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Jerry Lewis Retiring as MDA Telethon Host

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After 45 years, Jerry Lewis is stepping down as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.

He made the announcement Monday, saying in a statement, "As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual Telethon since 1966 and I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'"

The 85-year-old comedian and actor, who has suffered health problems in recent years, says he will continue to serve as national chairman of the MDA.

This year's telethon will air Sept. 4.

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