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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Lewis Gone, But Telethon Brings In More Than '10

LAS VEGAS (AP) - 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, but the organization needs to move on to ensure the fundraiser continues.

The telethon raised nearly $61.5 million Sunday, an increase of about $2.6 million over last year, MDA officials said.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I haven't watched this telethon for years. But still, when you think of MS or the telethon, you think of Jerry Lewis.

I think the powers that be dissed him. He should have gone out with style and grace.

I think the telethon will go on, but I think they have hurt it's image and alienated some viewers.