CNN Sets June 21 'Larry King Live' Telethon To Aid Gulf Oil Spill Recovery

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CNN will present a two-hour Larry King Live telethon on June 21 to help raise funds for organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.
The star-studded Disaster In the Gulf: How You Can Help will help raise awareness and funds to help United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy to assist those impacted by the environmental disaster.
King's schedule guests include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Sammy Kershaw, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz. There will also be a special performance by Sting.
Guests will talk with King on set and via satellite and also participate in the program's telephone banks taking viewer calls, or in a special online Social Suite, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, for participants using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity guests post live Facebook updates during Monday's telethon,with the hashtag #CNNHelpGulf used for viewers and online participants interested in joining the conversation on Twitter.

CNN's Anderson Cooper, Soledad O'Brien, Kyra Phillips and Rob Marciano will provide the latest news from the Gulf throughout the two-hour live telecast, with reports from locations, including New Orleans, Grand Isle, and other areas throughout the region.
"The Gulf oil spill is a disaster both national and natural in scope, and the point of this effort is to get immediate relief to the people and Wildlife who are in urgent need," says longtime CNN Larry King Live senior executive producer Wendy Walker in a statement. "The telethon's proceeds go directly to the relief organizations who are working on the frontlines to do just that."

Commented King: "I understand bureaucracy and that some things take time, but when you're out of work, you don't need help tomorrow, you need help today. I'm grateful so many friends and colleagues are coming out to support our June 21st telethon. We're going to raise all we can to help the people and also the wildlife that need it now."

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