Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., March 10
Jerry Lewis Remains Hospitalized After Friars Club Collapse
It must have been all the farkakte Scientology in the air that caused show biz legend Jerry Lewis to collapse Tuesday evening.
The mavelous 86-year-old filmmaker/funnyman/humanitarian/pussycat mush was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his Manhattan hotel with low blood sugar.
It happened moments before JL was to set to appear at the Waldorf Astoria to present Tom Cruise with the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award. Lewis was also set to be honored with the Applause Award.
The New York Post quotes a Friars rep who last night said, “I just received word that Jerry Lewis will spend a second night in the hospital. He is doing well and expected now to be released on Thursday [today].”
Lewis’ friend and rep Candi Cazau says: “He was kept overnight as a precaution. He gets wrapped up and engrossed in his work, and he forgets to eat. He is diabetic, and it’s important for him to keep those [blood sugar] levels up. He was feeling dizzy, and since he was not in Las Vegas where his doctors are, they did take him to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He is feeling great and is anxious to get back up and back to work.”
Sources tell The Post that Cruise had personally asked for Lewis. It's the organization's highest honor previously only bestowed on Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
Wait a minute! An organization that comes with the tagline "A Hundred Years, A Million Laughs" has only awarded its highest honor to three people and Jerry Lewis wasn't one of them?! Aside from jumping on Oprah's couch and mixing it up with Matt Lauer over psychotropic drugs what has Tom Cruise ever done to bring forth laughter?
Cruise thanked Lewis during his acceptance speech saying, “I am sorry Jerry couldn’t be here tonight, but I know he is going to be fine.” He added: “As a young child and seeing what he did as an entertainer, that made a huge difference.” Cruise went on to applaud Lewis’ “staggering” work during his tenure with the MDA. “I have great respect for Jerry," he continued. "The world would definitely be a different place without him.”
Jerry has walked through worse storms. In June, Lewis was rushed to the hospital and had to cancel a sold-out show in Sydney, Australia. Months later he was forced to step down as National Chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Walk on, Jerry! America needs Julius Kelp and The Nutty Professor: The Musical on Broadway!