An MDA telethon without Jerry Lewis? The Twitter backlash

jerry-lewis-retires.jpgOn Sunday (Sept. 4), for the first time in 45 years the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will air without Jerry Lewis as master of ceremonies.

According to CBS News, Lewis helped the MDA to raise more than $2.5 billion in his years with the show.

In May, the MDA announced that this year's broadcast would be the final appearance for Lewis. Then, in early August, MDA board chairman R. Rodney Howell said in a statement that Lewis had been "released" from his involvement with the organization.

On Twitter, outrage at the MDA was palpable. A sampling of reactions:

When MDA foreclosed Jerry Lewis this year, I felt like saying, "Can't the government do something?" But haven't they done enough already?less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Learn more about our 1st annual #JerryLewis Award event to support MD research on our press release: than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

While it's sad Jerry Lewis has split with the MDA, at least now he can spend more time in the fight against Hoybenfloybenism.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Jerry Lewis isn't dead. And he didn't retire. He was ousted. What a hoot #Mda. Gotta be kidding!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

I can't believe Jerry Lewis was booted from the MDA telethon. Let the old man sing his song.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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