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Former "Jersey Shore" Star Not Invited to Hurricane Sandy Telethon

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- While the cast of Jersey Shore were invited to participate in MTV's Hurricane Sandy telethon Restore the Shore on Thursday night, one former member of the show did not get an invitation, reports   

Angelina Pivarnick, who you may remember appeared in three episodes in season one and 10 episodes in season two, was completely ignored by organizers and MTV.  And she is not very happy about it.

Pivarnick told on Thursday, "I remain uninvited to participate …even after attempts to contact the organizers by my management team."

She added that it is just a "sore reminder of how I have been treated in the past."

Pivarnick continued, "This is a time where they should suck it up and stand on one side of the room and let me be there. I am very hurt by this."

She said she's volunteering with local businesses and the Red Cross, and she thinks that Restore the Shore is a wonderful cause.

Pivarnick was replaced by Deena Nicole Cortese after season two of Jersey Shore.

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Hurricane Sandy Telethon to Air on NBC

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, NBC Universal is the first out of the gate with a relief telethon. 

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will air Friday night from 8:00 to 9:00 ET on all of NBCU's broadcast and cable outlets, including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA.  It will also stream online at

The telethon -- the proceeds of which will go to Red Cross relief efforts -- will be hosted by Today host Matt Lauer at NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City headquarters.  However, it's possible other networks could join the effort.

Announced performers so far include New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera, and New Yorkers Billy Joel and Sting, with appearances by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon and NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Though a Category 1 storm when it made landfall, some estimates put Hurricane Sandy's damage at more than that of 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which was a Category 5 storm when it made landfall in southern Florida.  The total damage to Florida then was estimated at $25 billion.

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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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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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