Jerry Lewis from earlier telethonAbsent but still the star of the show, comedian Jerry Lewis helped the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon raise more than $61 million over the weekend, the amount Lewis was hoping for.

An annual event that stretched over 21 hours on Sunday honored his efforts during the past 45 years to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the disorder through medical research, the organization said on Monday.

Four young co-hosts gushed about the funny man with a big heart, who retired this year after raising about 2.5 billion dollars for the MDA over his career as host.

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