June 20, 2010

Monday night – LKL 2-hr telethon to help the Gulf coast

Posted: 08:43 PM ET

TUNE IN ON MONDAY for our special two-hour Larry King Live telethon, “DISASTER IN THE GULF: How You Can Help,” from 8 to 10pm Eastern, a star-studded effort to raise funds for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Guests include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, 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, Herbie Hancock, India.Arie, with a special performance by Sting.

Guests talk with Larry 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 internet social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity guests post live Facebook updates during Monday’s telethon and the hashtag #CNNHelpGulf is used for viewers and online participants wanting to join the conversation on Twitter.

For more information on the three organizations involved in this initiative please visit the following:


United Way is offering help to the families along the Gulf that are facing financial, educational and health-related challenges as a result from the economic disruption from this Oil Spill. The United Way Gulf Recovery fund will provide emergency assistance, such as help with food, rent and utilities, and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild these lives and these communities.


The National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund supports efforts to find and save oiled wildlife, and help recover their delicate ecosystems that make up their nesting and breeding grounds.


In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Nature Conservancy has launched their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration, expanding their efforts for long term recovery for the Gulf of Mexico and habitats along the coast, including salt marshes, oyster reefs, marshlands, beaches and estuaries.

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JW   June 20th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

I missed this show, and I am curious why BP isn't paying for everything? For example, cleaning up oil off the birds and wildlife. Or lost wages/profits/health/etc. I can understand helping Haiti after an earthquake that devestates their country, but paying for BP's damages? Doesn't that reduce BP's liability? It would be helpful if someone could explain this one more in depth. BP isn't backing out on this now, is it?

Will Dobson   June 20th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Please visit I created this website in New Hampshire to help people become informed about this tragic event and to allow them to share their ideas, comments and suggestions for solving this crisis. May you please visit this site and please provide a link to it on CNN. Thanks. Will Dobson

John   June 20th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

Please help, give plenty of money, CEO Tony Hayward need to get his live back. HELP....

Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 12:35 am ET

Kudo's again to Larry King and his wonderful CNN Staff for helping raise awareness of such environmental and human disasters.

However beyond being unable to save a very large percentage of the dead and dying aquatic life, sea life, mammals and birds that have been exposed to the Hundreds of Millions of gallons of poisonous, toxic and carcinogenic crude Oil, this drill and spill cycle MUST be broken or it is merely repeated faster than the 75 Years it takes for adequate degradation and absorption of the previous Oil spill.

What I sincerely recommend Larry King is to focus and generate an American awareness and telethon on Alternative Energy focusing entirely on Non-Fossil Fuels.

Or we can continue this sad, disheartening and extremely expensive Oil and Coal accidents powering America's energy.

Nalani   June 21st, 2010 12:46 am ET

If one oil well leak can do this much damage, what would happen if they all started leaking? I guess we could torch the entire ocean!

Jay   June 21st, 2010 7:18 am ET

I say clean up the mess and then bill BP. We are wasting time! Animals are dying and the environment is being destroyed. People and their money is what got us here. Lets not let this be what makes the situation worse.
I understand that people's livelihoods are being disrupted and I'm sorry for them. But none of it will matter once the wildlife is destroyed in that region. The payouts are a temporary fix to their problem. BP's money will run out. At that point, the people will look to Obama to take tax money to pay them out.
The government is willing to put all of our money into a war (one that will never end, mind you), but prefer not to put out to the cleanup. I just don't get it.



















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Karen E. Valli   June 21st, 2010 8:14 am ET

How about a piece on how to pressure Congress and President Obama to force BP to clean up their own mess.. ??

pat switzer   June 21st, 2010 8:19 am ET

I am growing increasingly angry about this situation with BP, The gulf coast of FL has been hit extremely hard by the recession, I live in the Sarasota area where we have unemployment that is over 14% in many communities. We were starting to see things get a little better down here before this spill. What is BP going to do to help these communities? I personally know of 5 families that have changed thier vacation plans, now not coming to the coast because of the spill. We depend on tourism. I hear that they are paying claims to small businesses but what about the people that those small businesses employed, or would have employed, I am unemployed and have been for 2 years, there is no longer unemployment benfits for me. I can not find work, I believe partially based on this situation with BP. This part of the country is ailing and needs help!!!

1HippieChick   June 21st, 2010 8:54 am ET

Will the media please STOP referring to this disaster as a "spill"? How utterly disgusting and an insult to our collective intelligence!

Annemiek   June 21st, 2010 9:44 am ET

Please Tune in on Monday!!
Especially when you live in The USA!
Many celeberties are helping,, Ian has grown up there,
So tune in, and help!

Lily Mae   June 21st, 2010 9:44 am ET

Way to go Larry! I'm looking forward to your concert!

You are welcome to contribute to my charity benefit concert too! It's on YouTube at my channel, youtube(dot)com/LilyMae08 ...

Lily's Charity Benefit Concert, "This is for the Birds", to benefit National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Cousteau Society.

Candy   June 21st, 2010 9:48 am ET

People on the Coast want to work, not recieve assistance. It seems to me that the states involved and the Federal Government could give tax credits or at least tax deduction for money spent in the affected areas. Tax credits always stimulate spending. Also, people planning to travel to the areas could apply for a debit cards that could be loaded with $100 from the fund and could only be used in the disaster area zipcodes. Wouldn't this be an allowable use of the $20 Billion fund.

JW   June 21st, 2010 9:48 am ET

Interesting information. It seems the fundraising is based on the idea that right now enough is not being done to clean up/remedy the mess that our oil-hungry tastes have made. BP supposedly is paying for everything–but there are some on here that seem to be saying that they aren't paying quick enough. And because BP is too slow, people/wildlife/environment are suffering. This seems like the fundamental problem here in regard to clean-up and fundraising–aren't we actually saying BP is not moving quick enough, has not mobilized enough resources, and is basically not responsive enough? And now we have to do fundraising and volunteer work to supplement it and make up for where BP is lacking? Fundraising and volunteer work that BP will never pay back.

Sadly, we as Americans let this happen. We close our eyes to environmental problems caused by corporations in other countries all the time–the unseen costs of things we want–and finally it happened in our backyard. Our thirst for more and more for the sake of more and more, and our failure to hold companies and others responsible for their actions (for example, creating plans to respond to oil well leakage before we allow drilling) has caught up to us.

So I'm certainly not opposed to helping out with the clean-up as much as possible, since we the citizens were, and still are, asleep at the wheel. And we should always step up and help our fellow man. But let's not beat around the bush then and pretend BP couldn't do more–they could. They could hire lots more contractors to do the work that volunteers are doing. BP could hire the current volunteers as contractors. BP could transfer money to United Way and others to pay for the losses. They could hire more people and companies to come and clean up wildlife and birds. Instead of yachting, they could be working extra hours to find more people willing to get paid to clean up the mess.

BP could make their top corporate officers move down to Louisiana and live there in the midst of everything and see the devastation every day. Kind of hard to go yachting when you know the consequences of your actions and are reminded of it every day. Those people in the Gulf won't be enjoying yachting any time soon.

