Mega-Telethon Broadcasting From L.A., Elsewhere
A Friday telethon to raise money for the victims of last week's earthquake in Haiti will be broadcast from Los Angeles, New York, London and Haiti, organizers announced Thursday. It will be everywhere: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, AOL, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com and more. It starts at 5 p.m. Friday PST.
George Clooney is scheduled to be the Los Angeles host, Wyclef Jean be the New York host, and CNN's Anderson Cooper will comment from Haiti. Performers in L.A. will include Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Justin Timberlake and a trio comprised of Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow.
Celebrity appearances are to include Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith and Muhammad Ali.
A roster of performances from outside L.A. includes Beyonce, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Coldplay and a quartet comprised of Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
Performances from the show will be sold on iTunes. Proceeds will go to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation. You can donate here.
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