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First MDA Labor Day Telethon Held Without Jerry Lewis Raises $61.5 Million

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 5th 2011 7:15AM
Jerry LewisIt was the end of an era Sunday night as the first Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon was held without comedy legend Jerry Lewis at the helm. The good news is that this year's show raised almost $61.5 million for the MDA, up about $2.6 million from 2010.

However, the absent Lewis was on the minds of many, and Nigel Lythgoe, who co-hosted this year's telethon with Jann Carl said he was sad that his predecessor didn't participate, but that the MDA needs to move on to ensure the fundraiser continues.

Lythgoe also told the Associated Press that he'd been expecting Lewis to show up, either during the telecast, or to pre-tape his signature song 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'

"I was fully expecting him to turn up at any point and join that six hours -- and I'm sorry he didn't," Lythgoe said. "And hopefully another year he might. I mean, he knows that he is always welcome on the telethon. It's his baby."

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Jerry Lewis: 5 Memorable Moments from the MDA Telethons

by Moviefone Staff, posted Aug 4th 2011 7:00PM
Jerry LewisJerry Lewis, who has hosted the MDA Labor Day telethon since 1966, has been relieved of his hosting duties. He will not be present at this year's event.

Let's be honest here: yes, the telethon is a great event that has raised billions for the fight against muscular dystrophy – but, those are a lot of hours to fill every year and most of those hours are filled with, well, filler. But! Over the course of the last 45 years, there have been many, many memorable moments. Look: John Lennon! KISS! The Jackson 5! Joan Crawford and her daughter – a daughter who would in the future write 'Mommie Dearest.'

So, to commemorate Mr. Lewis's contribution to society (and popular culture), here are five memorable moments from his telethon.

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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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Is Cutting the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon to 6 Hours a Good Thing?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2010 10:00AM
Jerry Lewis hosts the 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA TelethonAnother part of TV history is changing.

The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, which just had its 45th annual show last month, has announced that starting next year the show will no longer be 21 hours long. Instead, the show will change to a six-hour primetime special format.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

It's hard to say how we should feel about this. On one hand, the telethon is a unique kind of television that they don't anymore, an annual show that runs over two days and is live and has both a strong national and local focus. On the other hand, they don't do telethons like this for other causes, and it seems like this is a relic of a TV era that has gone by (for better or worse).

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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 has heart attack

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2006 12:37AM
Jerry LewisTV and film funny man (and MDA Telethon host) Jerry Lewis had a mild heart attack on Sunday. He also has pneumonia, and even though both things aren't good for a man of 80, doctors say he's going to make a full recovery. He remains in the hospital.

Lewis was supposed to perform live for the first time in five years in July, but that now has been cancelled. He also appeared at a Friar's Club Roast in his honor on Friday night.

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