Jimmy   June 21st, 2010 9:52 am ET

If I donate money to this cause, how do I know it will reach the people that actually need the money? I know for a fact that when all the billions of dollars were raised after 9/11 that United Way sat on the money as long as they could while reaping the interest money. Not all of the money went to help victims of 9/11, some of it was put into the general funds of United Way.

United Way is a large contributor to Planned Parenthood which promotes abortion.

So, money that was given by sincere people to help the victims of 9/11 ended up financing abortion.

I see this telethon as another way to take advantage of the kind hearted people of America while celebrities tuck feathers in their caps for promoting the telethon.

I'll donate directly to the Salvation Army which has a proven track record of actually getting the funds to people that have a ligitimate need.

gerald Jolly   June 21st, 2010 10:13 am ET

I am not without concern for the plight of the people or the animals caused by the B P oil disaster.

But really folks.

Did'nt the President as well as the B P spokesman tell us that any and all financial costs resulting from this tragedy will be covered entirely by B. P.

Aren't we Americans put upon beyond our own ability to meet our own basic needs for life already.

We have donated 100's of millions to the Haiti charities already.

We are taxed billions of dollars every month to finance two wars we should'nt be involved in.

When will the ultra rich going to understand that we simply have nothing more to give.


maddy   June 21st, 2010 10:26 am ET

Finally people which mobilizes for the cause of animals

jen   June 21st, 2010 11:07 am ET

As a resident of Gulf Shores, which has been one of the most effected areas, I can tell you that even though BP is supposed to pay, they have years to raise the 20 billion, and so far, business owners here have been paid a single $5000 check for their losses. This is supposed to cover the losses from April to July. These are businesses that were making a couple thousand a DAY. That $5000 check will not go very far. I agree that BP should pay all of it, but someone has to force them to pay certain amounts to certain people by a certain time. Until our government steps up and spells out exactly what is expected of them, BP will just pay what they want, when they want.

Christine   June 21st, 2010 11:21 am ET

Enough with the whining of people who keep saying they have nothing left to give. I'm in Canada, and I will give what I can because I support the environment world wide because we are all connected. I have visited the gulf during travels. Now seeing images of dead wildlife, oiled birds, oil soaked marshes reaches out to me. By the time BP does anything of value everything will be dead. Yes they are accountable but they aren't doing what is needed and neither is the gov't. So rather than sit back and fiddle 'while Rome burns' forgo your morning latte and chip in $5 – if everyone did that – then perhaps more action in rescuing those that still can be and getting equipment to clean up some of those areas can start taking place. With up to 100 million barrels a day leaking out of this thing it is high time someone take action. There are no skimmers – nothing along the shores to prevent this entire area from becoming a dead zone. This is ONE world and we are all a part of it. Give a buck, give two bucks – but do something.

Callie   June 21st, 2010 11:54 am ET

It is apparent that Bp and the federal government is not going to help us. Basic Missions and The Redneck Riviera Tea Party (see facebook) will be standing firmly behind hands across america. It is time we all acted in a way that shows our support. Thank you and Please visit for more information. Callie Broussard-Wheeler

George   June 21st, 2010 12:15 pm ET

PLEASE promote Hands Across the Sand. It is deserving of national media attention and has received very little.

FED UP   June 21st, 2010 12:33 pm ET

gimme a break!! once again we the people are supposed to hand over our hard earned dollars towards a disaster in the richest country on earth. Let the elected gov't & BP pay for the spill. Americans want to contribute? give to 3rd world countries, where there is true suffering.

The so called celebs showing up tonite are there for their own benefit.

Other then the animals exactly who is suffering enough along the coast that a Larry King Live telethon is needed?

You want to see suffering at the hands of the US, well then give to the people of Afghanistan & Iraq. Now that is a tragedy.

kate bella   June 21st, 2010 12:42 pm ET

really. thank you so much. living here and seeing all these comments that people think we don't need the help is discouraging. should bp be held accountable? yes, but how long will it be with all the court hearings, etc. we need help NOW. some of us depend on the wildlife in the gulf for our livelihood. who's going to clean up our beaches and our birds? you people who say we don't need the help surely don't expect bp to do it, do you? we have to do and we can't do it alone. so, thanks to you, mr larry king. and a special thanks to ian somerhalder for continuously realizing that we need this help too. his efforts on twitter were not in vain. thanks again, kate, a resident of southern louisiana who loves this place more than one can imagine.

Bett   June 21st, 2010 12:46 pm ET

BP will back out of anything it can back out of. Unfortunately, we can't just let them take care of everything, for the sake of the animals and people. Look at it this way: if you came upon a person who had just been attacked, would you help them or insist that the attacker pick them up and carry them to the hospital? BP has attacked the gulf and is going to do as little about it as they can get away with. We need to be the good Samaritans and help out.

Emily   June 21st, 2010 1:02 pm ET

I agree with Christine. I work in animal rescue and they should not be the ones to suffer because you feel that you have a point to make. If you can't offer financial support then at least do something to help the animals. The rescue agencies need volunteers and donations of supplies. Hell if you can't give a buck check with the groups and see what supplies they need. I am sure it's not going to break your bank account to donate a bottle of Dawn.

SNJersey   June 21st, 2010 1:09 pm ET

I am a lil confused... why are we haveing a telethon for something we as tax payers are not to pay a dime towards? Doesnt this telethon DEFEAT the purpose of BP paying for EVERYTHING ????? Are we now helping BP raise money for clean up? Dont look for a dime from me...

M. Wimmer   June 21st, 2010 1:11 pm ET

WTF? the oil industry has so much money it owns the whole damn world!!!!!! when are these losers starting to PAY?

M.   June 21st, 2010 1:11 pm ET

facebook: boykott BP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Florida   June 21st, 2010 1:38 pm ET

I totally agree, I feel Americans should help out each other BUT a telethon for already struggling Americans to give to something that was avoidable!

Larry instead of having struggling Americans GIVE what they DO NOT have how about getting the more fortunate to come out of their pockets like the &%^$%$ BP CEO Tony Hayward.

WHY should we pay while this idiot is yachting on the clean waters over the weekend..>REALLY???

If I could I would have been on a dingy chucking tar balls at his ^%$ .....unbelievable.... a telethon....REALLY?

I care about the earth   June 21st, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Animals are DYING right now! Money is unlimited, but animals are not. This spill will hurt everyone. Don't be so dependent on BP. Worry about them later and our wildlife's future NOW!!!

Thank you Larry King and all the other people for caring about our enviroment and helping out with bringing more awareness to this awful event.

We can all help in some way. Don't just wait for someone else to clean up. This will have an already terrible effect on us and not cleaning it up will hurt us all even more.

robert johnston   June 21st, 2010 1:58 pm ET

I'm suggesting that we offer any person who books and pays for a vac./ charter boat or any other activity in the affected areas within the next 60 days gets to take it off their taxes and the gov. can give BP the bill. they don't have to take the vac. or charter for up to two years.

