November 1, 2012 |
The following post has been updated. See note below for details. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Sting and other celebrities will join forces for a one-hour live telethon “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” airing Friday at 8 p.m. on NBCUniversal stations and streamed at NBC.com. Money raised during the telethon will be donated to American Red Cross relief efforts. In addition to being televised on NBC, the concert will be carried on Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC, E!
August 5, 2011 |
For the first time in 45 years, Jerry Lewis will not be pleading for donations in front of a camera Labor Day weekend after he was abruptly dismissed as the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s telethon, an event that drew attention to the childhood disease and in its heyday was an annual television highlight. The group said the 85-year-old legendary comedian would not appear on this year's telethon, and would no longer serve as its national chairman, a position he held for nearly 60 years.
August 4, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Change of plans: You won't get get to see Jerry Lewis on the MDA telethon one last time this year. He's out of the organization completely. ( Huffington Post ) President Obama's 50th birthday party is looking as if it'll be decidedly unstarry. ( Los Angeles Times ) CNN's Piers Morgan and Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, are having a phone-hacking spat of their own. ( Los Angeles Times ) Her Royal Highness, Kate, has gained entry into the International Best Dressed list.
May 17, 2011
Telethon to be Lewis' last Jerry Lewis, who has hosted the annual Muscular Dystrophy Assn. telethon for 45 years, said Monday he would be retiring from that job after this year's show, which is undergoing a major overhaul. Starting this September, the Labor Day telethon will shrink to six hours, with the 85-year-old entertainer joined by four co-hosts: Nigel Lythgoe of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," "Entertainment Tonight's" Nancy O'Dell and Jann Carl, and "The Biggest Loser's" Alison Sweeney.
May 16, 2011 |
The venue and approach were about as far removed from Mitt Romney’s straight-laced, wealthy persona as could be, but that didn’t stop about 800 volunteers from gathering in a deserted wing of the Las Vegas Convention Center early Monday to participate in the first major telethon of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign. Supporters of the former Massachusetts governor spent the day huddled around phones as they asked friends, family and business associates to make donations.
December 3, 2010 |
There are lots of ways to raise awareness about a disease -- and having Hollywood celebrities tell their stories always helps. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has gathered a number of notables, many of whom have a personal connection to the disease, for its first hourlong TV telethon on Saturday night. The Together for Care Telethon will feature, among others, actor Hector Elizondo, the foundation's honorary chairman, who has spoken openly lately about his own family's reluctance to seek help when his mother showed signs of Alzheimer's back in the mid-1960s.