A multi-network telethon in support of Hurricane Harvey victims has been announced. Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief is set to feature appearances by Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, and many more. According to the Hill, the event—which will be broadcast from Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville—was organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun.
Hand in Hand will be available to watch on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, NBC, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Sept. 12. For those on the East Coast (and those watching via YouTube and social media), the star-stacked telethon will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET. The West Coast gets the show at 8 p.m. local time on a tape delay. Proceeds will go to Feeding Texas, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Direct Relief, and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
As of last week, Trump was not invited to the proceedings. Speaking with TMZ, Bun B explained that Trump's preposterously tone-deaf response to the Charlottesville terror attack meant his solo presence wasn't needed. "Putting Trump on by himself would send the wrong message and people wouldn't buy the sincerity of it," Bun B said. "After what he did in Charlottesville, he's not a symbol of unity and it would rub people the wrong way."
On Monday, Harvey's death toll was bumped up to 63 amid continuing recovery efforts. Many of those deaths, CBS News reported, were due to residents losing control on flooded streets or being caught in quickly rising waters. The most recent recovery estimate from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott places the cost at as high as $180 billion.