Ellie Kemper had a good reason to bail on Jimmy Kimmel’s recent party: She’s pregnant with her second child!
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star, 39, revealed the pregnancy on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live after the late-night host razzed her for missing the party he threw for the cast of Live in Front a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons.
“This is my nightmare that this subject would come up,” she said. “I was unable to make it. I am so sorry. I’m gonna tell you why: It’s because I’m pregnant and I felt sick … I’ve been blaming the pregnancy [for] so many things, and this is one of them.”
Her stylist, Jessica Paster, also broadcast the happy news, praising the “beautiful mommy to be” on Instagram after Kemper attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt event on Wednesday, May 29.
Kemper, who’s been married to Michael Koman since 2012, also revealed her first pregnancy on late-night television, breaking the big news on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in April 2016. She and the writer welcomed son James, now 2, that July.
The Office alum opened up to Us Weekly about the challenges of parenthood in March 2018. “I’m new to this, but I would imagine all parents feel guilty most of the time,” she explained. “I don’t know that that’s good, but it’s hard, as everyone knows. So accepting that you’re not gonna be everywhere at once is like an ongoing challenge for me. Guilt is hard to shake. I think anyone can relate to that.”
Two months later, Kemper raved to Us about James’ progress. “He’s a genius,” she said. “I can’t believe how he’s mastered all of these words already. In the past week, he’s started imitating, mimicking words that I say. He says them right back to me and I think he’s the smartest person on the planet.”
“It is incredible how quickly everything changes,” she added at the time.
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