Who Is Jimmy Kimmel's Wife? All About Molly McNearney

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Jimmy Kimmel (L) and Molly McNearney arrives for 2018 From Paris with Love Children's Hospital Los Angeles Gala at L.A. Live Event Deck on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
Jimmy Kimmel (L) and Molly McNearney arrives for 2018 From Paris with Love Children's Hospital Los Angeles Gala at L.A. Live Event Deck on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

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Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney worked together for six years on Jimmy Kimmel Live! before their workplace chemistry led to a real-life romance.

As the only female writer on the show, McNearney developed a camaraderie with Kimmel while the two were dating other people. They eventually both found themselves single and after the late-night show host prepared a meal of McNearney's favorite foods, the pair made their relationship official. They got engaged while on safari in Africa and tied the knot in 2013 in Ojai, California.

While Kimmel is well known for his work in front of the camera, McNearney has had a successful career behind the camera as a writer and executive producer for her husband's show.

Here's everything we know about Jimmy Kimmel's wife Molly McNearney.

She is the executive producer and co-head writer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel (L) and Molly McNearney attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
Jimmy Kimmel (L) and Molly McNearney attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

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McNearney and Kimmel aren't just partners at home, they are co-workers too. She is the executive producer and co-head writer at Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has also worked on the Oscars and Primetime Emmy Awards.

She occasionally appears on Kimmel's show, and at times, Kimmel has mentioned her during segments. The former Oscars host told Matt James that McNearney had guessed who the final three contestants would be on James' season of The Bachelor, and her picks were pretty close.

"I don't think there is a thought process, she just kind of looks at them. Sometimes she picks before the show starts and she just looks at a picture and decides, and somehow she gets it right," Kimmel said on air, adding that McNearney thought Rachael Kirkconnell would be James' "bride."

She and Kimmel started dating in 2010

Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend VANITY FAIR Oscar Party - ARRIVALS at Sunset Tower Hotel on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California
Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend VANITY FAIR Oscar Party - ARRIVALS at Sunset Tower Hotel on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California

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The producer worked for Kimmel for six years before the two began a romantic relationship.

"When I first met him, he insulted me," McNearney recalled of their first encounter during an interview with Glamour. "The executive producer brought me into his office and said, 'This is Molly; she's my new assistant.' Jimmy barely looked up from his desk until my EP said, 'She competes in triathlons,' and then Jimmy looked up at me and said, 'That is really stupid! What a waste of time.' "

Kimmel and McNearney were strictly platonic at first as they were both dating other people at the time (Kimmel was linked to Sarah Silverman until 2009). Over the years, their office friendship grew into something more and Kimmel eventually won McNearney over by cooking for her.

"All the writers would socialize after the show, and we would just hang out more and more. We really liked each other as friends, and then it just kind of turned. He cooked for me, and that was it. It sealed the deal," McNearney told Glamour.

She got engaged to Kimmel in South Africa

After about three years of dating, Kimmel asked McNearney to marry him while the pair were vacationing in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

"After Jimmy and Sarah [Silverman] broke up, Molly and Jimmy both found themselves single, and they clicked," a source told PEOPLE at the time. "They're really happy together."

Prior to their engagement, the couple was slow to share the news of their relationship with their co-workers.

"I was very, very nervous because I love our writers so much, and we work so closely together. I was also the only female writer in the room at the time, and I didn't want to change the dynamic," McNearney told Glamour. "We love to make fun of Jimmy over here, myself included. When you have camaraderie with your co-workers, one of the parts of that is making fun of the boss a little bit, and now to think, That's the guy I'm dating, I didn't want that to stop."

She married Kimmel in 2013

Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney arrives at the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California
Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney arrives at the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala at LACMA on November 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California

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McNearney and Kimmel were married on July 13, 2013, in Ojai, California. Guests included stars such as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Aniston. The couple requested guests make a charitable contribution in lieu of gifts.

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds honeymooned in Portofino, Italy.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McNearney opened up about their relationship and jokingly called Kimmel "the greatest wife you could ask for."

