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Jerry Lewis out as Muscular Dystrophy Association chairman
cnn.com ^ | August 3, 2011

Posted on 08/03/2011 7:48:11 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(CNN) -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that comedian Jerry Lewis is no longer serving as the organization's national chairman.

Lewis, 85, and MDA had announced in May that he was retiring as host of the MDA Labor Day Telethon in September. But he said then in a statement that he was planning to continue to serve as the organization's national chairman.

"As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual telethon since 1966," Lewis said in the news release issued in May by the association. "And I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year, by performing my signature song, 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'"

Jim Brown, vice president of public relations for the MDA, told CNN in a telephone interview that Lewis will not be replaced in his role as national chairman.

He also said that Lewis will not host this year's telethon, which is scheduled for September 4. Instead, it will be hosted by Nigel Lythgoe, Nancy O'Dell, Allison Sweeney and Jan Carl, Brown said.

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KEYWORDS: jerrylewis; labordaytelethon; mda
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1 posted on 08/03/2011 7:48:15 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Nigel lythgoe will be a good host. Not sure about Allison Sweeney. She’s pretty mediocre.

I believe that originally Jerry Lewis went for this charity because he was accused of mocking the handicapped with his characters. So while I give him credit for the good work he has done, it’s not all golden and pure.


2 posted on 08/03/2011 7:53:05 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Dude. The guy does 45 years and you find fault?

Yes, it’s all golden and pure.


3 posted on 08/03/2011 7:54:41 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
it will be hosted by Nigel Lythgoe, Nancy O'Dell, Allison Sweeney and Jan Carl

Well, my Labor Day's complete.
4 posted on 08/03/2011 7:55:31 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Yaelle

So you figured that he did this for MD for over forty years because of that? Hummm, no good deed goes unpunished I guess.


5 posted on 08/03/2011 7:56:37 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: Yaelle

Nigel lythgoe will be a good host. Not sure about Allison Sweeney. She’s pretty mediocre.

That is so funny. I was thinking the complete opposite. I think they need some fresh young person to run it. Last thing we need is an old coot like Nigel. How boring.


6 posted on 08/03/2011 7:57:09 PM PDT by napscoordinator (HI]]\]\)
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To: Thrownatbirth

I never heard of any of them, guess I have been under a rock.


7 posted on 08/03/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Yaelle

Hell, Jerry Lewis is 85 years old!


8 posted on 08/03/2011 7:59:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass; WHBates

Maybe I was too harsh. It doesn’t really matter why Lewis started. He done good!


9 posted on 08/03/2011 7:59:33 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: napscoordinator

Allison rocks on Days though(Yep its the only show I actually watch on NBC)


10 posted on 08/03/2011 8:00:13 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Yaelle

The one thing I can’t stomach is watching Jerry Lewis pretending to care about someone other than himself.


11 posted on 08/03/2011 8:00:38 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Krankor

Well, then this news should have you in seventh heaven. We’ll see how the MDA does without him.


12 posted on 08/03/2011 8:01:56 PM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Nigel Lythgoe, Nancy O’Dell, Allison Sweeney and Jan Carl,
##

I’ve never heard of any of these people. Are they in show business?


13 posted on 08/03/2011 8:03:36 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: John W
The only thing that would put me in seventh heaven is if they got Nigel Bruce to take his place.

14 posted on 08/03/2011 8:05:04 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I don’t watch Days but do know her from BL and throughout the years from seeing her on commercials about Days. I think she would do an outstanding job and bring a needed freshness to the telethon. She probably has access to a wider group of actors and musicians than ancient Jerry Lewis whose connections are all pretty much dead. Oh by the way, I hope that Days lasts forever so you can continue to enjoy it.


15 posted on 08/03/2011 8:06:12 PM PDT by napscoordinator (HI]]\]\)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Nigel Lythgoe:

Looks like a cross between Donald Trump and Prince Charles!

16 posted on 08/03/2011 8:07:25 PM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts:Stopped hanging witches;started electing Kennedys.Coincidence?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The cash or the cure.


17 posted on 08/03/2011 8:10:29 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Possibly the reason (?)

Last week at the TCA Press Tour, Lewis was cryptic about his future involvement with the telethon, telling reporters, “It’s none of your business.” During that discussion, he also slammed reality TV shows like American Idol and The Biggest Loser. Oddly enough: American Idol producer Nigel Lythoe and Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney were slated to cohost the telethon with Lewis.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/08/03/jerry-lewis-will-not-host-2011s-mda-telethon/

18 posted on 08/03/2011 8:11:21 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: napscoordinator

Been a longtime fan of the show but its gone downhill throughout the years(always happens with Soap operas, you can miss a few months and start watching again and you really haven’t missed anything) I doubt the show lasts forever. I think their contract expires next year, but Alison has been doing an outstanding job on the show..also on Biggest Loser so it will be great seeing her co-host the Telethon


19 posted on 08/03/2011 8:11:21 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SUSSA
Nigel Lythgoe, Nancy O’Dell, Allison Sweeney and Jan Carl.

Are these people employed at Denny's or something? I've never heard of them
20 posted on 08/03/2011 8:13:41 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: WHBates

So you figured that he did this for MD for over forty years because of that?
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Possibly it started that way...Never can tell, if lawsuit was inevitable, he may have agreed to doing it, it caught on, helped his ‘career’ and now they have to ‘drive him out’.

