When people tune into Jimmy Kimmel Live!, they likely expect some fairly lighthearted fare. This wasn’t the case on the evening of May 1, 2017, though, as instead of telling jokes, Kimmel got on stage and told his audience a very personal story. And even if the host did preface his tale with a reassurance that it had a happy ending, what he revealed was still distressing enough to get the whole world talking.
And the seriousness of Kimmel’s monologue may have been surprising to some – not least because he’s primarily known as a funnyman. Kimmel even started off his TV career on Comedy Central, where he initially appeared on Win Ben Stein’s Money; and his work on the game show ultimately earned him a Daytime Emmy Award.
Then, while still working on Win Ben Stein’s Money, Kimmel began co-hosting The Man Show. And this series, it seems, was enough of a hit to open new doors for the comedian. Certainly, Kimmel went on to bigger and better things in 2003, as that’s when he earned his own chat show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!