Jerry Lewis is out.
Jerry Lewis is back in.
No, he's not.
The roller coaster ride since the announcement that Jerry Lewis would not return as host of the upcoming MDA telethon continues and has now bottomed out.
At least for now.
The Hollywood Reporter noted today (Aug. 22) that he will not be coming back to make a final appearance. It was rumored that
he may come back to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Meanwhile, this leaves a few question that required some digging from the MDA web site and others.
Question include, "what about Tony Orlando and the show"? or "what would the show actually be now as for duration and acts"?
First, after searching Orlando's site for his tour dates, no where is the MDA Telethon listed. Now, he was a huge part
of the show and is a great friend with Lewis, so he's out, too.
Now, comes word that Ace Young will host the New York version, so says this release.
Second, according to MDA at www.mda.org the show will be cut
from the whopping 21 1/2 hours to six hours in prime time coverage, Sunday, Sept. 4. As the show's style is being released and discussed, it is also becoming more clear as to the reason Lewis is out. However, less clear is why he is no longer MDA national chairperson, but that is for another day. MDA has
said this as to the new format. "The shorter show, which is expected to draw more viewers in its prime-time slot,
will be fast-paced and jam-packed with top-notch entertainment."
They added, "In addition to the shorter national broadcast, each hour of the local Telethon will feature two local segments of seven and eight minutes each." They conclude by saying
this new format has already included the booking of stars like Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride, and JLo.
Co-hosts are Nancy O’Dell, Nigel Lythgoe, Jann Carl and Alison Sweeney.
One cannot forget about the Love Networks, who are a vital part of the telethon. There are 160 of networks across the country who take part in the telecast. These will continue, the site says. It will also be seen live on mda.org. It was also noted in the Hollywood Reporter that Lewis was at a broadcaster's even Saturday night and made no mention of MDA.
FIRST OBNS REPORT: As The Hollywood Reporter noted that Jerry Lewis (we had that early, too) was out at MDA and then a rumor was he would be back, that go me thinking Tony Orlando. Why? They are great friends and Tony does the New York MDA show. Well, a check of Tony's tour dates does not list the MDA
telethon...I'm checking...I HAVE LEARNED THAT TONY IS NOT SCHEDULED TO APPEAR ON THE SHOW...they are going with younger acts, plus JLo and Lady Antebellum, among many others and will pack the show into a 6-hour love fest. So, Tony out of the
New York segments as well. It's getting ugly and let's find out the real reason Jerry was let go. Alison Sweeney and Nigel Lythgoe to share Vegas hosting duties. Ace Young is New York...
PRESS RELEASE: TUCSON, /PRNewswire/ — The
Muscular Dystrophy Association today announced an outstanding and diverse talent roster is being finalized for its 2011 MDA Labor Day Telethon, with still more top acts expected to confirm their performances between now and the show’s primetime broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Entertainment icons including Celine Dion, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Lopez, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Steven Tyler, Jon Secada, Randy Jackson, Richie Sambora, and Jimmy Webb, as well as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and Ellen DeGeneres protege Greyson Chance, plus the inter-galactic music phenomenon Voca People, are making special appearances on the MDA Labor Day Telethon.
“Songs and appeals by these outstanding artists, as well as extraordinary Penn & Teller magic and so much more, undoubtedly will captivate tens of millions of viewers,” said long-time Telethon Producer Lee Miller. “Then, when America sees and hears from remarkable families served by MDA, people once again will find it near impossible to not respond generously.”
Joining these music artists in encouraging even greater public support to help MDA speed treatments and cures for progressive muscle diseases are JabbaWockeeZ, winners of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew; The View’s Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg,
Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck; plus NFL legend Kurt Warner and NBA great Dwight Howard.
The original reality television show, getting its start in 1966, the MDA Labor Day Telethon also will feature three national winners of the ultimate music talent show – the second annual iHeartRadio.com “Get Discovered!” competition that this summer attracted more than 4,000 entrants and was judged first by Internet response popularity and now by a distinguished group of radio industry leaders.
MDA 2011 national Telethon co-hosts are Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer of American Idol plus judge and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance); Nancy O’Dell
(Entertainment Tonight anchor); Alison Sweeney (host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet); and Jann Carl (Emmy-winning journalist and executive producer of SOLD – Ozark Auction on the History Channel).
“Thanks to generous public support and the truly unrivaled year-round involvement of thousands of local, regional and national
sponsors,” underscored MDA President and CEO Gerald C. Weinberg, “MDA-funded research is making rapid progress toward treatments and cures. Equally important, our 200 hospital-affiliated clinic network has already achieved significant quality of life and longevity gains for people living with progressive muscle diseases.”
MDA national sponsors appearing on the 2011 Telethon to thank their employees, members and/or customers for helping advance
MDA’s lifesaving mission include: A&P, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Augie’s Quest, Bally Total Fitness, Beta Club, Burger King, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Clear Channel Radio, ClubCorp, DECA, ERA Franchise Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Jiffy Lube,
Kappa Alpha Order, Lowe’s Home Improvement, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), National Coalition of Association of 7-Eleven Franchisees,
Safeway, Seven Up, SuperValu, Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America, Universal
Cheerleaders Association, Valero Energy Corporation, and Walgreens.
songwriter and Broadway star Ace Young will host the Telethon’s
New York City telecast. Olympic Gold medalists Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci
will reprise their roles as the Telethon’s Chicago telecast co-hosts.