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Talk Show Hosts Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

By November 11, 2012

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It's been a little more than a week since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast and slammed residents of New Jersey and New York. The storm sent home audiences and cancelled most talk shows based in the city, including Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. Even Jimmy Kimmel Live! which planned to spend the week in New York taping shows. (It cancelled one of it's planned tapings.)

But more than a few talk show hosts reached out to help victims, including:

  • Rachael Ray, who donated $500,000 to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help both unadopted pets and families with pets dealing with the after affects of the storm. And Nutrish, her pet food brand, shipped more than 4 tons of wet and dry dog food to the effected area. And her Yum-o! organization donated $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank of New York City.
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz took a camera crew to storm ravaged Staten Island to document the struggles of its citizens post-storm. He also brought along Richie Byrne, The Dr. Oz Show's warm-up comic, to help host a benefit comedy show to raise funds for the Project Hospitality State Island Hurricane Relief Fund. All proceeds from the show will benefit the fund.


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