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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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436.

SANDY    

I have had many gay friends and love them dearly but i also adore JERRY LEWIS he's a good guy ,haven't we all said some thing dumb at some time ?

2502 days ago
437.

MISS SWEET D    

STOP DYEING YOUR HAIR JERRY, IT HAS REALLY STARTED TO AFFECT YOUR BRAIN CELLS. ALAS THE TRUTH COMES OUT.

2502 days ago
438.

Bigt    

It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Come on people!

2501 days ago
439.

bigdeal    

who cares, what happened to freedom of speech?

2501 days ago
440.

chillout music girl    

He is getting senile now..Jerry needs to retire... I loved his wacky movies when I was a kid..but its time to retire jerry....

2498 days ago
441.

Getreal    

Rev. Happyjack,

I submit to you that it is hateful to DICTATE to others. Thefore you are a Hypocrite.

2497 days ago
442.

Brenda    

I LOVE YOU,Jerry!!!!

2497 days ago
443.

Terry    

RIGHT ON, JERRY!!!!!!! The man has a right to say what he wants. The little pansies who scream their feelings are hurt should grow up! Life isn't an elementary school! If this is the worst thing the gay/lesbian community has to worry about, I'd say they have it pretty easy as compared to the rest of us!!!!!!!!!!

2497 days ago
444.

Oh good one you are so tied-down and so miserable    

Too weak for nothing else

2497 days ago
445.

Harry Nipples, Jr.    

Thank you Jerry Lewis!

2497 days ago
446.

joe    

LEWIS RAISED HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY.HE DOES IT FOR EVERYONE. HE SAID A STUPID THING AND NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE. THATS IT NO MORE NO LESS.THE WORLD IS GETTING CARRIED AWAY HERE.

2497 days ago
447.

Jess    

When are people going to stop being so sensitive? I'm a Jerry's Kid and have been called names all my life...41 years this month. Get over it!! Just because someone says something that offends you doesn't make you less of anything. Only YOU can do that!!! Think about it? How many times have you said or done something that offended someone else?? How many?!?! You know you have. We all have! We're human and no matter if we mean it or not...we all have offended someone. Move on!

2496 days ago
448.

Leela    

Why is this nasty old fossil even still on television?

2496 days ago
449.

Paula Banding    

To Leela: You poor thing...you are sick and a bigot. Why do you call Jerry Lewis, who is trying to do something good, "an old fossil". Firstly, it is offensive to older people and secondly, moron, are there any "young fossils"? Our country has a lot of bigots such as you, they are called liberals and they have one set of rules for themselves and another set for everyone else. You have a problem and perhaps you should get some help....

2495 days ago
450.

Mr L    

Give the guy a break....its only been "OK to be Gay" for like 10 years now..he's 100 years old....back in his day they were beatin the crap out of guys just for wearing an ear ring.

2495 days ago
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