I learned through an email from the MDA, that Jerry Lewis in no longer the MDA Telethon Host or the National Chairman. The link led to a two paragraph press release on the Muscular Dystrophy Association website which gave no further information. It tersely states:
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announces that today Jerry Lewis has completed his run as its national chairman. In May, Lewis and MDA announced his retirement as host of the MDA Labor Day Telethon.
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.”
I noticed that the MDA website no longer says, Welcome to MDA, Helping Jerry’s Kids. It now states, Welcome to MDA, Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Does this seem to you as if the MDA Board of Directors fired Jerry Lewis? I’m aware of his controversial statements during telethons, especially when he used the derogatory term, “faggot” on the 2007 telethon. I dislike “Jerry’s Kids” when there are many adults living with muscular dystrophy and it feels as if we, as adults are put into the same category as kids. But, he has been the face of the MDA and especially of the Telethon, which helps to raise the bulk of the money for this organization.