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) (Credit: AP)

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

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 fiancée. The engagement was first reported by People magazine.

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