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Wednesday
Jun132012

Jerry Lewis Rushed to the Hospital

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Jerry Lewis was rushed to a New York hospital Tuesday night after collapsing due to low blood sugar, according to the New York Post. The 86-year-old funnyman was scheduled to receive an award at the Friars Club Tuesday night and present the top honor to Tom Cruise.

After Lewis collapsed at the Waldorf Astoria, guests waiting at the Friars Club gala were informed that he would no longer be accepting the Applause Award or present Cruise with the Entertainment Icon Award.

Still, the 49-year-old Mission Impossible star was presented with the prestigious award by his Jerry Maguire co-star, Cuba Gooding Jr., and NBC’s Matt Lauer.

“I am sorry Jerry couldn’t be here tonight,” Cruise said during his acceptance speech, “but I know he is going to be fine.”

Reps for Lewis released a statement Wednesday saying, "Jerry Lewis was so sorry to miss the Icon Award presentation to Tom Cruise last night, but is feeling much better today and is back at his hotel, and thanks everyone for their good wishes."

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Tuesday
Sep062011

MDA Raises $61.5 Million During Labor Day Telethon Sans Jerry Lewis

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jerry Lewis was noticeably absent from the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon, but the organization still raised nearly $61.5 million during its six-hour broadcast on Sunday.

The MDA said it was an increase of $2.5 million from last year's telethon, which was more than 21 hours long.

Not long after the broadcast began, telethon co-hosts Nigel Lythgoe, Alison Sweeney, Nancy O'Dell and Jann Carl saluted the 85-year-old actor and comedian, who was removed as MDA national chairman earlier this year.

Lythgoe, an executive producer of American Idol and a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, remarked, "It isn't possible, Jerry, to replace you, sir."

Lewis had hosted the MDA telethon since its debut in 1966.  He announced in May that he would be making his final appearance on the telethon this year, but the MDA later said he would not be back.

This year's telethon included performances by Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, as well as appearances by the co-hosts of ABC's The View, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.

In honor of Lewis, the Los Angeles comedy club The Laugh Factory held its own fundraiser for muscular dystrophy on Monday, streaming performances of Dave Chappelle and other comics online while accepting donations from viewers.

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Thursday
Aug042011

Comedian Jerry Lewis No Longer MDA National Chairman

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(TUCSON, Arizona) -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has announced that Jerry Lewis will no longer be serving as the group’s national chairman -- and it may not be his choice.

The 85-year-old comedian announced this past May that he was retiring from hosting the organization’s Labor Day MDA telethon, and said at the time that he would be making his final appearance on this year’s telethon.  

However, MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell said in a statement that Lewis “will not be appearing on the telethon,” and that he “has completed his run” as its national chairman and won’t be replaced. 

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Monday
Jun272011

Jerry Lewis Released from Australian Hospital

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Comedian Jerry Lewis was released from an Australian hospital on Saturday after suffering from an apparent bout with exhaustion.

The showbiz legend was forced to cancel a sold-out benefit show in Sydney, Australia on Friday when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital.  The 85-year-old actor and longtime advocate for muscular dystrophy research had a problem getting out of his vehicle at the event and medical attention was required.

Stephen Cesarano, sales manager of the Aussie venue, Doltone House, told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles, "Unfortunately, a combination of a very long trip from Las Vegas, as well as a very busy schedule, and of course when Jerry lands he goes at it 110 percent, led to him feeling very exhausted."

Cesarano claimed it was just the third show in 80 years that Lewis has canceled.  Many audience members refused refunds and instead chose to donate the funds to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia.

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Friday
Jun242011

Comedian Jerry Lewis Rushed to Sydney Hospital

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Jerry Lewis, on tour in Australia on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia, was rushed to a Sydney hospital on Friday just minutes before a scheduled appearance, according to a written statement issued by the organization.

In the statement, MDF Australia CEO David Jack said the 85-year-old comedian was "not well enough to take the stage." Lewis has struggled with a number of health problems recently, including a debilitating back condition, heart problems and the lung condition known as pulmonary fibrosis.

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Tuesday
May172011

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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Sunday
Oct102010

Legendary Comics Appear in Never-Before-Seen Videos

Photo Courtesy - The Friars Club Roasts(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time, the Friars have made available online "The Classic Friars Club Roasts," a DVD box set featuring roasts of legendary comedians Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Johnny Carson.

Video of the roasts is accompanied by a DVD of previously unseen outtakes. Almost a half-century has elapsed since these shows aired originally, and the pop-cultural artifacts have never been made available to the public until now.

"Thanks to the Friars Club roasts, America's comics were acknowledging humanity's intrinsic comic baseness rather than ignoring it,” writer Greg Beato said. “Finally, they were using their comic skills to push against the bounds of propriety, instead of merely tickling the public with childish euphemisms and coy innuendo. Cursing with abandon, reveling in their unconstrained crudity, erstwhile Catskills tumblers elevated themselves, at least temporarily, from jokers to truth-tellers."

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