Jimmy Kimmel engaged to writer Molly McNearney

Jimmy Kimmel, left, and Molly McNearney arrive at Jimmy Kimmel, left, and Molly McNearney arrive at the 16th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles. (Nov. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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Jimmy Kimmel didn't have to look too far for his new fiancee.

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The ABC funnyman is newly engaged to girlfriend Molly McNearney. His spokesman, Lewis Kay, said Wednesday that Kimmel popped the question during a recent vacation in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

McNearney is the co-head writer for the network's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." They started dating in 2009, after Kimmel's breakup with comic Sarah Silverman.

Kimmel is 44 10 years older than his fiancee. The engagement was first reported by People magazine.

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