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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."

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What You Missed Last Night: Paul Shaffer on Jimmy Kimmel Live

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2009 3:14PM
It's not a regular thing to see late night hosts appear on other late night shows. But I think it was great that The Late Show with David Letterman's Paul Shaffer was given the okay to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live to not only plug his new book but also play with the band. I can't imagine Kevin Eubanks coming over to The Late Show and doing the same.

He also talked about his love for Las Vegas and Jerry Lewis. They don't do the split screen right though. Shouldn't they be looking straight ahead instead of at each other?

[Watch clips and episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Did Jerry Lewis say the F word during his telethon? - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 3rd 2007 9:40PM

Jerry Lewis - 2005No, not that F word. The other one. The one that's a derogatory word for a gay person.

Check out the video at Breitbart. In the 18th hour of his annual MDA Telethon, Lewis walks about the stage and the audience making comments on various people, and at one point stops and talks about the cameraman and his family (supposedly). He says "your family has come to see you...you remember Bart, your oldest son...Jesse, the illiterate f****t..." The audience laughs and moans a bit, but I'm trying to figure out exactly what Lewis says here. Does he actually say that word, or does he start to say "fatty" or something similar? You make the call.

Whatever he says, it's an odd piece of video for sure. I guess that what happens when you're up for 18 hours.

UPDATE: Video is embedded after the jump.

UPDATE #2: He admits he did use the word, and has apologized.

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Jerry Lewis Telethon raises record amount

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 5th 2006 9:03AM

Jerry LewisSixty-one million dollars. That's the amount of money raised during this year's Jerry Lewis Telethon to fight Muscular Dystrophy. The influx of money to the annual telethon, which is held during the Labor Day holiday, was bolstered by a huge donation from a group of firefighters and the lack of a major hurricane so far this season.

This broke the previous record of $60.5 million, which was set back in 2003. The telethon was able to surpass this amount with a $23.5 million dollar contribution from the International Association of Firefighters. Last year only $55 million was raised due to the devastation hurricane Katrina wrought on the Gulf Coast shortly before Labor Day. Bob Mackle, Muscular Dystrophy Association spokesman, expressed great relief that there weren't any storms this season.

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