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Jimmy Kimmel to marry head writer on his show

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is engaged to girlfriend Molly McNearney.
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Actress Kerry Washington (L) and TV host Jimmy Kimmel announce the nominees for the Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie Award during the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations held at the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jimmy Kimmel is getting married.

The Associated Press reported he is engaged to girlfriend Molly McNearney, who just happens to be the co-head writer for his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

His spokesman Lewis Kay said the comedian proposed during a recent vacation in South Africa's Kruger National Park, the AP reported.

The couple started dating in 2009 after Kimmel's high profile relationship with comic Sarah Silverman ended.

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"After Jimmy and Sarah broke up, Molly and Jimmy both found themselves single, and they clicked," a source told People magazine. "They're really happy together."

Kimmel will host the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 23, according to People.

Kimmel, now 44, is 10 years older McNearney; it is his second marriage.

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