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Jerry Lewis Won't Appear On This Year's Labor Day Telethon After All

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 4th 2011 11:10AM
Jerry LewisIn May, Jerry Lewis made waves by announcing that this year's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon would be his last, but now it seems he won't appear on the show at all.

MDA Chairman of the Board of Directors R. Rodney Howell, M.D., said in a statement Wednesday, "Jerry Lewis is a world-class humanitarian and we're forever grateful to him for his more than half century of generous service to MDA. We will not be replacing him as MDA national chairman, and he will not be appearing on the Telethon."

This news conflicts with what Lewis said three months ago, when he promised to make one last appearance at the Labor Day event. "As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual Telethon since 1966, and I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, 'You'll Never Walk Alone,'" he said in a May statement. "I'll continue to serve MDA as its National Chairman -- as I've done since the early 1950s. I'll never desert MDA and my kids."

There's no word on why the MDA made such an abrupt announcement, but at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last week, Lewis told reporters who inquired about his hosting status that "It's none of your business."

Lewis had hosted the fundraising telethon for 45 years, raising more than $2.45 billion in that time, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Lewis has dedicated more than 900 hours of live television raising money for the MDA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy.

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Kenny Robert Rustay

JERRY LEWIS DID IT FOR THE LOVE OF HIS KIDS THE C.E.O OF MDA DOES IT FOR THE MONEY LOOK IT UP I DID

September 04 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vewjhw1188

I hope that GOD punishes Mr .Howell not the children or the adults !
He is the rotten thief who has taken away the heart and soul an ispiration of this telethon !
I hope he falls flat on his face ! i know of several hundreds of people already who will NOT give to this anymore ! so good for you Mr Howell you have to sleep with yourself at night knowing YOU are the reason the children and adults will be suffering because YOU could not let Jerry go out with dignity ! i hope satan haunts you and eats you up when you fall to the pits of HELL !!!

September 04 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kariann Hart

It is sad to read of some folks who won't be giving to MDA this year because they object to the way Jerry has been treated. Why punish the children and adults who would be helped by your donation? There are more than 40 diseases which have benefited from donations. Remember young Matty? What would he think of your actions? There are some very good people who will be appealing to you for your help today. Don't want the show... fine. But do consider giving a donation for Jerry's Kids. Please.

September 04 2011 at 10:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kariann Hart

Thank you, Jerry for all your time and devotion to mD. We all appreciate your efforts! I would home that the MDA would allow a message from you via video tape. You should be allowed this opportunity.

September 04 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dr1212601

Thank you for your many years of service to wonderful charity. I guess I have to find something new to what over labor day weekend. Not sure why this was decided, but its a huge mistake.

August 11 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pindergale

thank you jerry...you are funny...and kind...and giving...always loved you since i was a child....alll you ingrates out there need a lesson in respect..oh yes he has earned it...have you...what have you done..love you jerry always...maybe you deadbeats can do a better job...its people like you that made him tired..he went out and tirelessly worked his whole life..a big thank you is in order not ridicule...love you...love you...love you.. jerry you are one of my idols..god bless you beautiful soul..linda

August 11 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Deb'e

My brother worked for MDA a few years ago and he quit because of the nastiness of Jerry Lewis. He was a loud, foul-mouthed old man who treated people on staff like they were idiots. The reason they took Jerry off is because they can't put a microphone in front of that old crazy man for one minute before he starts ranting or offending everyone with his filthy mouth. MDA is doing him a big favor to not let the public see him like this because it would ruin whatever nice memories anyone has of Jerry. He is a crazy old man who is mean and cruel now. Face it..... we are all better off without him on the MDA Telethon.

August 11 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Howard

What you have written does have merit but the questions one must ask would be would we even know about MD without the high profile face Jerry Lewis provided, I think not?

Looking at the media "darlings" that are out there today which one has provided their faces for a cause other than themselves?

As a person that is in the entertainment industry, I would suggest that the "talent" would surprise you if you saw them for what they are opposed to what they portray.

August 11 2011 at 5:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
countdemonet

NO one can come close to matching Jery's comic ability, He does it HIS way. I only wish he done more late night talk shows, he was funny and interesting. Not like some of these other comic actors. i.e Jim Carey. He's right about woman comics too except Phylss Diller, she's great. Fang!

August 10 2011 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
countdemonet

We LOVE Jerry. When we kids if a Lewis & Martin & later just a Lewis movie at the drive in. We knew we were going and get to go to the snack bar at intermission for pop corn & soda. If we were lucky, the Taj Mahal of treats, BON-BONS. I'm from Jersey just like him Remember Olympic Park?

August 10 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cruise10

There is absolutely no question that Jerry Lewis was very successful in raising funds. However, the show is getting really boring with too many old person acts. He is so full of himself which is a complete turn off. They need to finally replace him with someone else. Remember what happened to Bert Parks (Miss America) He too was full of himself and acted cocky on TV just liked Lewis does. Its time to make a necessary change.

August 10 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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