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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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121.

Hello    

THE BIGOTS ARE OUT IN FORCE! I looked at the responses and most are endorsing his derogatory remarks goes to show you the level of anti-gay prejudice people have.

Reality Check, be quite with your "I have gay friends" lie. No you do not.

2613 days ago
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whatagay    

Jerry Lewis is great - was great and still is great ----but there should have been a 2-3 sec delay to is tirades on this show this year.. He looked and acted like he was on some meds or somethng - he is in his 80s and looks great -but age catches up to the best and the Tele. should have been aware! This is the kind of talk that some showbiz people use - granted not the best adjective to use on the air - - so, hence the delay.

2613 days ago
123.

ringo    

I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THE OLD BASTARD WAS STILL ALIVE

2613 days ago
124.

Tangie    

#97LOL---give him an upgrade, cuz he is right!!!

2613 days ago
125.

DJ    

My nephew has DMD, and Jerry Lewis does great things for these children. The media and GLAD should get off his back. He is 81, and was exhausted at the time. THANKS JERRY, FOR ALL YOU DO!!

2613 days ago
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KATHY D    

I watched the telethon all day and night and I didn't think he said anything hateful. Everyone needs to get over this and move on. All that matters here are the people with MD. These groups need to get a life and stop ruining our county. MOVE ON PEOPLE GET OVER IT

2613 days ago
127.

Lynn    

I don't think Jerry meant anything by his comment and the so-called press shouldn't try to make anything out of it either.

2613 days ago
128.

Get real    

Come on people....we need thicker skin. I don't think Jerry Lewis hates anyone.

2613 days ago
129.

Post    

Soon we'll have no freedom of speech. We all will be censored.

2613 days ago
130.

Daniel    

If anything, the think I find more shocking is the hateful posts that have popped up in this TMZ discussion thread.
The fact that so many people have taken time out of their lives to put up anti-gay posts (and not even mentioning Jerry Lewis -- which is actually the purpose of this discussion thread) is pathetic. I feel sorry for the state of America... There's far too many bigots and hatemongers are lurking in the shadows.

2613 days ago
131.

Zig    

The guy’s 81 years-old and does this grind every year. If GLAAD had any class they would donate some of their own money to MDA and then move on.

2613 days ago
132.

Hello    

Being gay is life.

2613 days ago
133.

patty    

Shame, shame on Jerry Lewis..I do hope this doesn't hurt the Telethon..Michael Richards and Mel Gibson were not excused for their tirades of prejudice and went to rehab and got cured/ha. Jerry should not be excused either and held accountable for his remark (s)!!! I anxiously await to hear from him and how he will talk himself out of this one???

Gibson did not lose his job Pattypoo..Richards lost his at the comedy club and probably any other clubs..the sad part is Gibson will go on making millions with his movies..Where do these priviledged people get off thinking they have a license to spew their hate and venim of prejudices?

2613 days ago
134.

Bert    

Will people ever realize that not everyone loves everyone else. I just dont find anything wrong if gays and lesbians are not your cup of tea. When did we become so thin skined this climate where we take every thing to heart is more destructive than productive. Get on with your life and stop being so dramatic about gay rights. If your gay your gay just go about your businesss and quit putting it in my face!!!!

2613 days ago
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KATHY D    

YOU PEOPLE NEED A LIFE SO WHAT IF HE CUSES GET REAL WHO DOSEN'T JERRY LEWIS IS A GREAT MAN AND FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR THESE CHILDREN DO YOU REALIZE HOW LONG HE HAS KEPT THIS GOING FOR THESE PEOPLE. DO YOU REALIZE HOW OLD HE IS (82) AND THAT HIS HEALTH IS FAILING BUT HE IS ALWAYS THERE EVERYEAR. HE DOES NOT MAKE A FOURTOUNE OFF THIS TELEATHON SO PEOPLE BEFORE YOU KNOCK SOMEONE KNOW YOUR FACTS THIS IS WHY IS COUNTRY IS THE WAY IT IS TOO MANY GROUPS CONTROLING THE POLITICANS AND TO MUCH HATE

2613 days ago
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