Jerry Lewis NOT back to the MDA Labor Day Telethon hosting.
Jerry Lewis, the comedy veteran was reported Sunday to be returning as host and chairman of Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day annual Telethon, but Monday, the newspaper which published the information, made the correction.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal Sunday report, Jerry Lewis had been “reinstated” at the annual fundraising MDA event after, based on a source close to the comedian report.
On Monday, Las Vegas Review-Journal came back on the subject and said that the source “intended to say Lewis and the MDA had reconciled, not that Lewis had been reinstated.”
Candi Cazau, a Jerry Lewis representative said:
”Jerry Lewis being reinstated as the host of the MDA telethon is not accurate.”
Last May, it had been announced that Jerry Lewis, who hosted the MDA Telethon for 45 years, would be retiring after the 2011 show.
At the beginning of August, came the surprising news that Jerry Lewis was no longer the MDA’s national chairman and would not take part in 2011 MDA Telethon.
Jerry Lewis first telethon in 1966 was carried by a single New York station and raised more than $1 million.
In 2010, telethon brought in nearly $59 million for muscular dystrophy and ALS research.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association has already announced its star-studded lineup for the event which will be held on September 4.
JerryLewis was presented with a lifetime achievement award Saturday night at the Nevada Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Las Vegas, where he made no mention of the telethon.
Best known for his slapstick humor in multiple entertainment formats, Jerry Lewis launched his career with Dean Martin in 1946 when the duo created the comedy team of Martin and Lewis.
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