Jerry Lewis Telethon

2007, TV Show


Jerry Lewis' Telethon Slur Is Deemed "Unacceptable"

Jerry Lewis by Denise Truscello/

The 42nd annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon not only raised a record amount of donations on Monday — $63,759,478 — it also raised eyebrows when Lewis at one point referred to a piece of stage equipment as a camera man's "illiterate f----t" offspring. (See video at In response, GLAAD president Neil Giuliano issued a statement saying, "Jerry Lewis' on-air use of this kind of anti-gay slur is simply unacceptable.... Our nation's media have done an admirable job this year holding public figures accountable for their use of anti-gay slurs, and I hope they continue to do so with Mr. Lewis." This perhaps explains the Isaiah Washington action figure they were giving out at the $1,000 level. read more

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Premiered: September 02, 2007
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Premise: The comedy legend is joined in Las Vegas by cohosts Ed McMahon, Tom Bergeron, Alison Sweeney, Bob Zany, Tony Orlando, Jann Carl, Norm Crosby, Billy Gilman, and Muppets Sal Minella and Johnny Fiama (Brian Henson, Bill Barretta). Slated to appear: Celine Dion; Montgomery Gentry; George Wallace; David Cassidy; Maureen McGovern; Christopher Meloni; Mariska Hargitay; Tony Danza; Vanessa L. Williams; Michael Urie; John Madden; Louie Anderson; John Tesh; Lance Burton; Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik.


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