Jerry Lewis no longer face of Muscular Dystrophy Association or its telethon

    The telethon that takes over your TV Labor Day weekend will be missing one key element this year: Jerry Lewis.

    The chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the face of its telethons is no longer serving either role, Fox reports.

    The 85-year-old served as MDA chair since the ’50s, and “has completed his run” in the role, according to the Tucson-based MDA.

    Lewis announced in May plans to retire, but was expected to appear in this year’s telethon. He won’t be replaced as chairman.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.