Kimmel revealed his newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart defect and had to undergo emergency surgery. Somehow, the 67-year-old former “Tonight Show” host got word of his condition, and reached out.
“Jay and I have made peace,” divulged Kimmel on the reconciliation. “After my son had his operation, he called me and he was very nice.”
Over the years, Kimmel has publicly made fun of Leno in his monologues and skits on his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, while professing love and respect for Jay’s longtime late-night rival, David Letterman.
“You have to remember how much I love David Letterman,” said Kimmel. “When all that stuff happened, I was just a fan, reading Bill Carter’s book and there was a villain and a hero, and Dave was the hero and Jay was the villain.”
“I think he’s really funny and I think he’s talented, I just think he has a bit of a mean streak,” responded Leno. “When I watch his thing where he takes the candy away from the kids at Halloween and they cry, I don’t get that. That seems mean to me. I guess it’s funny on some level. But on another level, it doesn’t come from the heart.”
“You can’t argue with his success and his longevity. I will say, when I was in high school and college, he was one of my all-time favorite comics,” added Kimmel, who revealed earlier this month that his son still has two more surgical procedures in front of him.