Gulliver   June 21st, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Again, why should I PAY BP for their chaotic mess and support them by donating money to their clean up? Really? You talking to me?
Also, why is it that there are so few clean up crews (for every mile there are about 10 people (slowly) cleaning up...) except, of course, when President Obama shows up...then they call the training schools to bring all their students out there...then they leave after the president leaves....(saw this myself) and go back to school! Amazing!
Who holds the BP contracts? There are a lot of people with their HAZWOPER 40, TWIC cards and certifications looking for the clean up jobs...why aren't they being hired? Why is a certain company taking 100's of applications, sending them to a 4 hour orientation (they are calling it training – but there is no training involved, nor certifications, not TWIC card, and no 8, 24 let alone 40 HAZWOPER training....) They simply take the applications, direct them to the 4 hour orientation and then tell them that they will call them. It seems to me that this certain company now has all the information they need to bill BP for the training...Its not free....and they are certainly not footing the bill....Someone needs to look into this...NO, I am very much against BP, I hate what they did, I hate that Tony Hayward looks to Louisiana and their people like they are retarded and stupid with his "don't give a damn attitude" – but I very much against fraud, which is what this certain company is doing.......

Jill   June 21st, 2010 2:20 pm ET

No gasten su tiempo
Organizence y dejen oir su voz UNETE!
Sabado * 10 julio
Protesta mundial del BP II
2 – 4 pm Randolph & Michigan (S.E. corner)

Hable por aquello que no pueden, los animales, los pajaros, el aqua, la tierra y el aire, y la proxima generacion. Tienen que dejar saber su querella. Ya no podemos estar callados. Hable de cualquier manera que pueda, el silencio es peor. El silencio los hace ganadores a ellos y nunca podremos recuperar nuestra vida. Nunca pordremos tener el ambiente como el piso del mar.

La catastrofe a la vida comenzo el 20 de abril 2010. por muchos anos el mundo nunca sera igual…quizas. Nuestra protesta es una plataforma para organizar a la gente alrededor del mundo quienes estanmuy descontentos con la irresponsibilidad y comportamiento manipulativo de BP. Continuaremos presionando al gobierno de US para que usen todos los esfuerzos para hacer BP responsable por el dano que han causado.

BaltimoreJoe   June 21st, 2010 2:22 pm ET

Well, I guess I'll be the spoiler... BP has put aside $20B which the U.S. Govt is suppose to administer. Why are you having a Telethon? Why are people complaining about BP not paying claims? It's all up to the WH now to administer claims and dole out money like they did after Catrina. The cleanup is now largely run by the WH as well with BP trying to 'plug the hole'. Why are people not angry about the govt's lack of cleanup efforts and even longer now claims process?

Sorry to say but before I donate to anything post Catrina, given the political slant on everything, I look to see whether the local govt is red/blue. If it's blue I just don't give anymore.

Florida   June 21st, 2010 2:24 pm ET

RE: Hey Christine, tell you what how about you chip in 5.00 for me and a few other Americans who do not have enough food to put on the table and are 2 days from their lights being shut off.

So take your latte comment and push it where the sun dont shine and "YOU" chip in a buck or two for me and about 49% of Americans who wake up every morning worrying how a basic essential such as food I will be able to put on the table...

By the way I am a woman, with a husband unemployed & searching with 2 small children...YOU PRUDE

RE: Christine
Enough with the whining of people who keep saying they have nothing left to give. I'm in Canada, and I will give what I can because I support the environment world wide because we are all connected. I have visited the gulf during travels. Now seeing images of dead wildlife, oiled birds, oil soaked marshes reaches out to me. By the time BP does anything of value everything will be dead. Yes they are accountable but they aren't doing what is needed and neither is the gov't. So rather than sit back and fiddle 'while Rome burns' forgo your morning latte and chip in $5 – if everyone did that – then perhaps more action in rescuing those that still can be and getting equipment to clean up some of those areas can start taking place. With up to 100 million barrels a day leaking out of this thing it is high time someone take action. There are no skimmers – nothing along the shores to prevent this entire area from becoming a dead zone. This is ONE world and we are all a part of it. Give a buck, give two bucks – but do something.

Dina   June 21st, 2010 2:26 pm ET

Christine, bravo! Thank you for caring....
I hope the rest of us feel more like you than some of the other posters.
By the time BP pays out, more of the environment will have been destroyed, wildlife killed slowly and with excrutiating pain, and people's way of life dissappeared.
The help is needed now and is need urgently.
Please everyone – we need to make BP responsible, but we are all being diminished by this horrible situtation now and have to take control NOW!!

Jill   June 21st, 2010 2:26 pm ET

We’re preparing the July 10th Worldwide BP Protest 2 to help. It’s global. We’ve been waiting for someone like Larry King to get some big names together. Thank you CNN.

Here’s our bit: Sat July 10 from 2-4pm in Chicago on the SE corner of Randolph & Michigan. Our rallying cry is based on a CNN interview with the wife of one of the shrimpers in the Gulf. He, and the other fishermen, were forced to sign a gag order if they wanted to work for BP's cleanup crew. If they didn't promise silence, BP would not hire them. She was afraid to give the interview and when asked by the CNN reporter why she was still doing it, Kindra Arnesson replied "It starts with one."

This gave us what we needed to stress our global solidarity. BP has also threatened to fire any workers in the cleanup group who accept to wear the protective masks offered gratis by the Health Dept because of the toxicity of the chemical dispersant Corexit 9500. It had been taken off the market in 1989 after the Exxon Valdez spill due to the insidious effects on the nervous system and long-range carcinogenic effects. Of course, BP, unchecked by the EPA (we learned that BP was a major supplier of fuel for the US military) went ahead and sprayed with this dispersant regardless of the known warnings. Help Kindra feel she's not alone. This is our moment to show what we're made of.

Mark   June 21st, 2010 2:29 pm ET

I can't believe Larry King is doing this. Is he kidding? Wanna help the Gulf Coast, go ask Hollywood, The Government or BP. Don't come at me...this is ridiculous.

Nate   June 21st, 2010 2:37 pm ET

I agree there should be no benefit or fundraising done for this at all. This is BP's mess and they should have to pay 100% for everything. I understand donating if it is a natural disaster or out of human control. But BP took shortcuts to save money and is was their fault that this happened. Maybe the CEO of BP should take that Yacht of his and put out there to skim oil or help in the recovery. At least he would be doing SOMETHING!

Will   June 21st, 2010 2:39 pm ET

This is pathetic. We are going to ask the public to "help" save the Gulf from a publicly traded company's gross ineptitude? I understand the impact on the environment, but why should the public at large be expected to help in the cleanup? If I have a tree that I neglect and a branch from it crushes a neighbors roof, should a neighbor across the street be expected to chip in for the repair? This whole mess is a shared responsibility between BP, Trans Ocean, Halliburton, etc. Let them be soley reposnsible for cleaning up the mess and if one or more of them needs to be liquidated to acheive that goal – so be it. Let us also all be reminded that nothing to date has been able to stop the flow of oil. The blowout preventer did NOT work. Why should we helpt to "bail out" the Gulf, if this same scenario can happen all over again...

jc   June 21st, 2010 2:52 pm ET

When BP has spent every last nickel it has, then come asking for my money. Until then, the company directly responsible needs to be held accountable. They need to pay, pay, pay.

