Jerry Lewis Will Not Host Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon
8:57 am, August 4th, 2011
Jerry Lewis is no longer the national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and he will not appear on the organization’s upcoming Labor Day telethon.
The news comes after an announcement last May that Lewis’ final telethon would be on September 4.
That’s no longer the case, as the MDA has released a statement confirming that Lewis is no longer the organization’s chairman and will not host this year’s telethon.
There was no official explanation for the move.
His first telethon in 1966 was carried by a single New York station and raised more than $1 million. Last year’s telethon brought in nearly $59 million for muscular dystrophy and ALS research.
In all, Lewis’ telethons have raised more than $1 billion.
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