Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel engaged to marry

LOS ANGELES Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:25pm EDT

Television host Jimmy Kimmel poses outside the White house before a visit to the press room House in Washington April 27, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Television host Jimmy Kimmel poses outside the White house before a visit to the press room House in Washington April 27, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is heading to the altar to marry Molly McNearney, a co-head writer on his late night program, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", the comedian's spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Celebrity news website People.com reported that the 44-year-old Kimmel proposed to McNearney, 34, while on vacation at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Kimmel was previously married for 13 years and has two children. He also had a high-profile relationship with comedian Sarah Silverman that lasted five years.

McNearney and Kimmel have been dating since 2009, and this will be McNearney's first marriage.

Kimmel is scheduled to host the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards on September 23 in Los Angeles.

(Reporting By Zorianna Kit; Editing Carol Bishopric)

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