Mike   June 21st, 2010 2:54 pm ET

This is ludicrous. At this point there seems to be plenty of money. What needs fixing is the pi$$-poor management of getting it to the people and organizations who deserve it.

I just shake my head in disbelief over the three ring (BP-Government-media) circus that defines this situation. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right........................

Bozo No Clown   June 21st, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Why should ANYONE donate to this charity. It is the responsibility of BP to cover all the damage. Let them.

Who is skimming the money that does not go to the victims?



Timothy   June 21st, 2010 3:30 pm ET

Well if you were a GOOD person you would donate 2 charity and make a difference for these poor dying animals and stuff but I guess you don't want to do anything and let the BP to cover all the damage while u could be helping. What the hell is wrong with you, you need some help.

Chuck   June 21st, 2010 3:05 pm ET

We need to give BP an apology? But Larry King needs to go TV and beg the American people for donations and sell his soul like Jerry Lewis. Is this going to be an annual event? Should we give BP an annual apology?

Kathy L   June 21st, 2010 3:09 pm ET


and where are all the athletes that make a gozillion dollars yet can speak a proper sentence? WHERE IS HOLLYWOOD?? you'll not get my $$$ at the theater. greedy smuts.

Bobbo   June 21st, 2010 3:12 pm ET

My first reaction was: This is lame! BP and the people involved in that oil well are to blame, The agencies that monitors them SHOULD BE on the hook too. At least they hold some culpability for this disaster. They should pay, not the citizens out of their own earnings!!! We are forced to use oil to the extent we do by these conglomerates that hold enough wealth to clean it all up properly and still make billions! We're being raped by the oil company and by our own government. So... Do i feel like giving money to these great causes because any of these celebrities say it's the right thing to do?? NO! BP AND THE OIL COMPANIES HAVE TO BUCK UP! AND CLEAN IT UP!

Amy Bostic   June 21st, 2010 3:14 pm ET

I agree BP should pay, but somebody has to get money to these people NOW! Obama and BP have to muddle through all the political paperwork and redtape before anyone will get anything.

Jen C.   June 21st, 2010 3:20 pm ET

Wow. I am truly saddened to live in a world with so many self-serving people. Your apathy is truly astounding.

marty   June 21st, 2010 3:21 pm ET

I am curious about how United Way plans to disburse this money. They have never been a direct aid agency and don't have any infrastructure for this type of casework. How does one apply for funds through United Way? What guidelines will they use to determine who get help? This is complicated for agencies who have done this for years or even the government. I would think twice before donating my money to United Way for something in which they have no expertise.

Pete   June 21st, 2010 3:21 pm ET

Any and all funds should be provided by BP! Are you kidding me??

Timothy   June 21st, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Hello, I think that what Larry king is doing is great!!

Janet J   June 21st, 2010 3:26 pm ET

My family and I plan on watching the telethon this evening. I would like to mention that Ian Somerhalder was the first celebrity to step forward and mention a telethon. Ian also filmed a PSA for Louisiana to raise awareness. Will Ian be co-hosting the event? While we can appreciate the other stars participating in the telethon we do look forward to someone mentioning that it was Ian Somerhalder's initial idea for a telethon in the first place. A special thanks to Ian for his efforts and commitment.

Lori on the coast - mississippi   June 21st, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Let the first person who has never driven or ridden in a car or received anything transported by an 18-wheeler speak out against helping the people of the Gulf Coast. The economy is collapsing down here due to this tragedy. Everyone from retail to medical to everything in-between is adversely affected and many will not be able to pay their bills. We have a right to protect America's resources – our coastline. BP will probably not deem a nurse who just lost her job because of the blow to our economy as a legitimate claim.
What is wrong with you negative people? Riding around in your cars blaming, blaming..
Would you feel the same way if oil was washing up in Pebble Beach or Nantucket?
The eco-system is a whole other story for another time..

backyard   June 21st, 2010 3:29 pm ET

I think it is commendable that Larry King and celebrities are doing this fundraiser. I am directly affected by this oil spill as I live in Panama City, FL. I think it is a shame that people would question the motives of Larry King and crew. If this happened in YOUR backyard perhaps you wouldn't be so quick to judge. I am sure that the money raised will be given out appropriately, at this point something is better than nothing. YES, BP shouild be handeling everything but they aren't, so I would like to thank all those participating and to those who willl donate to raise money and awareness to the devestation and destruction of the Gulf Coast.

Lori on the coast - mississippi   June 21st, 2010 3:30 pm ET

This is not our oil- it is YOUR oil – everyone's oil. But we are destroyed by it's effects. The problems are deep and obscure and charities will need to help the people affected by the tragic blow to the economy due to the blowout of the well.

Andaz   June 21st, 2010 3:30 pm ET

Huhhh??? This catastrophe was caused by BRITISH PETROLEUM, not one penny should be coming from the people of America. BP needs to fund every rescue, relief operation in the Gulf.

James   June 21st, 2010 3:30 pm ET

My heart goes out to the people of Louisiana but I can't find the justice in giving money towards this. As I see it, every dollar given is a dollar is a dollar less that they can justify saving. They rip the US off every day at the pump. LET THEM GIVE BACK plus some to the hard working people whose lives they have affected. Those vp's of BP should accept no bonus for years to come for the tragedy they caused by not putting a disaster recovery plan in affect. BP and EXXON should have been sued for not have an emergency plan for situations like this. God knows it's not because they don't have the money to do it!

Ridiculous   June 21st, 2010 3:34 pm ET

I think this is absolutely ridiculous.. BP is solely responsible.. Anyone contributing to this cause is a complete idiot.

Daniel Little   June 21st, 2010 3:36 pm ET

Okay, I'm confused. Why is anything being done which will lesson the amount that BP must pay? Isn't there some other diasaster or charity which the President of the US has not said outright that a corporation will pay every penny for, that your energies could be directed to?

I hate to think that this is a pathetic attempt at publicity for these 'stars' to cash in on this disaster but in light of BP's financial responsibility for the Gulf, I'm afraid that it certainly looks that way.

Zhanna MOTORINA   June 21st, 2010 3:39 pm ET

This problem really touches the hearts of all people, and now see who is really going through and trying to help the world, the earth and all living things, if not them, it will not be us soon, we must gather all our strength and all our desire to help or for whom no hope, but we do! Forward! because they – are WE !!!!!!

Rebecca   June 21st, 2010 3:40 pm ET

The Solar 500 Plan

Put solar pannels on 500 (500 ft long) poultry houses in south MS.
Sell the electricity to power companies for 10% less than they can produce it from oil.
Put the money earned into a fund and add a new house as soon as possible. Then you have some the sun payed for.
As the number of houses gets larger the number of houses should grow faster.
Once all the poultry and pig farms in the country are done start on the other commercial buildings. Then do the homes. Then convert the cars to electric.

