Entertainment It's Over Jerry! MDA Labor Day Telethon Cancelled

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  1. Rupert Pupkin

    Rupert Pupkin That Ass is Attached to Daniela Lopez

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    http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article20026710.html#storylink=cpy

    Telethon that Jerry Lewis memorably ran pulls plug
    By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer
    May 1, 2015

    The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon is ending its annual Labor Day telethon, a television tradition for decades that has slowly disappeared from view since the sudden end of Jerry Lewis' role as host following the 2010 show.


    The telethon was a relic from a different age, a tuxedoed Lewis oozing show biz schmaltz and hosting stars from Frank Sinatra to Jennifer Lopez over 45 years, pushing through his exhaustion to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" as a tote board rang up millions of dollars in donations.

    From 21 and a half hours in Lewis' final year, the show had been reduced two hours the last two years on ABC.

    "It's not a 21-hour world anymore," said Steve Ford, MDA executive vice president, on Friday.

    With television time costly, the MDA's fundraising efforts will move primarily online, he said. The success of a viral event like "The Ice Bucket Challenge" proves this is a potent area for philanthropy, he said.


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    https://www.mda.org/about/telethon-history


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  2. Rupert Pupkin

    Rupert Pupkin That Ass is Attached to Daniela Lopez

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    "Robin, what the MDA needs is for me to take over and reboot the telethon. I love a turnaround situation"
     
  3. MyLazyHand

    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    Darn, I was just getting ready to watch it.
     
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    Never cured any 1 but had some great entertainment.
     
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    these bastards didn't even give eric the midg/actor a new wheelchair when his broke. what the 'f' good are they anyway but for taking the money and inflating their salaries.
     
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    that was always the killer - the last day before school... summer was officially over... and nothing on tv :bigcry:
     
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    I didn't know they were still doing it. I thought it ended long before 2010 even.
     
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    Labor Day Kitten Bowl! When a void is created something will always fill it.
     
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    The telethon resurrected Tony Orlando's career. I remember he was always the host in NY when Jerry would pitch it over to him.

    There was a time in the 1970's where the MDA Telethon was a big deal - being able to see if Jerry would drop from exhaustion, if Ed McMahon would get drunk and what stars would come out to see Jerry.

    It's where Sinatra got Jerry and Dean back together. A very special moment.

    As others have said above - Sadly, I think it was a scam - with all the 100's of millions collected - no cure? How much $ went to "Administration" of the MDA association?

    Maybe Beefus will use the Labor Day slot for the NSAL Telethon. I could see that happening.
     
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    Over 45 years and hundreds of millions of dollars in donations and not one inch closer to a cure. MDA must be run by the same people that run the NSAL.
     
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    Did Doug Beatty ever get to see dime one?
     
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    Ya know the hardest part of eating vegetables ?
    - chewing threw the wheelchair :jj:
     
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    Maybe he didn't have Muscular Dystrophy. He was club-fucking-footed.
     
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    Another childhood memory down the tubes.
     
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    its a sad day for sure.
    why can't the power couple take over,Howard and Beth.
     
  17. Rupert Pupkin

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    True - Back in the period right before the country was wired for cable and we had almost no choice but to watch it or some other awful shows on the remaining 5-6 channels.
     
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    I'm sure Howard will be saying "I can save it!!" while Robin cackles in the background.

    It was always a sad day when it was on. It meant summer vacation was truly over.
     
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    There's no difference between AGT and the MDA telethon. Both give a small amount of money to retards.
     
  20. Big Biscuit

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    My parents used to eat that shit up back in the 70's. It was a given that the TV was on even if at times it was just background noise. Jerry was an over the top trainwreck, but it was entertaining in a sick sort of way.