The comedy legend, 85, first started hosting the famous event in 1966 and served as chairman since the early 1950s. Lewis was set to appear for the last time and sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
“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,” MDA Chairman of the Board of Directors, R. Rodney Howell, M.D., said.
Last week, Lewis wouldn’t reveal whether he would return or not at the TCA Press Tour and said, “It’s none of your business.” The comedian even bad mouthed reality TV shows including ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Biggest Loser.’ Nigel Lythgoe, producer of ‘Idol,’ and ‘Biggest Loser’ host Alison Sweeney were even set to co-host this year’s MDA telethon.