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Did Arnold Burn Victims with Illness?

3/14/2008 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Did Tom Arnold leave some Iraq war vets and Ed McMahon in the lurch when he backed out of a scheduled appearance with them? Not true! We're told a severe illness prevented him from showing up.

TMZ has learned that Arnold was enlisted by McMahon himself to appear at a screening of "This Is War," a documentary about seven US soldiers who were burned over 90% of their bodies during combat. Because Tom said he would show, organizers tell us FOX TV, Spike TV, and Sea Allure agreed to fly the soldiers out by private jet to the screening last weekend.

But twice before the event, we're told, Arnold had to reschedule and then had to bail out just two hours before red carpet rolled.

A source in Arnold's camp said that he had a stomach virus that was so severe that it landed him in the hospital. He was totally helpless to show up, even though he really wanted to do so, and had assured McMahon that he would. It was all unfortunate timing.
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michael jacksin    

You don't look good Tom...

2312 days ago
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mary    

thats bad!

2312 days ago
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satan    

what a suprise....a pseudo celebrity who is famous for marrying that fat ass rosanne turns out to be a douche.

2312 days ago
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TG    

so what? who wants to see him anyway. The only reason his name is out there is because of roseanne barr

2312 days ago
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Liz    

Tom, you think you have been married to some bitc#@@? Let me introduce you to KARMA!

2312 days ago
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kgb    

It's not like Tom Arnold is even a celebrity.
Just a yucky guy who married a fat celebrity.
Why didn't they ask....just about anyone else with a brain in their head out there to sub for him
LOSER.

2312 days ago
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Something smells fishy...    

Like he's too busy doing so much other stuff! Shame on you Tom!!!

2312 days ago
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Liz    

TMZ...................PLEAS TAKE THESE SPAMMERS OFF THIS SITE!!!!!! HARDRIVES WILL CRASH!!!!!

2312 days ago
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Malibu Barbie    

The best this guy can do is Redneck Wedding....who cares about him? Why is he the draw for this event? Who cares if he flakes, he's a flake.

2312 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

I met Tom Arnold at Caesar's Palace in Vegas, when he knocked me over in the lobby. His hair was dyed a really un- natural dark brownish black , and he looked like he had been up all night . Maybe that's why he pushed me out of the way, and kept going, after making a nasty comment ! People walking through couldn't believe it ! They were saying, "Did you hear that ? What a jerk ! " I'm not a Pap, and didn't ask for an autograph, I was dressed nicely . I'm 72. What is his deal ?

2312 days ago
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pd    

What the hell does Tom Arnold have scheduled that's so damn important?

2312 days ago
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greatneck    

WHO? Dunno it....snort...snort...ahhhhhhh

2312 days ago
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Fraggle Rock    

I wouldn't want to meet the loser anyway. Surely Ed has more connections than Tom Arnold. He's a has been that never was!

2312 days ago
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Jamie    

If you watch him on Redneck Wedding he looks and sounds like he's had a damn stroke. Too much freakin booze and drugs for Tommy.

2312 days ago
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Jessica    

This is truely sad.As a wife of a deplyed soilder I am sad to learn this. Shame on U.Please grow up

2312 days ago
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