Stranger things have happened..

Hell, maybe M Richards will do something for ‘Rainbow Coalition’ - (of course, at the urging of J Jackson to do a pro-bono so as not to get sued)


21 posted on 08/03/2011 8:15:59 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) We have got to get serious about 'readjusting' the present House and Senate.)
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To: massmike

Yep!

You nailed that one!


22 posted on 08/03/2011 8:17:19 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I Stand With Sarah!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

23 posted on 08/03/2011 8:20:22 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Signalman

I’m glad I’m not the only one.


24 posted on 08/03/2011 8:21:12 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Krankor

Beaky!


25 posted on 08/03/2011 8:23:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Yaelle

People can change.


26 posted on 08/03/2011 8:25:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Freeper football "Free Men or Lickspittle". Ask me how and why!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Yaelle

27 posted on 08/03/2011 8:26:37 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Jerry was good in “The Nutty Professor”. After that I think he was typecast. IMHO


28 posted on 08/03/2011 8:29:06 PM PDT by logitech
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Thank you Jerry, for all you have done !

29 posted on 08/03/2011 8:30:10 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: xrmusn
Possibly it started that way...Never can tell, if lawsuit was inevitable, he may have agreed to doing it, it caught on, helped his ‘career’ and now they have to ‘drive him out’. Stranger things have happened..

Wow, that some pretty twisted logic, lawsuit? Really? Maybe your young and don't know anything about Lewis's career back in the 50's and 60's, but WTF difference does it make why he started to do it. AFIK, other that possibly good publicity he didn't personally profit off the MD organization. I never liked his comedy much but he raised a boat load of money for MD and devoted tons of time other than just for the telethon.

30 posted on 08/03/2011 8:30:43 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: WHBates

I believe Jerry quit smoking because somebody promised a huge donation if he quit, and he’s stuck to it for years, now if that isn’t dedication, I don’t know what is.


31 posted on 08/03/2011 8:32:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Signalman
"Nigel Lythgoe, Nancy O'Dell, Allison Sweeney and Jan Carl....are these people employed at Denny's or something?"

The only people I know by those names worked for Border's till it went belly up. Their main jobs were to hide conservative books in the back of the boiler room.

Leni

32 posted on 08/03/2011 8:34:14 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: Yaelle
I believe that originally Jerry Lewis went for this charity because he was accused of mocking the handicapped with his characters. So while I give him credit for the good work he has done, it’s not all golden and pure.

A candidate for the most vile and disgusting comment ever made on FR. What kind of person makes such a remark?

33 posted on 08/03/2011 8:36:07 PM PDT by kabar
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To: MCH

34 posted on 08/03/2011 8:37:17 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is he going to reunite with Dino now?


35 posted on 08/03/2011 8:38:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Krankor

Hubby always loved Jerry Lewis growing up... he and his best buddy loved to mimic Jerry’s routines. When he met Mr. Lewis in the course of his work he found the man is nothing like his on-screen persona. Lewis is an egotistical, nasty, SOB.


36 posted on 08/03/2011 8:39:59 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

37 posted on 08/03/2011 8:40:34 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My grandparents and I used to watch the show back in the 60’s when my parents were out having fun. Another childhood icon gone, though I haven’t watched it in YEARS. In fact, I didn’t even know Lewis was still hosting the event, kind of like Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve. Painful. People have to know when to retire and pass the torch.

Reminds me a lot of certain congresscritters.


38 posted on 08/03/2011 8:41:02 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

39 posted on 08/03/2011 8:41:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mplsconservative

I will amend my comments that unlike congresscritters, Lewis asked for free will donations. Forgive me, big mistake.


40 posted on 08/03/2011 8:45:28 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Is he going to reunite with Dino now?


41 posted on 08/03/2011 8:46:02 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

God bless you jerry lewis.. you done good...


42 posted on 08/03/2011 8:48:13 PM PDT by delchiante
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To: delchiante

Neil Cavuto would be a good choice to at least appear...


43 posted on 08/03/2011 8:56:57 PM PDT by null and void (Day 923. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I gave it up cold turkey when Marlena was possessed by the devil. LOL


44 posted on 08/03/2011 8:59:23 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("President Fox's vision for an open border is a vision I embrace"- Rick Perry)
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To: Politicalmom

HAHA yeah that brings back memories. The whole possession storyline was lame, but heck, its Days we are talking about here..I mean really, how many times has Stefano died..20, 30 LOL


45 posted on 08/03/2011 9:07:21 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Thrownatbirth
Well, my Labor Day's complete.

With Nancy O'Dell, mine too!

46 posted on 08/03/2011 9:17:10 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: Krankor
The only thing that would put me in seventh heaven is if they got Nigel Bruce to take his place.

LOL...No sh*t, Sherlock!

47 posted on 08/03/2011 9:19:50 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: Brandonmark

I’m guessing sooner than later.


48 posted on 08/03/2011 9:20:44 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: Rational Thought

Oops.


49 posted on 08/03/2011 9:22:05 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: massmike

What’s with all the Limeys they’re foisting upon us these days?


50 posted on 08/03/2011 9:49:12 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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