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Lythgoe: Lewis welcome on MDA telethon anytime
Lythgoe 'sorry' Lewis didn't appear on MDA telethon, says he's welcome back anytime
By The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) ' "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says he's sorry that comedian Jerry Lewis didn't participate in this year's Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, but the organization needs to move on to ensure the fundraiser continues.

The telethon co-host told The Associated Press minutes after the six-hour live broadcast ended on the east coast that he fully expected the 85-year-old comedian to show up either during the telecast or for a taped segment to film his signature song "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Lythgoe says an orchestra was ready to film Lewis, but he didn't come to the Las Vegas casino where the telethon was filmed.

Lewis publicist Candi Cazau (coo-ZOH') declined comment when reached by the AP.

The fundraiser raised $58.9 million last year, but was shortened this year.

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