George Clooney called all of his A-list celebrity friends, and they all answered the call for his “Hope for Haiti” telethon that airs tonight commercial-free on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
A stunning array of A-list celebrities from the acting, music and sports communities will converge to join forces with Clooney to make the emergency fundraising telethon a grand success. On board are: Madonna, Robert Pattinson, Leo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicole Kidman, Muhammad Ali, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Jon Stewart, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Shakira, Chris Martin, Alicia Keys, U2, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and Sting.
George Clooney will serve as co-producer and the host from Los Angeles. He will be joined by Haitian born Wyclef Jean who will host from New York, and CNN reporter Anderson Cooper who will provide live reports from Haiti. All funds raised will be evenly split among these five organizations working to provide relief to earthquake victims: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation.
One of the highlight’s of “Hope for Haiti” will be when Jay-Z and Rihanna join U2’s Bono and The Edge on stage in London for a group performance. The star-studded collaboration is just one of many sure to make the George Clooney-led effort a must-see event and bring much-needed relief to Haiti. Beginning Friday, iTunes customers will be able to exclusively pre-order the “Hope for Haiti Now” full-performance album ($7.99) and the full 2-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti” charities.
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