Following the billions of dollars of damage Hurricane Sandy wrought on New York and New Jersey, some of the area’s most-famous entertainers will perform on an NBC telethon to raise money for relief efforts, AP reported
New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Long Island native Billy Joel will hit the airwaves Friday at 8 p.m. Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon and Sting will also make appearances. Matt Lauer will host.
The show will benefit the American Red Cross
and air on NBC satellite networks Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E! Other networks outside the NBC family are encouraged to join in the broadcast.
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In 2005, Lauer hosted a similar benefit for relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina. That concert was marred by controversy when Kanye West deviated from a script of prepared remarks, saying “George Bush does not care about black people.”
The New Jersey shoreline is one of the most devastated from Sandy, with its famous amusement pier in Seaside Heights completely destroyed and many of the town’s amusement rides still underwater.
Four of the six seasons of popular albeit ridiculed reality show “Jersey Shore” were filmed in the town; an MTV representative told Radar Online that the cast of the show may reunite for a benefit all its own.
"This is a devastating time for the East Coast and my prayers are with everyone," says Jersey Shore cast member Jenni "JWoww" Farley. "I am thinking about my second family at the Jersey Shore and know that we can rebuild and come back stronger."
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