He's out. Jerry Lewis will not appear at the Labor Day Telethon he has hosted for 44 years.
But in a surprise move, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which runs the telethon, announced that Lewis will have no part in this year's show whatsoever.
The comedian has hosted the telethon since 1966, helping raise more than $2 billion for the charity. Even as his health deteriorated in recent years, Lewis kept up the gruelling commitment. But now he's gone.
The usually outspoken comic had no comment about the stunning announcement, but in a recent interview he brushed aside a question about his involvement in the telethon, telling a reporter, "It's none of your business."