Jerry Lewis Says Goodbye as Telethon Host

By: MDA Release
By: MDA Release

July 27, 2011 -

After 45 years, legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has announced his retirement as MDA Telethon host, although he will continue to serve as MDA National Chairman. “I'll never desert MDA and my kids,” he vowed.

In a May 16 statement announcing his retirement, Jerry said, “It's time for an all-new Telethon era. This year's six-hour prime-time Telethon on Sept. 4 will be spectacular, and I'm thrilled to be part of it. We're so close to treatments that it's absolutely vital for everyone to tune in and make a generous donation. America has always found a way each year to give just one dollar more to help my kids.”

The 2011 MDA Labor Day Telethon will be the first to be broadcast entirely in prime time. Instead of the traditional 21½-hour broadcast, the six-hour show will air in every time zone from 6 p.m. to midnight (live on the East Coast and tape-delayed everywhere else). It promises to be a lively and fast-paced mix of entertainment by top performers, updates on breaking research, profiles of people MDA serves, and more.

Tune in to see some of your favorite celebrities “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” for MDA. Performances by country music superstars Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride already are scheduled, and more big acts are signing on every day.

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