Barbara DeGraw   June 21st, 2010 3:41 pm ET

While I fully support raising public awareness of the devestation to the Gulf, fundraising for clean-up??? Excuuuuse me??? BP is supposed to cover ALL costs of the clean-up. The Nature conservancy is business partners with BP. Shouldn't they be shifting funds to their clean-up operations anyway? Why should the private ...sector have to pay or donate anything for clean-up???? i'm just sayin'...people need to know about the cozy relationship between The nature Conservancy and BP.

gerald Jolly   June 21st, 2010 3:43 pm ET

@ Christine

The thing that you and all those that think they should donate as much as they can to help the situation in the gulf.

Please consider this.

For every dollar that is collected from kind and caring persons, it becomes one dollar less that the real CULPRIT B.P. wont have to pay.

Please explain the MATH on that.

Don Regan   June 21st, 2010 3:43 pm ET

Amazing that we can create machines that drill miles into the earth and rockets that can take us into space and tiny cell phones that let us talk to people on the other side of the planet, but we can't plug a hole.
The Gulf coast was our gem, our oasis. Now, because of a few individuals and politicians who blanket some truths, we won't experience that Gulf Coast again in our lifetimes. Because of a few people who thought that drilling first and think later was acceptable.
This is not acceptable. This is criminal. I say get the hole plugged, then deal with the regulators and BP executives.

gerald Jolly   June 21st, 2010 3:45 pm ET

Consider this folks.

How much is B.P. or it's subsidieries paying CNN to put on this charitable donations program on LKL???


Joseph   June 21st, 2010 3:45 pm ET


Tayla Andre   June 21st, 2010 3:49 pm ET

Absolutely not!!! There is no reason why any United States Citizen should have to use their hard earned money for this non-sense! Shaking My Head in fury!! BP should have $50 Billion fund or greater. Why are we ok with $20 Billion dollars? They made more than that in the first quarter of this year. Come on someone has to have some sense! Waste your money if you want to! Raising money is not what needs to be done, having a special and educating our American ignorance to the truth behind the matter is more important. Where are our priorities?

Scott   June 21st, 2010 3:54 pm ET

This is absurd. Why is CNN holding a telethon to support people when the fourth largest corporation on Earth is responsible for their losses.

How many birds could have been saved with the money BP spent to fly Tony Hayward home on a private jet to attend a yacht race?

jplummer   June 21st, 2010 3:56 pm ET

BP should pay oil collectors twice the going rate for a barrel regardless if it is delivered in a resonably useful form. You would be surprised how inventive people would become if they can get paid for their efforts. A flat rate offers no incentive to work harder. Who knows there may be some millionares made if they can get paid.

Carol   June 21st, 2010 4:01 pm ET

I just returned from a long weekend in Gulf Shores. Every day I went out with a bag and walked on the beach and picked up tar balls. It's not my job and I was there on vacation but I love the beach and I felt like I was making some contribution however small. Even though there are still many tar balls there, every one that I picked up is one less that will wash up on the sand and cause more problems. I encourage visitors to return to the area. The businesses are really struggling right now and desperately need your business. There was no oil in the water and no odor. The tarballs are in the water and some on the beach but they are of a fairly hard consistency and won't stick to your skin.

William E M   June 21st, 2010 4:30 pm ET

This is good, but wrong. I would donate, but do not believe it's the right thing to do unless BP matches all donations. It's the only fair thing to do! BP made this mess, they are responsible for it. Should there be $100,000 donated to various organizations along the coast, BP should match those funds so that after this is over those organizations can use the money to further their causes outside the realm of this disaster. If this was a natural disaster, I would be right up with the rest of the folks writing a check...but here I need to draw a line. For the record, I am affected by this, and am watching others in my area affected directly.

Eric   June 21st, 2010 4:34 pm ET

Their should be no need for donations. BP should be 100% Responsible for all costs associated with cleanup. Shame on them!!!

Kent Shade   June 21st, 2010 4:35 pm ET

Suggesting a compromise ; Allow BP to offer to reimburse any person who donates on the Telethon tonight. Tony Hayward could build some much-needed credibility, and he could promise the reimbursements would be in addition to the BP escrow payouts. CNN would not be criticized for doing the Telethon, thus providig a win win win fo every person involved.

Starstruck   June 21st, 2010 4:44 pm ET

Oh good, more free publicity for the media hounds and D listers. How altruistic for them to commit so much of their valuable time to the latest cause. How many of them are stroking a check!?

Emily   June 21st, 2010 4:45 pm ET

I was shocked to see the results for the poll on the CNN website, asking if people would donate time or money to the Gulf. When I last looked, 49% said they would not give either. WOW...
I live in British Columbia, Canada and plan on donating.. thank you for making an credible outlet available.
Regardless of whether BP should pay, the residents of the Gulf area are desparate for help and this telethon seems to be the only way to demonstrate my heart felt need to help.

LB Colorado   June 21st, 2010 4:46 pm ET

This is not something I am willing to pay for or help fix, It is BP and all of the other mobster gang. You did it, you pay for it. I think each and every business effected by this should receive $ 1M for this and BP should be shut down indefinitely and we the american people should not have to pay ONE RED CENT for their negligence and greed. It is all about the money – so pay the piper. Pay it now or pay it later, either way it is your fault due to greed. For the ones that died, a minimum of 2M each, along with fully paid scholarships for all of the children. THROUGH THE NOSE ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED. Or you can let them live in Louisiana and let try to make a living in the "shrimping" industry – see how they like that.

Discussed In Ga   June 21st, 2010 4:54 pm ET

By conducting a Telethon for the Disaster in the Gulf slightly gets BP off the hook. We the people of this counrty are not holding them responsible to the highest degree. The star studed cast who be performing and donating to this cause are only flaunting their millions.
Where was the telethon for the people who lost everything from the Berney Madoff Ponzi Schem?

backyard   June 21st, 2010 4:56 pm ET

Yes, BP should pay, however, it will not happen overnight, they have police protection at their claim's office for heaven's sake. Do I feel like you must donate? No, but please do not disrespect those trying to make a difference. Again, please do not judge, if this situation was in YOUR backyard I would highly doubt you would turn down any sort of help.

Jason   June 21st, 2010 4:56 pm ET

This is complete BS!!!!! I just watched CNN on TV. When answering a question from a viewer: "why should we donate money if BP is supposed to be paying for everyting?", CNN replied "We should all do our part to help", and "because of the immediate need for relief money". If a TRILLION dollar company like BP can't get funds to the people IMMEDIATELY, then how the *^@&* are they gonna get OUR money to them IMMEDIATELY???

People want to help, they want to WORK, and get payed for helping to clean up the oil spill, but BP and our Government can't seem to even make that happen. Who is gonna be in charge of the money anyway? Did they ever find the $325 million dollars in donations to the Red Cross that was supposedly "lost" after Katrina!?

