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Hurricane Telethon Gets 'Surprisingly Political'

'Anyone who believes ... there's no such thing as global warming must be blind'

(Newser) - "You must be blind" isn't exactly an insult you'd expect to hear Stevie Wonder tossing around, but that's exactly how the singer addressed climate change deniers at a benefit telethon for hurricane victims on Tuesday night. "Anyone who believes that there's no such thing... More »

Al Gore Changes His Tune on the Environment

He's apparently the 'preacher of doom and gloom' no more

(Newser) - The 1997 Kyoto climate treaty he helped negotiate didn't end up controlling climate change, but Al Gore says this month's conference in Paris will be different. "We're going to win this," he tells the AP . "We need to win it faster because a lot... More »

Missing From This Year's MDA Telethon: Jerry Lewis

Comedian no longer national chair, won't appear over Labor Day weekend

(Newser) - It's the end of an era: He's been the Muscular Dystrophy Association's national chairman since the early 1950s and the host of its Labor Day telethon since 1966. But as of this year, Jerry Lewis is neither—and he won't even be appearing on this year'... More »

Oil Spill Telethon Raises $1.7M

The stars come out for the Gulf

(Newser) - Thanks in part to Bieber Fever, last night’s CNN telethon raised at least $1.7 million for Gulf oil spill relief efforts. The Bieb was joined by Cameron Diaz, Kathy Griffin, Nicole Richie, Jenny McCarthy, and a slew of other celebs during the two-hour event hosted by Larry King.... More »

How the Stars Are Helping Haiti

Leonardo DiCaprio donates, Radiohead plays, Amy Fisher strips

(Newser) - Tonight’s Hope for Haiti telethon may be more star-studded than the Golden Globes: Beyonce and Madonna have signed on to the two-hour benefit, which will also feature Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart, and Bruce Springsteen in New York; Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, and Justin Timberlake in Los Angeles; and Robert... More »

Celeb Cancer Show Nets $100M

(Newser) - The all-star TV benefit that ran on three US networks and reached 170 countries worldwide has raised $100 million for cancer research, Reuters reports. Friday's Stand Up to Cancer  telecast, which drew a modest but apparently generous audience of 10.3 million in the US. It attracted 100 celebs, some... More »

Swayze Joins Cancer Telethon

Celebrities touched by cancer join historic 3-network telethon

(Newser) - Dozens of Hollywood's finest got together for a historic hour-long, three-network telethon in support of cancer research last night, reports AP. They included cancer survivors Elizabeth Edwards, Christina Applegate and Lance Armstrong, among several others, who made passionate pleas for funding to fight the disease. Cancer kills 550,000 Americans... More »

Networks Will Partner For Cancer Telethon

Gibson, Couric and Williams to co-host Sept. 5 event

(Newser) - ABC, CBS and NBC have decided to work together to fight cancer, the New York Times reports. Each network's lead news anchor will appear on a Sept. 5 telethon broadcast on all three channels simultaneously. The principles—CBS's Katie Couric, NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Charlie Gibson—have all lost... More »

Chilean Hooker Donates Time to Telethon

Prostitute's 27-hour marathon for charity leads to instant celebrity

(Newser) - A 27-hour telethon this weekend In Chile will raise money for disabled children, and one woman has devised a special way to contribute, reports the Telegraph. A prostitute has auctioned off 27 hours of her services and is giving all the proceeds to charity. "I am going to contribute... More »

Jerry Lewis Apologizes for Gay Slur

In telethon's 18th hour, comedian flung insult at camera

(Newser) - Comedian and advocate Jerry Lewis, 81, expressed regret at his unscripted use of the word "fag" in his Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. In the marathon's 18th hour, Lewis addressed a camera, pretending to introduce it to other members of its family:  "Oh, your family has... More »

Jerry Lewis Raises Record $64M

Eclipses last year's total by $3 million to help fight Muscular Dystrophy

(Newser) - Comedian Jerry Lewis certainly didn't take the day off: his 42nd Labor Day telethon yesterday pulled in a record $64 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. "We did it. We did it. We can go shopping," enthused the 81-year-old showman after pulling in $3 million more than last... More »

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