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Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon Earns Lots Of $$$ Without Jerry Lewis!

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muscular dystrophy telethon earns money without jerry lewis

Guess that's pretty much the end of Jerry's association with the MDA telethon!

Last month, we learned that Jerry Lewis was NOT returning to host this year's Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, which aired on Sept 4.

We were wondering how the telethon would fare without him, and sure enough it did VERY well!

The MDA telethon brought in its best numbers since 2008, raising $61.5 million, which is $2.6 million more than last year. Impressive!

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe co-hosted the event with Jann Carl instead of Jerry, and the two said that Lewis had "retired" during their broadcast.

More than anything, we're just glad to see that people are still donating SO MUCH $$$ to this important cause! Truly inspiring!

Thanks for all the years supporting the cause, Jerry! Much appreciated!

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4 comments to “Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon Earns Lots Of $$$ Without Jerry Lewis!”

  1. 1

    that amount is not the total JUST CALLED IN OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD MARIO!!! Don't you realize that people are there bring in checks from 7/11, and all those other places? That is money collected over months or the ENTIRE YEAR!

  2. 2

    Re: justtfax – Forget trying to reason with Perez. He's in Lythgoe's, Madonna's and Clive Davis' pockets. He's such a shill. You are absolutely correct about the year round fundraising. The real tell will be next year. That abortion of a show this past weekend was merely a commercial for anything to do with American Idol. A craptacular indeed.

  3. 3

    The important thing is that money was made for an important cause Jerry Lewis first brought to the public's attention. However, a) it sucks he was not a part of the show this year and b) from what I saw, the show was about as interesting and entertaining as a late night informercial. Personally, I found it and the "hosts" unwatchable.

  4. 4

    Jerry Lewis was and is a very angry man. He mentally abused and mentally abandoned his children. And he has always been greatly on the crazy side. You should have heard him talk about his children on Larry King several years ago.