jerry-lewis-telethonFor the second time in over 40 years, JERRY LEWIS won’t be hosting the annual muscular dystrophy telethon that has, for better or worse, become a Labor Day television mainstay. Despite last year’s negative reaction to the news that he’d not been invited to perform his signature theme song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and the shocking reveal that the legendary 85-year-old comedian was unceremoniously dropped by the program for reasons that remain as clear as mud, the powers that be at the helm of the program are steadfast in their decision not to use the former host. Abrasive, egotistical and sometimes offensive, LEWIS has been called-out over the years for insensitive remarks towards gays and women but no one has ever disputed his relentless work and fund-raising efforts on behalf of those who have become known as “Jerry’s Kids.”
At a press conference we attended just last year, LEWIS talked about how the show biz industry is changing and why he feels alienated from it. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE MDA SHOW OF STRENGTH begins airing this evening