April 7, 2008

American Idol Leaves Brad Pitt Speechless

PEOPLE reports that the crowd whet wild when Brad took the stage at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater to tape a segment for Fox’s second annual Idol Gives Back special, making talking impossible.

And after nearly 30 seconds of cheers, Pitt tried to say “thank you,” but his microphone wasn’t working.

As ‘Idol’ stage manager Debbie McVickers hurried to fix Pitt’s microphone, she joked to the crowd about the “moment,” saying, “I just needed a reason to touch him!”
Then, when a female production assistant came out to make sure the mic was affixed properly, McVickers joked again, “We need more women to touch him.”

Last year, American Idol Gives Back raised more than $75 million for domestic and international charities. This year, producer Nigel Lythgoe told the audience minutes before the taping began that he “could feel” the show would crack the $100-million mark.

In fact, the show has already exceeded that amount thanks to a $200 million pledge by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The broadcast will air Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30pm. And, trust me, you don't want to miss this!

Update: PEOPLE is reporting that in addition to hosting FOX’s Idol Gives Back special, Ryan Seacrest also handed over his paycheck for the evening.

A source close to Seacrest tells PEOPLE that he wanted to show fans that he was serious about the cause.

“When he and Simon went to Africa last year and saw the children, it was really life-altering for him,” says the source. “He just knew he had to do his part and be willing to put his money where his mouth is.”

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