Gulliver   June 21st, 2010 4:57 pm ET

can't find my comment!

JT   June 21st, 2010 4:57 pm ET

Are we living in one giant movie? Or is this all a reality show? Nothing makes sense anymore and nobody is questioning it.

REH ks   June 21st, 2010 4:57 pm ET

Why would ANYONE DONATE money to help? Isnt BP the one who should pay every single cent of anything associated to this DISASTER? Total BS!!

Dan chipman   June 21st, 2010 5:03 pm ET

Please explain to me why you think coast needs any money when the govenor is screaming drill baby drill and BP already gets enough money from the U.S. gov. . Untill they learn they do not need my help or my money. Next week there could be a brand new disaster on the gulf and they will beg for more. Drill baby drill. NO SOCIALISM they have to learn what capitalism is all about. Pay up BP and MR. Jindal.

2cents   June 21st, 2010 5:27 pm ET

The problem with donating is by the time all the money, good will, etc go thru those filters called (Greed, Corruption, Waste, Mismanagement, and Delay) there is very little left for its intended purpose. Remember the Disaster Katrina, and the way the Bush Administration handled that. The famous quote, “You’re doing a great job Brownie”, as dead people were floating by.

Will   June 21st, 2010 5:37 pm ET

I thought BP was supposed to be paying for the cleanup and restoration of the gulf. With that in mind, doesn't that make the need for a telethon obsolete? It should!

gerald Jolly   June 21st, 2010 5:39 pm ET

This is not about "NOT CARING"

It's about being "SICK AND TIRED" of being played like a cheap guitar, and having intelligent folks laugh at you for your stupidity.

Will   June 21st, 2010 5:41 pm ET

CNN should be ashamed of themselves for going to the American people in this manner asking for money. BP is responsible for this disaster and the cleanup. Most Americans are struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck and you have the audacity to ask them for donations! It boggles the mind. Maybe you should hit up Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, those morons are looking for places to drop cash. We Americans aren't.

gerald Jolly   June 21st, 2010 5:42 pm ET

Once again.

A simple question deserves a simple answer.

How much is B.P. paying CNN for broadcasting the 2 hour long telethon.

Tejna   June 21st, 2010 5:42 pm ET

Well done to Larry King! And To all the celebs how are gonna come out, BIG shout out to Ian Somerhalder who has been trying to create awareness about the oilspill for a really long time now!! At last someone, somewhere is doing something!!!

Michelle Coleman   June 21st, 2010 5:51 pm ET

I want to thank CNN's Larry King and all the thespians that are uniting to help raise funds for the much needed help for our Gulf Coast. Through all the tears that I have cried over the innocent animals affected by this tragedy I actually smiled for the first time in over 50 days because of the Gulf Coast Relief Telethon that you have all put together. I also wanted to you to know that I feel very strongly about this as I live in Pensacola, Florida and have seen the tarballs and the birds with oil on them. I can't thank the thespians enough who come out tonight to do this telethon.

JSElwood   June 21st, 2010 5:55 pm ET

Well, If these people were making "all" that money that they claim they are now losing, why didn't they save any for a rainy (or oily) day? I work hard for my money and I have enough to pay my bills (after Uncle Sugar pockets 30% of my earnings). Perhaps the government can just put a moratorium on all expenses incurred on the "Gulf" people until BP comes through with the money they have promised (like we can trust them!). When I was laid off in Minnesota I sold my house and moved to a good job in Oregon. When that one turned south I moved to Oklahoma.
These people can relocate too until that cesspool of a gulf is cleaned up. (wasn't that great before the spill). I know this will ruffle some oily feathers but I am getting sick of this "poor me" stuff all the time.

jim   June 21st, 2010 6:01 pm ET

Not one cent!!! BP needs to pay the whole bill. If you can help a friend fine, but who needs the United Way bureaucrats to skim 10 or 20 percent? Skim the oil, not the public. This is not Katrina. A company caused this.

irene levy   June 21st, 2010 6:04 pm ET

This is a desperate situation that is going to affect us all. We can't penalize the people in the gulf and not help because big oil is supposed to pay. They need our help now. Whatever you can give. Generosity is always comes back to you when you give to someone else. Help our fellow Americans. Give as little or as much as you can.

Jim   June 21st, 2010 6:08 pm ET

Why are we having a telethon? BP should be covering all the costs here- this isn't something caused by Mother Nature, it was caused by negligence on the part of big oil.

I can tell you one thing- I won't be giving any money whatsoever to this telethon. BP has plenty of money to cover all the expenses, and then some.

irene levy   June 21st, 2010 6:13 pm ET

What's with all the sarcasm and bad will. These are fellow American citizens and innocent wildlife, they need help now! Think about this, if it were you you would probably feel really bad that people said the hell with you because the oil company is supposed to pay. Whatever you give you get back in return. Have some compassion and maybe when you are at a really low point in your life someone will give you a helping hand.

HR   June 21st, 2010 6:14 pm ET

Why – Why? in the name of you know who is Larry having a telethon for the Gulf Coast – BP has billions and billions and now Larry thinks Americans should open their pockets???? Obama has us all about broke, nearly every American is hurting, Obama gave Hamas 400 million, hundreds of thousands of our veterans walk the streets homeless looking for their next meal and Larry thinks we should help BP pay for their criminal act in the Gulf – This country has gone totally nuts!!!!!
Wake up America while we still have an America!

Zhanna MOTORINA   June 21st, 2010 6:15 pm ET

people, you do not understand! who can help them! they need our help! Government only knows how to talk! we need to take matters into your own hands! or it is too late!because they are the same creatures as we are!everything depends on us now! The richer people are, the being greedy!

dcritters   June 21st, 2010 6:18 pm ET

As sad and as heartbreaking as this disaster is, appealing to the public to fund any portion wether cleanup or otherwise is ridiculous and wrong. A private company caused this, they should be funding/hiring these agencies to cleanup, as well as paying for the livelihoods ruined. More pressure needs to be put on BP to pony up the funds instead of just stating what they plan on doing. Our lawmakers need to be filing criminal charges and seizing assets, not talking in front of cameras. While these charities do admirable work, I won't donate to clean up the mess BP caused.

Stuart   June 21st, 2010 6:23 pm ET

Payment should be taken out of the hides of the administrative and congressional leadership of our country. The Arizona approach to decision-making is the only viable way.

Carlos   June 21st, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Are you F***n serious why are we paying for BP's mistake and disregard for safety....This is absoluetly insane...anyone who chooses to be a part of this telethon is just as crazy when your going to spend your hard earned money on a tragedy that was caused by a billionaire oil company...I may not be a genius but i know stupid when i see it. Let BP clean up the mess and if they dont then the goverment should force them...let me ask you if I go poison a lake is Larry King going to have a telethon for me so I dont have to clean it up or pay for it???...Thought So.

FrustratedInFlorida   June 21st, 2010 6:35 pm ET

Let's see how much money this telethon raises. I'm certain in won't be any where near as much as we raise for these foreign countries. Why start taking care of our own now? Never have, never will.

