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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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16.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Who cares?????? The world has left this pathetic American war in the lurch.
Phoney war.. phoney booking?

The world doesn't support this war.. why should Tom Arnold?

2383 days ago
17.

valweezy    

someone needs to lay him out
that was mad f#!%'d up.

2383 days ago
18.

Moe    

He doesn't care obviously. No skin off his behind. Who is this Tom guy anyway????

2383 days ago
19.

Just Another Hater    


There's a difference between supporting the war and supporting our
troops. Regardless of your opinion of the conflict itself, it's
pretty clear that these soldiers are deserving of our compassion and
support. Many of those serving come from disadvantaged backgrounds
and see military service as one of the few ways that they can escape
a life of poverty. They shouldn't be subjected to the indignity of
being stood-up by that talentless, obnoxious and mean-spirited prick,
Tom Arnold. This goes especially for those who have been badly
disfigured in service to our country. Phony war? Maybe. Phony
injuries? Not at all.

16. Who cares?????? The world has left this pathetic American war in
the lurch.
Phoney war.. phoney booking?

The world doesn't support this war.. why should Tom Arnold?

2383 days ago
20.

MIck    

COME ON HOLLYWOOD, DON'T YOU THINK THESE SOLDIERS DESERVE MORE RESPECT THAN ASKING THIS LOSER TOM ARNOLD--WHO ISN'T EVEN A FREAKIN' "CELEBRITY"--TO PARTKAE IN THEIR EVENT?! WTF?! I THOUGHT TOM TALENTLESS ARNOLD DISAPPEARED UNDER HIS ROCK YEARS AGO!

2383 days ago
21.

albert    

TOM ARNOLD MUST BE FRIENDS WITH NICK HOGAN...BOTH OF THEM LIKE TO TAKE A DUMP ON IRAQ-VETS!

2383 days ago
22.

Vicki in Canada    

Wow! That's not nice now is it???? What a creep - at least apologize you idiot!!!!

2383 days ago
23.

DAVE    

yvonne.l.tom arnold.is a joke and a jerk.only reason he has any money.is becuz he marryed roseanne.she is not a loser she was lonely women overwighte.not the best looking women.she wanted a men he use her.that is not a men.

2383 days ago
24.

hanjob solo    

Tom said he couldn't stand all of the burn victims looking so surprised

2383 days ago
25.

I'll rent the DVD when it's done    

Oppose the war, but LOVE the troops! They deserve better than this crackhead no talent leech!

2383 days ago
26.

Monica Lewinsky's Ex-Boyfriend's Wife for President    

I met this douchebag at an audition for a game show last summer. They brought him in to work with the contestants as a possible host for the show. What an idiot. He couldn't remember how the game was supposed to be played, he made tasteless and crude jokes that may be funny in a private setting but would have NEVER been allowed to air on TV, he rambled on about krap and had to be told by the producer to get back on task. The producer and director looked HORRIFIED. Needless to say, the game show never made it on air. Douchebag.

2383 days ago
27.

No Wonder Boy    

It just shows what a low class Wanker Arnold is, a true "D Lister". Only a low life like him wonder disrespect Veterans>

2383 days ago
28.

gagal    

Our military deserves better than this douche bag!

2383 days ago
29.

MC    

Why would such a loser like Tom Arnold be asked to visit with OUR troops. Our men and women deserve better than that. A good candidate would be Gary Sinese, who is a class act and respects the military. My thanks and love go out to the troops that were present.

2383 days ago
30.

Play    

come on Tom! I liked Tom Arnold's show on Ego TV "Dream Job" by the way.

2383 days ago
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