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Topic - Jann Carl
"American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said after co-hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon Sunday night that he's sorry comedian Jerry Lewis didn't participate, but the organization needs to move on to ensure the fundraiser continues.
Even without Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon posted its best gain since the recession started, though the program's longtime host was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fundraiser.
The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fundraiser _ the charity's first comments about the beloved icon's departure since an announcement last month.
Despite the struggling economy, officials with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon say contributions and pledges from this year's Labor Day event totaled $58.9 million.
Mr. Lythgoe and co-host Jann Carl said during the show that Mr. Lewis "retired."
Lythgoe and co-host Jann Carl said during the show that Lewis "retired."