MDA Labor Day Telethon: Now with 100% less Jerry Lewis

If you’re old enough to remember a time before cable television, when your TV had about four stations on it, Jerry Lewis and “Jerry’s Kids” took over your Labor Day weekend for decades. But no more.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced yesterday that it had severed ties with Jerry Lewis. Ladies?

Here is the official press release from the MDA:

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announces that today Jerry Lewis has completed his run as its national chairman. In May, Lewis and MDA announced his retirement as host of the MDA Labor Day Telethon.

MDA Chairman of the Board of Directors, R. Rodney Howell, M.D., said, “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.”

Something about last year’s finale footage hints at the fact that Lewis knew his time was up. Roll the clip.

So. Now what?

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