"When we started dating, I would go back and forth between my place and his," McNearney continued. "I have my stuff at my house, and I like my own space. One time, he was in the bathroom for a very long time, and I just figured something was going on internally."

The executive producer added, "A few days later, he presented me with this big box that had two of everything in my makeup and Dopp kit, because he saw that I was lugging stuff back and forth, and he wanted me to be comfortable in his home. He was in the bathroom for that hour and a half with my bag going through every single thing: every lotion, razor, deodorant, shampoo, makeup."

She has two kids with Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Kimmel, Jane Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend Hammer Museum K.A.M.P. (Kids' Art Museum Project) 2018 at Hammer Museum on May 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Kimmel, Jane Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend Hammer Museum K.A.M.P. (Kids' Art Museum Project) 2018 at Hammer Museum on May 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

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The couple share two children together: daughter Jane and son William "Billy" John. The late-night host also has two children from his first marriage, Katie and Kevin.

After the birth of her first child, Jane, McNearney joked about her labor experience on Twitter. "Kids, don't do drugs. Until you have a baby. Then do ALL OF THEM," the new mother wrote.

The couple's son, Billy, was born with a congenital heart condition and had to undergo three heart surgeries after he was born. Kimmel has been very candid about the experience on his show and praised McNearney during a 2017 episode for being "so strong and level-headed and positive and loving during the worst nightmare a new mother could experience."

In 2018, Kimmel posted a Mother's Day tribute to McNearney on Instagram with a photo of their children.

"Happy #MothersDay to every Mom, especially my wife Molly- you are even more beautiful with weird little people hanging onto you," he wrote.

She is open about her son's health challenges

Jimmy Kimmel, wife Molly McNearney, children William and Jane arrive for the world premiere of "Toy Story 4" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California on June 11, 2019
Jimmy Kimmel, wife Molly McNearney, children William and Jane arrive for the world premiere of "Toy Story 4" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California on June 11, 2019

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McNearney is also very open about her son Billy's health issues. During an appearance on Anna Faris' podcast Unqualified, the mother of two opened up about the experience. "Kids are so resilient — he had open-heart surgery on a Monday and we were home on Friday," she said.

When Kimmel returned to work after Billy's surgery, McNearney was unprepared for her husband's emotional monologue about their son.

"So, there I am, in my living room breastfeeding Billy with my mom beside me, and we're watching," McNearney recalled in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I sobbed through the entire thing. I couldn't believe the strength that it took to tell that story a week after it happened. He didn't have to do that."

She added, "Our family has excellent health care; he had nothing to gain from that. He did it for the other people whom we met in that hospital. He came home that night, and I just hugged him and I wouldn't let go."

She gave away Kimmel's possessions on TV

McNearney has starred in multiple segments on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she gives away items of Kimmel's that she's been pressuring him to get rid of.

In the first segment, McNearney gave away a pair of running shoes styled after the American flag, in addition to a set of golf clubs owned by Kimmel's manager.

"You know marriage isn't easy," Kimmel said when he introduced the segment. "One of the biggest ongoing conflicts I have with my wife is about stuff. She doesn't like mine. She likes hers, but she wants me to get rid of all my stuff. So much so that we've now turned that into a recurring nightmare on the show."

She and Kimmel have joint charity interests

Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade at UCLA Royce Quad on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend 10th Annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade at UCLA Royce Quad on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California

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The pair have been known for their charitable giving. In 2020, the couple announced that they would match donations up to $25,000 to the Los Angeles-based charity St. Joseph's Center.

"Let's make sure that every kid gets presents this year," Kimmel wrote on Instagram at the time.

Kimmel is also a supporter of Alex's Lemonade Stand. In 2015, he explained why he got involved with the cancer research charity to PEOPLE. "I've had many relatives die of cancer," he said, "but it's really more about the possibility of that happening, and looking at being a parent and seeing these people who decided that instead of being devastated by [the loss of their daughter to cancer] — which of course they were — they were going to do something to help others in memory of their daughter."