Comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s seven-month-old son “had a scheduled and successful heart surgery this morning,” ABC on Monday announced in a statement to People.
ABC added that Kimmel is “with his family” and will have celebrity guests replacing him this week as the host of its “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Actor Chris Pratt took over Kimmel’s spot late Monday, while actress Tracee Ellis Ross will do so Tuesday night.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris and actress Melissa McCarthy will then round out this week’s episodes of the late-night talk show.
Guests for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week include rapper Mary J. Blige, actress Octavia Spencer, singer Miguel and more.
William John “Billy” Kimmel’s surgery was initially scheduled for late October, according to ABC, but it was postponed “due to the common cold.”
Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, welcomed William Kimmel into the world last April.
The comic then announced that William Kimmel had undergone surgery at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at three-days-old due to a heart condition.
William Kimmel has the tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart defect that is present at birth.
“Basically, the pulmonary valve was completely blocked and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart,” Jimmy Kimmel said during an emotional May monologue explaining his child’s health challenges.
Jimmy Kimmel said at the time that his son would have a second operation between three and six-months-old following his first successful heart surgery.
McNearney and Jimmy Kimmel also share a three-year-old daughter, Jane Kimmel, and the host has two older children – Kevin Kimmel and Katie Kimmel – from a past relationship.
Jimmy Kimmel waded into politics earlier this year by citing the extensive care needed for William Kimmel’s heart struggles during the GOP’s push to repeal and replace Obamacare.