Kevin Hart is stepping into the late Jerry Lewis’s shoes.
It’s been announced that the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be relaunching their telethon that annually ran on Labor Day weekend hosted by Jerry Lewis from 1966 until 2010 (and then by other hosts in abbreviated showings until 2014). The telethon was a 24-hour fundraiser that, under Lewis’s helm, wound up bringing in over $2 billion dollars to fight the disease.
This time, the telethon won’t be taking place on Labor Day. It will be happening on October 24th as a streaming event on a yet-to-be-announced streamer. It will also be rebranded as the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon. Some of the guests for the event include Jack Black, Usain Bolt, Josh Gad, Michael B. Jordan, Eva Longoria, Jillian Mercado, among others. Money raised will benefit both the MDA as well as Hart’s Help From the Hart charity.
“This is an incredible opportunity to bring the work of Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association forward,” Hart said in a statement. “I’m honored to collaborate with MDA and my organization, to educate and entertain the public about the need to support people with disabilities and disadvantages, because we are all in this together. I can’t wait to have an incredible night for two critically important causes that are in urgent need of funding and hope.”
“For decades Jerry Lewis brought the world together through the historic Labor Day telethon, establishing an incredible foundation of help and hope for MDA and the families we serve,” said MDA President and CEO Lynn O’Connor Vos. “The telethon was instrumental in raising awareness and donations that today have been directly linked to the development of life-changing therapies for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. Kevin Hart and the Help From the Hart organization are the perfect match for MDA to bring the magic and power of the telethon into a new era of giving, and to bring the remarkable stories of strength of MDA families into the hearts and homes of people across the country.”
“We are thrilled that the MDA has chosen Kevin Hart to carry on Jerry’s Telethon legacy,” Lewis’s daughter, Danielle, told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Jerry was always a fan of Kevin Hart’s comedy and it is wonderful that he will be carrying on Jerry’s life goal to find a cure for his “kids.” We are looking forward to see what Kevin will bring to the Telethon.”
More information is expected to be announced soon.