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Comedian apologizes for ‘cripple’ comment

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PHOENIX (AP) — Comedian Jerry Lewis, whose telethons raise millions for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, apologized Friday for referring to the wheelchair-bound as "cripple" and saying people donate out of pity.

During a profile of Lewis that was broadcast May 20 on the "CBS Sunday Morning" show, a reporter described Lewis as unapologetic to those who say he is patronizing in his charity work, according to a transcript provided by Tucson-based MDA.

Lewis then said, "I'm telling you about a child in trouble. If it's pity, we'll get some money. I'm giving you facts. Pity. You don't want to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair, stay in your house." In a statement released by MDA on Friday, Lewis apologized and said his comments were in error.