The last we heard from Jamie Foxx, he was pissing people off with a lame fake sign language gag and avoiding the wrath of Xenu by denying a relationship with Katie Holmes. But in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we can put all that foolishness aside. Jamie, a Texas native, is going to be hosting a telethon to raise money for hurricane relief.
UsWeekly reports that Jamie, who is from Terrell, Texas, announced on Tuesday that he had donated $25,000 to the hurricane relief effort, and that he would be hosting a telethon on September 12th to raise money.
UsWeekly says the telethon will be hosted simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, and will include celebrity participants, like Reese Witherspoon and Blake Shelton (who will host in Nashville). TMZ says Jamie Foxx will host in Los Angeles, and might be joined by Houston native Hilary Duff. For New York, it is rumored to be Michael Strahan (who was born in Houston), and possibly Kelly Rowland. It will be organized by the same people who set up Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester benefit concert.
Jamie joins a growing list of celebrities who’ve donated big bucks to various disaster relief organizations. Sandra Bullock notably gave $1 million dollars towards relief efforts, and others like Chris Brown, Kevin Hart, The Rock, DJ Khaled, and Jennifer Lopez have also given generously. If you are thinking about making a donation yourself, here is a useful tool to help ensure your money does the most good.
Y’all, this is going to be the twangiest telethon ever! Now that Jerry Lewis has departed, maybe this will be the dawning of a new era in telethoning? Honestly, I’m surprised they are not doing this as a Tweetathon. A Snapathon? At any rate, it’s bound to do a lot of good for a lot of people. And, if we’re lucky, we’ll get another golden moment of candor out of somebody who’s dissatisfied with how the current administration is handling the situation. Who will be the hapless Mike Myers and who will be the Kanye?!
I’m also looking forward to the telethon, not just because it’s a great cause and will help to ease the suffering of many, but because I’m stoked about the possibilities of a live broadcast. I will have my fingers crossed in hopes that somebody reads The Donald for filth, even if it’s unrelated to Harvey. But also stoked because it’s a good cause. But also because I am petty.