Late-night presenter Jimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearny have been happily married since 2013. According to People, the couple met while working together on Jimmy’s show Jimmy Kimmel Live! where McNearny is co-writing director and executive producer. At the time, Jimmy was known to be dating actress Sarah Silverman, while McNearny was also dating someone else, although the couple reportedly formed a close bond on set. However, they only started dating in 2010. Now Jimmy and McNearny are the proud parents of two children, Jane and Billy.
While Jimmy seems to have found eternal love with his producer, you may (or may not) be surprised to learn that this wasn’t his first marriage. Before McNearny, the popular TV host was married to his college sweetheart, Gina Maddy-Kimmel. As summarized by Suggest, Jimmy and Gina attended Arizona State University where their paths first crossed and they eventually fell in love. They married in 1988, just as Jimmy was beginning his career as a radio host, and welcomed two children: a daughter, Katie, in 1991 and a son, Kevin, in 1993. The couple remained married for over 13 years before separating in 1999 In 2002, when Gina cited “irreconcilable differences” in her divorce filing (via Midland Daily News). Their divorce was finalized the following year, per Us Weekly, and not much has been heard about Gina since. What has Jimmy’s first wife been up to since their split?
Gina Kimmel has found a new love
After divorcing Jimmy Kimmel, Gina Maddy-Kimmel moved back to Chicago and studied fashion and pattern making at Harper College in Palatine, per the Daily Herald. Then, in 2014, she launched her own line of vintage loungewear called Maddy James (named after her father). Inspired by the “beautiful women of ages past,” the collection was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which helped raise over $16,000. As well as starting her own clothing line, Gina has also worked as a costume designer and is featured in films such as ‘Party Like the Queen of France’ and ‘Party Like The Rich and Famous’ in 2012 on her IMDb page.
As mentioned by Suggest, Gina has been in a relationship with a man named Chris Jones since 2003, the same year that her divorce from Jimmy was finalized. On her 18th anniversary last year, Gina took to Instagram to celebrate the special occasion, writing, “18 years with this guy. We look forward to our next adventure.” Aside from her travels with Chris, Gina also frequently shares pictures of her family and pet cats on her Instagram page, although her account has since been made private.
Jimmy Kimmel and Gina remained civil
Following their 2002 divorce, Jimmy Kimmel and his former wife Gina have maintained a civil relationship. They last got back together at their daughter Katie’s wedding in September last year. Per Page Six, Katie tied the knot with her husband, musician Will Logsdon, after five years of dating, in an intimate ceremony with her family and friends.
Gina’s longtime partner Chris Jones also attended the wedding, which took place at The Saint Elle in Nashville, Tennessee. During the ceremony, Jimmy and Katie shared a sweet father-and-daughter moment as they danced to The Temptations’ iconic “My Girl,” as documented by Access.
Kevin Kimmel, Jimmy and Gina’s only son, is now also married. He recently married his longtime girlfriend, Nicole Francisca, at South Fork Lodge & Outfitters, owned by his father in Sweet Valley, Idaho (via BoiseDev). “After an exciting three and a half months it is an absolute joy to finally call you my wife @nicolefkimmel,” Kevin wrote when sharing a snap of their wedding on Instagram. According to a previous post, Kevin and his girlfriend got engaged in January 2021, after more than a decade together.