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Jimmy Kimmel responds to being called 'an out-of-touch Hollywood elitist creep'

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On his first night back from paternity leave, Jimmy Kimmel on Monday thanked his well-wishers while paying special attention to those who disliked what he had to say about the state of health care during his May 2 monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been called an out-of-touch Hollywood elitist creep this week,” said Kimmel, who said last week that “no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.” Kimmel made the emotional speech after his infant son was born April 21 with congenital heart disease that required surgery.

“When I was a kid, we had to drink powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid variety,” Kimmel continued on Monday. “Our orange juice came frozen out of a can; it would squeeze out. My father, on the rare occasion we took a family trip, would hide our dog in the car and then smuggle it into the motel room to avoid paying a $2 pet fee. So after that, my dream was to become an out-of-touch Hollywood elitist. And I guess it came true. Anyway, I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. That was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

Kimmel also had some choice words for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who reportedly said, “the problem you have with humor in America today is that Hollywood is so enraged at Donald Trump that they can’t be funny.” He also accused liberals of perpetuating the notion that doctors will not treat uninsured or under-insured people.  “Doctors do everything [they] can to save the baby,” Gingrich said.

“Yes, it is true that if you have an emergency, they will do an operation, and that’s terrific if your baby’s health problems are all solved during that one visit. the only problem is that never, ever happens,” Kimmel said Monday. “We’ve had a dozen doctor’s appointments since our son had surgery. You have a cardiologist, a pediatrician, the surgeons, some kids need an ambulance to transport them, and that doesn’t even count parents who have to miss work for all this stuff. Those details, Newt forgot to mention. I don’t know if the double layers of Spanx are restricting the blood flow to his brain. And not only is Newt Gingrich an expert on sick babies, it turns out he also knows a thing or two about the late night comedy business.”

As for his son Billy with wife Molly McNearney, he’s doing “very, very well,” Kimmel said. “He’s eating. He is getting bigger.  He is sleeping well. He can read now, which they say is unusual for a child his age.”

Kimmel also lauded the many viewers who contributed to Children’s Hospital of LA after last week’s monologue. “Our plan is to send a card to everyone who made a donation, and there were a lot, so you may get those at Christmas time.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs at 11:30 pm. ET Monday through Friday on ABC.