Back in May, when Jerry Lewis announced his retirement as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Labor Day Telethon, he indicated that he would continue to serve as MDA National Chairman and be back one more time to sing his signature finale. Nope.
No explanation was offered, but MDA announced that Lewis has “completed his run” as national chair. And with that, the 85-year-old star is also off the list of people appearing in the telethon, which will have a shorter format this year.
MDA Chairman of the Board of Directors, R. Rodney Howell, M.D., said, “Jerry Lewis is a world-class humanitarian and we’re forever grateful to him for his more than half century of generous service to MDA. We will not be replacing him as MDA national chairman, and he will not be appearing on the Telethon.”