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Jerry Lewis Drops F-Bomb During Telethon

9/4/2007 1:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comA woozy Jerry Lewis, 81, went all Isaiah Washington on his telethon last night, calling someone -- or something -- an "illiterate fag."

In the midst of a typically Lewis-ian rant in the 18th hour of his Labor Day telethon, France's favorite comedian swayed, trying to dodge the cameraman, then introduced a "family member" as "the illiterate fag," then remembered, seemingly, that he was on live TV ... stopped himself and tried to move on.

The MDA telethon raised a record $63 million for muscular dystrophy over the three-day weekend.

After scolding us for calling so early (it's not like he dropped an offensive slur or anything!), a rep for Lewis had no comment on the incident.

UPDATE: Neil Giuliano, President of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), has just issued the following statement to TMZ: "Jerry Lewis' on-air use of this kind of anti-gay slur is simply unacceptable. It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way. Our nation's media have done an admirable job this year holding public figures accountable for their use of anti-gay slurs, and I hope they continue to do so with Mr. Lewis."

Giuliano told TMZ that GLAAD is reaching out to Lewis' representatives today to request a meeting with him. "We want to sit down with him," Giuliano tells us, "help him understand why these words are so hurtful, and give him an opportunity to raise public awareness about the destructive impact of these kinds of anti-gay slurs, even more so in attempted humor."


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GLAD is thrilled. It gives them a reason to get on their high horse. This is America, Jerry does not have to justify himself to anyone. What ever happened to FREE SPEECH!! If you don't like it, turn if off, and by the way, my brother is gay, so I'm not a hater.

2576 days ago


Oh brother this is not a big deal leave the freakuing guy alone already.

2576 days ago


Jerry Lewis is a putz!!

2576 days ago


Who cares?

2576 days ago


Double YAWN - lets worry about something important such as the dying soldiers in this bloody war.

2576 days ago


This is America and last time I checked we were allowed to have opinions. The overwhelming majority of Americans still think being "gay" is perverted and wrong. Nothing in the constitution guarantees you freedom from being offended anymore than it guarantees me freedom from your perversion. Get over it.

2576 days ago


Leave the guy alone, he has entertained us for years and has a done a lot of good. Who hasn't said things they regret? I think he's great!

2576 days ago


There's those word's again " our community " what are they Omish!

Leave the ol man alone, He as done more for those in the handicap "community" then your "community" has done for um yourselves!.

2576 days ago


The telethon and Jerry were wonderful. Using that term was dumb. The brilliant minds who posted praise for the comments,equally dumb. I guess ricky and jess are simple minds or something. Prejudiced people should be ashamed of themselves. Maybe rick and jess should get together.....

2576 days ago

Ricky Ticky Tock    

Leave Jerry alone he's an old man

2576 days ago


Jerry need to be held accountable... and my check will not be mailed now>

2576 days ago


All the gay's are the DEVEL'S children. say let them prosper so they can all go to HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2576 days ago


Doesn't TMZ have bigger stories like Britney's meltdowns or Lindsay boozing? It must be a slow news day when a slip of the tongue by an old, exhausted comedian becomes a scandal. Get over it people!! We have bigger problems in this world. This man raises millions for these kids. Like him or not no else does what he does. GLAAD should get a real agenda, that way the true problems of gays in society would be resolved. Get a clue! Jerry Lewis is not a problem for the gay community! It was obviously a verbal slip of some kind--it happens, even to gay people. Some people believe that he may of said "fatty"--watch out for some organization for overweight people to come out and complain now. This extreme political correctness has made us a society of idiots!

2576 days ago

Rosie the chauvinist    

Oh My God. Get over it. People have free speech. I'm sick of these fringe groups holding people's lives hostage over some words. Those groups themselves speak horribly about other people.

If people have not broken the law, then those groups need to shut up. They are just making me hate them. They have no power to act on people's lives like they do. They have ruined many people. They are only a small minority of the population, yet they are riding roughshod over everybody.

2576 days ago


Good Lord! What's the big deal? By F-Bomb, I thought he said the word F**k. Get a life, People!

2576 days ago
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