George Clooney to host telethon for Haiti aid

NEW YORK Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:41pm EST

Actor George Clooney accepts the award for Best Actor for his work in ''Up In The Air'' at the National Board of Review Awards in New York January 12, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actor George Clooney accepts the award for Best Actor for his work in ''Up In The Air'' at the National Board of Review Awards in New York January 12, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hollywood actor George Clooney will host a telethon on MTV next week to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, the music network said on Thursday.

The event will be broadcast on all MTV Network channels on Friday, January 22, when Clooney is expected to be joined by as yet unnamed pop music and movie stars.

Haiti-born musician Wyclef Jean has already raised over $1 million for the aid effort via the Twitter network, and is in the country "giving aid and assessing the situation", according to his website.

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