December 15, 2008 01:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Recently some changes have been posted for season 8 of American Idol and one of the items being cut this season is the ever popluar, Idol Gives Back! The charity centered episode is reportedly being cut because of the ongoing economic crisis and recession.
The New York Post reported that industry insiders said that American Idol officials didn’t want to ask people to donate money when the economy in such dire straights and with unemployment rates continuing to rise.
Idol Gives Back has raised over $130 million dollars in the past two seasons of the show for various charitable causes in the U.S. and in Africa. The episode featured big named celebrities including Kelly Clarkson, Brad Pitt, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrusand even Barack Obama!
There are no reports whether Idol Gives Back will return next season. A spokesperson forAmerican Idol has no comment on the Post’s story.
Season 8 of American Idol premieres Tuesday January 13, at 8 PM ET on FOX.
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