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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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Paula    

I'm sorry, but I really don't think Jerry is the one and only man on this green earth that can raise the money for mda. He's old, cranky, rude, and each year he needs to retire. When he dies, mda will still be here.

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Rathbone    

Jerry goes way back when "gay" meant happy and content. Now if someone practices this disgusting lifestyle and someone makes a negative remark, it's a "horrible" thing. Follow the Bible and know homosexuality is an abomination to the Almighty.

2551 days ago
408.

Dan    

Another hater that needs to be punished for his hateful tounge.Funny when your at the top you seem to think your far above others,and can say what you want. Watch out for the people you made fun of as their are the ones there to make you feel it on your way down, and on your way out.Time to give it up Jerry,anyone else can replace you someone like Anita Bryant.

2551 days ago
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Martha Thigamajig    

He was probably referring to one of his sons.

2551 days ago
410.

skip    

How much money has this man raised for MDS for how many years? Personal agendas aside, please use common sense.

2551 days ago
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Cire    

I wonder if he made fun of a "crippled boy" in his joke if anyone would forgive him[?]. It may have been his next subject that he was going to improvise into his next series of comments had he gotton a laugh from his f' gag. I think he caught himself up in the first comment before going off and involving put-down discriminatory laugh lines to get the attention he desires. He didn't raise the money for "our kids" [NOT Jerry's kids] either! The MDA telethon [people tune in to see the entertainment acts; not Jerry], all of the corporate sponsors, volunteers and the stories of hope, faith and love reach into the public mind & soul! That 's how the money is raised! If there was a fire in the MDA building he'd run out of the building so fast to save his ass, never looking back at all of those kids he just ran out on and could have helped save. That's who Jerry really is!

2551 days ago
412.

USHER    

WHAT JERRY LEWIS SAID IS IGNORANT BUT IT SHOULDN'T OVERSHADOW ALL THE GOOD WORK HE DOES FOR MD. LET'S ALL MOVE ON -THERE ARE WORSE THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD!!

2551 days ago
413.

Dor    

We do not need to bash anyone who is a homosexual, this is not what is all about, it is about people who mess up and say things that just fall out of thier mouth, are you staying up all night putting together something that will help thousands of people - if not keep bad comments to your self! We are all put on this earth to help, not judge, I am not preaching but saying the truth!!!!!!!!!!

2551 days ago
414.

Dor    

Have any of you raised money for a good cause - ie - Md, Sinal Bifida, or any other good cause -

2551 days ago
415.

yukanblomee    

So....he had a word-drobe malfunction....$62M for the kids....he's more than paid for any misuse of a four letter word....so f_ck off....

2551 days ago
416.

Dan    

I wouldn't give one penny of my hard earned GAY money to any organization that has a hater as their spokesperson.You all will see the pull outs from major contributors whos leaders are Gay or Gay friendly.Time to check out you hateful old fool

2551 days ago
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Cire    

Dor, I was able to get a local S&L bank to give $1,000.00 to Shriners Hospital For Children -Erie, PA. and $250.00 to Wild Wings -Erie. {injured bird-wildlife; rehab. & release] I'm just a no-name ingrediant, in our common recipe to end any & all kinds of suffering.

2551 days ago
418.

Keke    

So if you are gay or lesbian you can say anything you want, call anyone any trashy name you like. But if you are straight and you, in jest, after hosting a 23 hour show for disabled people, make a comment to illicit a laugh you should be tarred and feathered. Makes me wonder if those that are yelling so loud have a problem with their own choices.

2551 days ago
419.

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS    

gays are nasty un-natural people.. glad someone told it like it is!!!

2551 days ago
420.

Freedomisnomore    

At the age of 82 most people know JL by the jokes he lashes out and by the good he has done..What is real funny is when one does wrong, there are always alot of people there to condem a person for his / her wrong, but when they do all the good in the world, they receive less recognition..He is at the age where freedom of speech is in his era, but anymore there is no such thing as freedom ...There was no punt intended by what he said and he is human like everyone of us...He said what he said, let him say his apologies and move on, im sure we all did it at some point in our life...But no it wont end that way because the media now has to get there recognition.......

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