Comedian Sarah Silverman is the latest guest host to fill in for Jimmy Kimmel on his live show as he takes a break for the summer. Opening the show, Silverman mentioned in her monologue she was Kimmel’s ex. We explore their past relationship as some ask the question – did Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel ever date?

Guest host’s monologue sparks interest on Jimmy Kimmel’s dating history

Jimmy Kimmel is taking a break from his weekday talk show, with many well-known names, including Wanda Sykes, Nick Kroll and David Spade appearing as guest hosts.

The latest guest to present the talk show was comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who made her debut on the show last night (Wednesday, 11 August).

In her opening monologue, Silverman admitted she and Jimmy Kimmel had previously dated as she joked about filling in for him in presenting the show.

The actress joked: “This is actually a historic moment. I am the first person to ever cover a shift for their ex on national television. That’s right. I took his virginity, and now I’m going to take his show.”

Following the show, fans were curious to know more about Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel’s past relationship.

Did Sarah Silverman date Jimmy Kimmel?

Yes. Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel are reported to have dated for five years between 2003 and 2008.

The following year he began dating his now-wife Molly McNearny, who he married in 2013.

In spite of their past relationship, the two comedians are both friends with Silverman having appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live many times over the years.

However, Kimmel has previously admitted their friendship “took some time” after their relationship ended.

While appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2019, he explained: “It definitely took some time. It was never like where we didn’t like each other, hated each other or anything like that. But it definitely took some time to be comfortable enough to be friends again.”

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What is Sarah Silverman known for?

Sarah Silverman may be familiar to many for voicing the role of Vanellope in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph franchise.

Over the years, Silverman has voiced many parts on well-known animated shows, including Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and Futurama.

Elsewhere some audiences may know Silverman for her sitcom series The Sarah Silverman Program, which was a fictionalised take on her life as a comedian.

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