Telethon Claims Huge Tally, But Jerry’s Absence is Felt

LAS VEGAS — Even without Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon posted its best gain since the recession started, though the program’s longtime host was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fundraiser. “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said after co-hosting Sunday’s program that he’s sorry the famed comedian didn’t participate, […]

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Telethon Hosts Salute ‘Retired’ Jerry Lewis

LAS VEGAS — The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fundraiser — the charity’s first comments about the beloved icon’s departure since an announcement last month that he would not be seen in this year’s telethon. Lewis publicist Candi Cazau […]

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Lewis Comments on Telethon, But Doesn’t Explain Split

LAS VEGAS — King of Comedy Jerry Lewis said Saturday that his years of service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association helped make him a star, but he didn’t provide details on his recent departure as the group’s national chairman. In his first public appearance since that announcement, Lewis accepted a lifetime achievement award from the […]

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MDA Telethon Making Major Changes Without Lewis

By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press PHOENIX — Comedian Jerry Lewis’ conspicuous absence will not be the only change at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon this Labor Day weekend. The Arizona-based organization is making major changes to the telethon, slashing it down from a nearly 22-hour show to six hours of prime-time television in an […]

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