Haitian born New Jersey resident Wyclef Jean will host the “Hope for Haiti“ telethon live from New York City tonight at 8pm ET/PT (7PM CT) on MTV. Jean will be joined by co-hosts George Clooney broadcasting from Los Angeles, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper who will broadcast live from Haiti.
“Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” will air across major television networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW, as well as cable networks BET, CMT, CNN, HBO and VH1. The telethon will also be live streamed globally via most online networks including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, CNN.com and MTV.com, and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV.
According to MTV, numerous A-List celebrities will lend a hand answering phones during the event. Many artists will also perform live including Wyclef, Bruce Spingsteen, John Legend, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder and many others. The audio performances and the video of the 2 hour telethon will be made available for purchase via iTunes, with all of the artist and record label proceeds going directly to help with the efforts in Haiti.
The telethon will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation.
Many in Hollywood have already shown their support with donations such as $1M donated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt and Angelina Joile; $250,000 donated by Tyler Perry and Madonna; and $100,000 donated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
In a previous article, it was reported that Wyclef left the US for Haiti immediately after the devastating earthquake struck his native country. He lead the charge in galvanizing the world to donate $5 for relief efforts through his Yele Haiti foundation by texting “Yele” to 501501. Jean said that “we must act now” in the moments after the quake; and intends on returning back to his country to help create strategies to get people food and medical aid. He states that “Haiti don’t need no more photo ops,” referring to the influx of news media from around the world, while still having logistical breakdowns in getting people the essentials they need.
“Hope for Haiti Now” is produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom’s MTV Networks and George Clooney.