LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jerry Lewis is scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association during the group’s annual fundraising dinner in what would be the iconic comedian’s first public appearance since he and the Muscular Dystrophy Association parted ways.

Lewis is expected to walk the red carpet and give a brief speech at the fundraising dinner Saturday in Las Vegas.

Lewis had represented the MDA for 45 years as its national chairman and the host of its annual Labor Day weekend telethon. He and MDA officials have not explained the separation.

The Tucson, Ariz.-based association announced major changes to the telethon Thursday, including slashing it down from a nearly 22-hour show to six hours of prime time television in an effort to boost audience numbers and raise more money.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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