Skip to comments.Correction: Jerry Lewis is Hosting MDA Telethon Tonight
Posted on 09/03/2006 12:14:18 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
Saw this just breaking...Jerry Lewis will not host the annual MDA telethon for the first time ever due to a sudden illness...Ed McMahon will take his place as full time host this year.
Lewis has battled a number of illnesses over the last 12 years but always managed to host the 21.5 hour show...even on oxygen.
A taped opening filmed on August 31st on the Vegas strip with him stopping traffic with an orchestra at 2 am will still be shown but Lewis is too ill to do the show live.
I have supported MDA since age 4 when I would walk neighborhoods collecting for the charity and well...Labor Day wouldn't be Labor Day without Jerry Lewis on TV.
That sucks - I never really cared for Lewis' comedy but thought his telethon was a great thing.
Wow... you know he's in a bad way.
Even his movies with Dean Martin? They were so silly they were hilarious.
prayers for Jerry Lewis.
he is an intresting and a weird guy, but his heart is in the right place most of the time.
Understand...his sense of humor is really a matter of taste. One can not however look at the man and not show an enormous amount of respect for 41+ years of dedication for MDA...it still gets major star power to the program.
Joined by host Ed McMahon and co-hosts, Jann Carl, Tom Bergeron, Norm Crosby, Billy Gilman, Larry King, Tony Orlando and Bob Zany. This years on-air talent includes Celine Dion , Paul Anka, Goo Goo Dolls, Lee Greenwood, Dave Matthews Band, Joshua Bell, Jo Dee Messina, Daddy Yankee, Cheap Trick, Rita Rudner, Neil Patrick Harris, Ray Romano, William Shatner, Donald Trump, Sean Hayes, Lance Burton, Clint Holmes, Louie Anderson, George Wallace, Julie Roberts, Maureen McGovern, George Clinton, Village People, the casts of Phantom of the Opera, Shout, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, The Color Purple and the Wedding singer and more.
Prayers for Jerry!
France is deeply saddened...
I'm sorry to hear this, and offer my prayers as well. Labor Day is all about the MDA Telethon. I'll of course watch much of the telethon and make our annual contribution, but it won't be the same without Jerry.
Jerry...if you are never able to do another telethon then God bless you for the work and dedication all these years for MDA. Get well is our prayers for you.
"Ho, ho, no, what kind of Zeros ARE they, Johnny? Ho, ho, ho."
That's more or less what I was going to say but you beat me to it
I always liked Lewis and could never understand all the bashing he gets. I would suspect it`s because of his loud manner, but that never bothered me. What bothers me was the idolization of him by France which to me was such an insult. If dogshiet idolizes someone you admire, how can you not be insulted?
Putting "talent" and "Celine Dion" in the same sentence is like putting "sane" in the same sentence with "Al Gore".
Where did you see/hear this? Just yesterday there was an interview saying that his health was better. Guess he had a setback. We'll miss him this year.
He really doesn't look like he'll be around much longer. I wish him the best for now. He seems like a good man. I like him even more after reading how he stands up for his telethon. See: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1694761/posts .
Ed McMahon Talks About 35th Annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon - http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0009/03/sun.05.html
With out missing a beat, Jerry says to Dean (raised eyebrow), "So? You never write any more?!"
Thanks for all of Jerry's kids you've helped, Jerry. They will always be your kids.
I can't find anything anywhere that says Jerry Lewis will not be there. URL please!
The gal has pipes. She's a gifted singer.
My Dad interviewed hundreds of celebrities, politicians, writers, etc. in his career. He said Jerry Lewis was one of the weirdest he'd ever met!
Actually JERRY LEWIS was very animated and generous during his TV interview after the death of 90 year old actor GLENN FORD this last week.
GOD Speed, JERRY. All your kids just luv you.
Was a fox news alert at the time
Fox News has said it about 2-3 times today...it was #1 story on their Top 5 Stories of the day.
Time will tell if Jerry will be on or not.
The blonde who was hosting early this afternoon mentioned it 2-3 times in the span she was on saying due to sudden illness...Ed McMahon will be replacing Lewis for the first time in 41 years with the words "Show Must Go On" on the screen.
I have checked the telethon website. There is nothing late and breaking posted.
Disability activists have spoiled the soup.
Jerry's '60s and 70's movies are pretty cringe-worthy, but his early stuff with Dean Martin was hilarious. They were a nightclub act, at their best in front of a live crowd, and their movies never really captured it. Check out the DVDs that have come out recently of their early TV appearances on the Colgate Comedy Hour, which more accurately reflects the way they slayed live audiences (you can find them for a couple of bucks at Walgreen's). Some of that stuff made me laugh until I couldn't breathe. Also, Jerry did some solo records early in his career, like "Sunday Driving," which are absolutely hilarious.
My wife never cared for him either until I showed her that stuff, and she became a convert. I even took her to see him in the national tour of "Damn Yankees" in the '90s, and he was great. I think he's just one of those guys you have to see in person to really appreciate. I remember a Dallas newspaper columnist in the '70s, doing his "best of the year" column, listed Jerry as the best stand-up comedy act he'd seen all year, and he admitted that he never would've believed he would be saying that.
One more thing: his recent book about his career with Dean Martin was terrific, and if you're at all interested in show business in that era (late 40's-mid '50s) and the mob influence on it, etc., it's a must read: http://www.amazon.com/Dean-Me-A-Love-Story/dp/0767920864/sr=1-1/qid=1157319158/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-8220619-4527922?ie=UTF8&s=books
I gotta hand it to Jerry... He's been there throughout, though certain folks were throwing eggs at him.
The Nutty Professor is pretty damn funny. It's a classic film.
The renaissance filmmaker
His films - including such classics as "The Nutty Professor" (1963), "The Bellboy" (1960), "The Ladies' Man" (1961) and "The Family Jewels" (1965) - have grossed more than $800 million. His best films are those in which he was actor and some combination of producer, director and writer or wore all four hats.
Lewis always was boffo at the box office. Films featuring Lewis and Dean Martin were voted by film exhibitors as the top box-office attractions six years in a row in the '50s. When the pair split and Lewis pursued his own film career, he received the top honor for six more years. Several of the early films Lewis made when he went out on his own have been remade, including "Nutty Professor" with Eddie Murphy playing Lewis' parts. Two are in the works: "The Bellboy," with Jackie Chan, and "Cinderfella" (no cast details).
Lewis invented - and patented - the "video assist," a video camera linked to a motion-picture lens, for "Cinderfella" in 1960. This allowed directors to immediately view the take rather than waiting for daily rushes. It quickly became standard equipment on most movie sets.
He taught filmmaking at USC and wrote a book, "The Total Filmmaker," based on almost 500 hours of lectures. Dale Melgaard, former instructor in UNLV's film department, once noted that Lewis is still a legend on the Southern California campus.
Lewis has earned the respect of such legendary filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allen and Peter Bogdanovich as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2004.
Anyone besides the OP seen or heard this anywhere?
I'm going to disagree there. Celine Dion has a magnificent set of pipes.
Has this been confirmed?
I know at http:www.jerrylewiscomedy.com which is a website run by his son Chris they have a Forum of fans.
(Im still looking to confurm it)
You can watch the Jerry Lewis Telethon live here...
I saw one of those 'entertainment' news shows last night while channel surfing. They had a promo interview with Jerry Lewis about this weekend's telethon. He recently had a heart attack and had an angioplasty. He looked fine, but was using a motorized wheelchair to get around.
Putting "sane" in the same sentence as "Al gore" is like putting "well crafted analogy" in the same sentence as "Screamname."
Celine Dion is a magnificent talent.