Denny   June 21st, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Larry this is not a natural disaster like a tornado, earthequake or hurricane, with lots of deaths and distruction of our homes on the Gulf Coast, ..what it has done is taken away our means to make a living. Nothing at this time needs to be rebuilt or fixed, what we need is our resource of visitors back...if you took all the money you raised and gave away free vacations for people to visit the Gulf this would make a difference. The rebuilding of the Gulf of Mexico will need to be done, however what we need now is money from visitors to the area to be spent on lodging, boating, fun and enjoying the beautiful beaches. Please think of a way to spend the money you raise in the right way to help the needs we have today.

Demi   June 21st, 2010 6:43 pm ET

I live in Australia so wont see it televised...what facebook page can I keep updated on besides twitter does anyone know?

AZProud2Be   June 21st, 2010 6:46 pm ET

We will be paying for this when the MMS Reports surface on how involved President Obama's Mineral Mgmt Service team was or I should say how corrupt they are. The American taxpayer is going to end up paying even if President Obama is running around trying to clear/misplace documents. Plus How much is President Obama donating? He has made millions on his books etc. seems he can afford, all the golf and the baseball games, hope he pays for that extra security out of his own pocket not taz payer dine

AZProud2Be   June 21st, 2010 6:50 pm ET

Sure hope also that all the Hollywood Peeps are sending in a lot of CASH. Seems to me they are in hiding. They had lots of time though to make it known they are boycotting Arizona. Guess the Oil Disaster is just not as important of an issue.

tiredofpayingforothersmistakes   June 21st, 2010 6:52 pm ET

WTF?! A fundraiser to clean up BP's mess is ABSURD! I can guarantee you they have more money than I do! And if I remember correctly, they are the CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM! BP should be fronting the money and I'm SHOCKED they haven't already. BP is completely DISGUSTING!

johnbrown   June 21st, 2010 6:53 pm ET

I think its sad there has to be a telethon.BP should have to pay every single penny.

David   June 21st, 2010 6:57 pm ET



By 1 January 2005 over USD1.8 bn (GBP1bn) had been pledged.

Much of the $1.1 billion donated to charities to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina may be unavailable to assist those affected by Hurricane Rita because of legal limits on how the organizations can use the money. (KATRINA VICTIMS)

The results are in and the numbers are outstanding! The Haiti telethon money raised is a just over a whopping 9.4 million dollars reported Newsgone! The CBC has reported that the total amount of money that was raised for the disastrous Haiti earthquake is a total of 16 million..and counting. Just how much money did Hope for Haiti raise? We should know once all of the lines have closed and donations are counted.


BooYah   June 21st, 2010 6:57 pm ET

Larry, you take the cake. Country is in the crapper. More and more people layed off every day. Benefits beginning to end for millions of people.

Taxes are rising. Government greed is on the rampage(Chicago here).

Yet, you want me to give, give, give for throwing a bunch of punk - celebrities in my face? All of whom I could care less about?

Here's a clue. Start visiting the likes of the Gates, Trumps, Jordans and all your other star studded friends (including politicians) and getting them to open THEIR wallets to some painful sums.

Far as I am concerned BP and Laarry. This is your problem this time. Most of us average americans you are playing to can barely keep our own lives afloat at this point.

david stairs   June 21st, 2010 6:59 pm ET

I wonder how much all these 'stars' are giving?>

помощь пострадавшим!   June 21st, 2010 7:00 pm ET

Some of the comments brought me in shock, do not want to help, the account goes on life! This is your homeland and hope for BP only loss vrmeni

DWM   June 21st, 2010 7:01 pm ET

Why are we raising money for charities when BP is the responsible party under the law.
Larry you are undermining the rule of law and taking advantage of donors who don't understand the Oil Spill Act.

AMC   June 21st, 2010 7:03 pm ET

I'm sorry, why are we being asked to pay for this disaster? I, like many Americans, am living paycheck to paycheck. I don't think the executives at BP are struggling like we are. BP should pay, and pay dearly. I live on the Gulf Coast, and will likely be very afftected by this tragedy, but I can't pay for the clean up. Why doesn't Larry and CNN host a benefit for Americans who can't afford to feed their families or themselves? Oh wait, I know, it's because those people can't afford the internet or cable so therefore they don't exist.........

Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 7:07 pm ET

The American Taxpayers stand to lose 190 BILLION dollars in this SINGLE Oil Spill thru lost jobs, lost industry and lost tourism. And these Republican wing-nuts are screaming to Drill baby drill which invariably leads to Spill baby spill. The question is not 'IF', it is only a question of 'WHEN' the next horrific toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic spill of crude Oil occurs.

Ethanol production is on-tap to produce more immediately usable fuel than that created from the crude Oil America purchases from Saudi Arabia! Every gallon of Ethanol directly replaces a full 6 gallons of crude Oil. President Obama should immediately remove the crass, callous and heavy handed tariff on Brazil's Ethanol exports and immediately purchase as much Ethanol from Brazil as Brazil is willing to sell to America.

Crude Oil Spills = Ecocide, there is no positive spin on that. Toxic to breathe, Toxic to eat, Toxic to swim in, Toxic to your skin. Toxic to aquatic life, Toxic to mammals, Toxic to birds, Toxic to the water table.

If these 'Gulf Keepers' and Environmental Keepers of the Gulf of Mexico want to actually 'save' the Dead and Dieing Gulf of Mexico region, they would in Force, Demand a Moratorium to Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no safe Oil Well in the Ocean, there is no impossibility of another enormous Oil Spill. The Only question is 'WHEN' the next immense Oil Spill is going to occur.

Jeremy Deck   June 21st, 2010 7:10 pm ET

I am barely able to pay for food. I have nothing to my name and yet BP still remains a viable company with profits to share. THEY ARE FILTHY RICH, AMERICA IS POOR,

Is Larry King out of his mind? This is a joke. I seriously don't get it. Why isn't the U.S. government taking control of BP and it's assets?

Shannon   June 21st, 2010 7:18 pm ET

After reading many of the posts on this, I am embarassed to realize that THIS is what America is reduced to. Yes, BP should pay the bill, but they wont. And the government wont make them. Money is needed to fund the cleanup. After constant comments like Tony 'Wanting his life back' do you really expect BP to follow through with the funding and entire cleanup effort? I, personally, do not.

And the constant remarks about the economy being down the tubes... EVERY one of you are sitting on a lap-top, on the internet, probably sitting in a cafe sipping a $5 cup of coffee. You can afford those luxuries but you can't afford a few dollars to aid the cleanup and possibly save entire species from going extinct? How selfish.

If you're not going to help the effort, what point is there for you to sit on you butt complaining about the situation. The entire thing sucks, but those of you who complain about the situation AND the possible solutions are a waste of space and should turn off your computer and go back to your jobs to make your precious money that you are so unwilling to part with in a time of crisis.

