Jerry Lewis Sounds Off on Reality Shows, Who’s the Best Physical Comedian Today … and Why He Has Banned the Term ‘TV’ in His House

Aug 1, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Film and television icon Jerry Lewis, appearing Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote an upcoming Encore documentary on him called "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis," took the opportunity to offer his always opinionated observations on a range of television topics, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The longtime host of the annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon declared, "I love the industry. I don’t allow my daughter to use the term ‘TV’ around the house. It’s television. It’s a miracle."

However, Lewis is no fan of the current television fare, mocking reality TV shows such as "The Biggest Loser." CinemaBlend.com quotes him saying, "This business is scrounging around for what to do. The medium is busy knocking its brand out to display the fat lady at 375 pounds (who) in two months is gonna be 240. Who gives a shit?"

Lewis added: "No one rushes home anymore to watch something good. They rush home and hope they see something good."

Lewis broke news during the session, reporting that he will be involved with MDA’s telethon beyond this year, contrary to previous reports that this was his final year. He also said John Travolta will remake Lewis’ film "The Family Jewels."

On a personal note, Lewis said not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about singer-actor Dean Martin, his former partner. Lewis also called Jim Carrey the "most brilliant physical comedian today."


  1. Thank you Jerry for expressing my exact thoughts regarding the television industry of today…… I was involved in the broadcasting industry. What viewers fail to understand is “profits to be made” from reality programing. Minimal expense/maximum return on investment. The psychology is that the viewer will project himself into the individual/participant of particular programing.

  2. I still Like him.

  3. i love him so much no matter in the past or now

  4. I think a lot of people would agree with Jerry’s sentiments regarding TV today. Mostly the TV biz is about tricking the audience into watching so they can sell advertising. Deliver the goods and less people will jump to cable.

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