Academy Award-nominated actor George Clooney, rap star Wyclef Jean, and a host of other decorated entertainers are putting together an all-star benefit with MTV Networks to help the victims of Tuesday’s horrific Haitian earthquake.
Hope For Haiti, a bi-coastal telethon, will be broadcast worldwide next Friday, Jan. 22, on MTV channels around the Globe as well as ABC, NBC, HBO, and CNN, the network announced in a press statement Friday afternoon. The live show will air at 8 PM EST. All proceeds will be split evenly among five relief organizations currently operating in Haiti: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Yele Haiti Foundation.
“In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, MTV Networks is presenting “Hope for Haiti,” a global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT. “Hope for Haiti” will also be made available to MTV Networks International, CNN International and National Geographic channels worldwide,” the release reads.
“Leading the charge for “Hope for Haiti” will be George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN’s Anderson Cooper from Haiti,” MTV continues. “The two-hour telethon will be broadcast from New York City and Los Angeles, and will feature musical performances and celebrity appearances to be announced prior to the event, as well as live news reports from CNN. “Hope for Haiti” will be produced by Joel Gallen, Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with MTV Networks and George Clooney.”