Shannon   June 21st, 2010 7:21 pm ET

Oh, and the remarks about celebrities that are just doing this to make themselves look good. Shame on you. You do not know them as much as they don't know you. You have no idea if they're doing this for a personal agenda or because they do have a heart UNLIKE you. At least they're getting off their butts, trying to raise awareness and helping to solve the problem, UNLIKE you. Agenda or not, no one has the right to critisize a good deed. And none of you have the right to pin why you think any of them are doing it in the first place.

John   June 21st, 2010 7:25 pm ET

This fundraiser is "bleeding heart" with no brains. The only entities that should be paying for any cleanup related to the oil spill are the companies involved with the oil rig and well. Please think about that before you help BP out by paying money to this fundraiser.

Jenny V   June 21st, 2010 7:28 pm ET

I am so saddened and heartbroken and mostly FURIOUS at the BP!! This is all their fault and now families, economy and thousands of wildlife are suffering. They need to be severly ppunished with ounitive damages and be criminally and civilly charged. The governmetn better not stop short of that. In the meantime, America must come together and raise monies to help everyone in need.

DF   June 21st, 2010 7:29 pm ET

I feel for the people and the wildlife in the Gulf but I thought bill is being paid for by BP??? This is nothing more than a ratings sideshow by CNN and is very irresponsible of them.
Wanna give to the oil spill, buy BP stock. As sad as that sounds

NetNinja   June 21st, 2010 8:10 pm ET

UH, no! BP should be paying for every single thing. I am sorry but I won't be giving my money to this cause

Anand Gandhi   June 21st, 2010 8:43 pm ET

Excuse me where is Tony Hayword, can someone tell me if he will be one of the guests? I will donate some money if I can say a few choice words to him. I dont understand how it takes TIME for BP money to filter down to the ones in need. Actually, filter is a great word for this. It means that people in the adminsitration and beauracrats will get the BP money not those in need.

Stevearino   June 21st, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Thank you CNN, Larry King and all the celebrities for hosting this show for this vitally important cause. You are doing a fantastic job! It's just ashamed that it's 60 days later, and oil continues to gush from the bottom of the ocean, with no end till August the earliest. BP took shortcuts, was driven by profits, and as a result are ruining our environment and people's livelihoods for decades to come.
Aside from donating, I pledge to NEVER buy a penny of BP gas, Castrol oil, or any BP product. This will send a sign to other oil companies to be safe and conscientious with their drilling efforts otherwise it will affect their bottom line. Money seems to be the only thing they are concerned with anyway.

debbie   June 21st, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Ya know...I understand that BP should foot the bill...BUT, I am no so cynical to think there is not something we can ALL do for our 'family' living in the affected area...we are ALL "family" – the 'human family', and what we can do in addition to what BP MUST to help "NOW"...BP will (unfortunately) take their greedy conglomerate time to help...but this is something WE can do to get help faster for those who need us – our 'family'.

In addition, our 'family' includes the wildlife that was caught in this mess..and all they were doing is trying to dive for their 'usual meal', only to be bombarded by the "GASH" in "our" oceanfloor! In essence there's been a 'major artery of life' breached by greed, and hemorraging into what could 'kill us' – ALL of us, humans and wildlife. When I saw the pictures of the pelicans...just trying to get a "breath" of fresh air...and some...couldn't! I've written my President, now...and when he took office...AND, I heard back from him. He is trying, and so must we...NOW!

Here's a trivial 'challenge',,,but relative...anybody who liked Julia Roberts in "The Pelican Brief"...act NOW!

b me   June 21st, 2010 10:34 pm ET

i missed the show its so sad wats happenin in the golf by i feel that B p SHOULD DO THE whole cleaning AND I WAS EXCITED TO HERE THAT JUSTIN BIEBER WAS GOING TO BE INVOLVED I♥JUSTIN BIEBER

Mark Fanberg   June 21st, 2010 10:35 pm ET

FEMA is already in the Gulf region and ready to evacuate up to 40 Million people,its THE END OF THE WORLD as we know it

Gail Ercoli   June 21st, 2010 11:30 pm ET

It is very disheartening to read the majority of the comments. If you don't want to donate, you don't have to, but there is no need to be so nasty. People have been devastated financially by this disaster. Larry King , CNN and the celebrity volunteers are trying to help and all you want to do is be insulting. Shame on you! Well, Larry, this is proof again of the old saying,"No good deed goes unpunished."

Andrew Hayes   June 22nd, 2010 12:26 am ET

Like to thank LKL for all the wonderful interview over the years. With the benefit tonight, we continue to bring forth this tragic disaster. AC does a great job of keeping a foot up BPs backdoor. Seeing as CEO Tony & his crew, seems to think they are going to get away from their responsible to this mess his company has created.
It's not so funny, but, a few week ago I talked about how BPs was not going to come right out, and tell exactly how much oil was spewing from this well. They first, needed to protect their brand. I'm sure, they thought that they would have it under control before anyone could calculate. Now that we find out, that BP, in fact had a worse scenario figure on hand, within the 1st week. We know now that they were more interested in CAPTURING (siphoning) what oil they could, instead of actually plugging/stopping the leak.
I tell you, this planet will only take so much abuse, as would anything, before enough is enough!
Our greed and ignorance is catching up to us. And our childrens children will not have a decent planet to survive on.

Thank LKL/AC

leah alley english   June 22nd, 2010 12:57 am ET

Fires to the North
fires to the West
oil gushing into the gulf
piped straight in from the very depths of hell.
The ice is melting
the fish are dying
families weeping babies crying
starving people on the street
little children with nothing to eat.
Tornado's twirling
volcano's boiling
the earth is shaking
under our feet.
Cracks of thunder
sliding mud
birds covered in oil
money covered in blood.
Dolphins drowning
turtles burning
toxic gas bombs fill the air.
everything is dying the whole world is crying
war is on the horizon i see it plain as day
Mother Nature is pissed
and we are in her way.

Tessa   June 22nd, 2010 1:09 am ET

I may not have a lot but when a disaster like this strikes I won't just turn my back. Yes it is BP's fault but they have been lying since day one and have done virtually nothing to keep this destruction to a minimum. But they aren't releasing the money that is needed now. Lovely to see the BP head out enjoying the yacht on a so far unpolluted by BP ocean while the gulf lies in devastation.

Glad to see the telethon was a success, I'm glad I was able to donate. How sad to read so many hateful comments. Sadly a lot of ignorance, self righteousness, greed and apathy rule this beautiful world. But those aside thanks to those who organized, took part and those who did donate and everyone who gives a damn about this beautiful environment.

Bernadette   June 22nd, 2010 12:12 pm ET

I'm curious – what were the fundraising results from last night's telethon????

The Nature Conservancy has nothing on its website about the telethon. National Wildlife Federation only has the announcement about the telethon.

How much was actually raised here, and how will it be used? This information should be prominently featured here, and the charity groups' site. How much goes to each group involved (UW, NC, NWF), and what will they be doing with it, specifically??

jacqueline taylor   June 22nd, 2010 3:00 pm ET

i watched up untill i saw they raised close to 1 million...does anyone know the exact amount they raised? i hope lots more:-)

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