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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.