[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]Muscular Dystrophy Association has reconsidered its recent decision to drop comedian Jerry Lewis as the chairman and host of MDA Labor Day Telethon?
In an unexpected reversal, Jerry Lewis was reinstated Saturday to the MDA Labor Day Telethon he has hosted since 1966, according to a source close to comedian, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Jerry Lewis, 85, has been MDA’s national chairman since the early 1950s and has hosted the MDA Labor Day Telethon since 1966.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Last May, Jerry Lewis made the announcement that he was retiring as host of the telethon, but added that he would make a final appearance on 2011 show and planned on continuing to serve as Muscular Dystrophy Association’s national chairman.
R. Rodney Howell, MDA Chairman of the Board said in a statement that Lewis “will not be appearing on the telethon” and “we will not be replacing him as MDA national chairman.”
Rodney Howell added that Lewis “is a world-class humanitarian and we’re forever grateful to him for his more than half century of generous service to MDA.” [googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]
Jerry Lewis received a lifetime achievement award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association Saturday, claiming that he made his reputation in show business by saving lives.
“I made my reputation in this business caring for what I did, caring for the people that I did it for,” Jerry Lewis said.
Jerry Lewis made no mention of coming back to MDA Telethon while accepting his lifetime achievement award.