'American Idol' may ax its charity after 2 years

NEW YORK (AP) - December 12, 2008 The Fox network's Jill Hudson isn't commenting on a report from an "Idol" fan Web site that the annual "Idol Gives Back" charity event has been canceled.

Earlier this week, mjsbigblog.com quoted from what it said was an internal Fox memo declaring, "there will be no Idol Gives Back."

The star-studded special has aired for two years, soliciting donations to benefit impoverished children in the United States and Africa. Last April's broadcast raised more than $64 million and boasted a lineup including Bono, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood.

The "Idol" singing competition series returns for a new round Jan. 20.

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