Say what you want about our celebrity-obsessed culture, but sometimes stars put their fame to good use. That happened last night with the "Hand in Hand" hurricane relief telethon, which has earned more than $44 million so far for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Of that $44M, $14 million was raised during the hour-long telethon, ABC News reports, and $30 million donated in the following hours.
The benefit aired live from New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and had the kind of star power we can expect to see this Sunday at the Emmys.
The dozens of stars on screen included Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Drake, Julia Roberts, Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hanks, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, Billy Crystal, Malin Akerman, Uzo Aduba, Tracy Morgan, Steve Buscemi, Al Pacino, Hilary Duff, Jamie Foxx, Josh Groban, Marcia Gay Harden, Jared Leto, Jeremy Renner, Faith Hill, DJ Khaled, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker, CeCe Winans, Luis Fonsi, Tori Kelly, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, and so many more.
During the telethon, this Sunday's Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert said Apple would be donating $5 million. Jimmy Fallon shared that Albertsons Cos. and Merck would each give $1 million. Houston Rockets star Chris Paul said the NBA Players Association would donate $500,000 and match any professional basketball player's donation up to $20,000.
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