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Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief
Hope for Haiti Now logo.svg
Also known asHope for Haiti Now
Created byGeorge Clooney, Wyclef Jean, Joel Gallen[1]
Developed byGeorge Clooney, Wyclef Jean, Joel Gallen and MTV Networks [1]
Directed byJoel Gallen[2]
StarringGeorge Clooney (co-host)
Anderson Cooper (co-host)
Wyclef Jean (co-host)
Country of originHaiti
United Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerGeorge Clooney[1] Joel Gallen [2]
Running time2 hours
Production companyMTV Networks
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 22, 2010 (2010-01-22)

Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief was a charity telethon held on January 22, 2010 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (January 23, 2010 from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. UTC). The telethon was the most widely distributed telethon in history.[3] The event was broadcast from Studio 36 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York and a private club, The Hospital, in London.[4][5] There were also live reports from Haiti.

Initial plans for the telethon were announced by MTV Networks on January 15, 2010, three days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake struck on January 12 that is assumed to have claimed the lives of about 200,000 people. The event was one of a number of humanitarian responses to the earthquake. Processing of the telethon's donations was in the hands of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.[6] The telethon was patterned after the form begun with the 2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes program and continued with the 2005 Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.

Funds raised by the telethon and from the sale of its album and video – immediately made available for pre-order on iTunes – are to be distributed to seven non-profit organizations doing relief work in Haiti.[6]


Funds are to be distributed to the following organizations with humanitarian operations in Haiti:[6]

Audience and proceeds raised[edit]

The event drew an estimated audience of 83 million viewers in the United States between the initial broadcast and web and mobile streams throughout the weekend.[7]

On January 23, it was reported that the telethon had raised over US$58 million, not including corporate and large private donors or sales of the album and video. The amount is a record for donations by the general public to a telethon for disaster-relief.[8] On January 25 the figure was revised to $61 million.[7]

Viewers were encouraged to donate online, calling toll-free (1-877-99-HAITI), by texting or by mail. Donations were accepted up to six months after the broadcast.[7]


Wyclef Jean hosted the concert in New York City, with George Clooney in Los Angeles and Anderson Cooper in Haiti.[9]

Rihanna revealed on January 21 that she would perform a new song titled "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)", together with Jay-Z and U2's The Edge and Bono for the telethon in London.[10]

In San Francisco, Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon appealed for donations.[11]

Appearance order[edit]

The telethon began and ended with images of victims in Haiti. Presented in a format similar to 2001's America: A Tribute to Heroes, the intervening two hours consisted of musical performances with speeches, reports from Haiti, and conversations between celebrity operators and donors calling in.

Times in the table are given from the beginning of the show (8 p.m. U.S. ET/1 a.m. UTC) and are based on the CBS airing in the US. Descriptions are mostly from the MTV blog.

Hope for Haiti Now (2010)
Time Location (type) People Description
0:00:04 Los Angeles[9] Alicia Keys[11] "Prelude to a Kiss"[11]
0:03:48 Los Angeles (live)[11] George Clooney[11] speech: introduction
0:05:13 London[9][11] Coldplay[11] "A Message 2010"[11]
0:09:17 Los Angeles[11] Halle Berry[11] speech: story[11] of Monley Elize
0:10:56 New York (live)[11] Bruce Springsteen[11] with some members of The Sessions Band[12] "We Shall Overcome"
0:13:47 (phone bank) phone bank: slow pan[11]
0:14:09 Haiti Anderson Cooper report[11]
0:16:21 Los Angeles[citation needed] Leonardo DiCaprio[11] speech: doctor's setbacks[11]
0:17:49 Los Angeles[9] Stevie Wonder[11] with choir "A Time 2 Love" / "Bridge over Troubled Water"[11]
0:21:47 New York Wyclef Jean speech: in English and Haitian Creole[11]
0:23:36 New York[9] Shakira[11] with The Roots "I'll Stand by You"
0:27:32 (phone bank) Reese Witherspoon[11] phone bank: call[11]
0:28:36 Haiti[11] Anderson Cooper report: orphanage director [11]
0:31:43 Los Angeles[9] John Legend[11] "Motherless Child"[11]
0:35:54 New York[citation needed] Jon Stewart speech: survivors from the rubble[11]
0:36:57 New York[9] Mary J. Blige[11] "Hard Times Come Again No More"[11]
0:40:55 (phone bank) Samuel L. Jackson speech: in front of phone bank[11]
0:42:01 Haiti (recorded) Ray LaMontagne photos and short clips (background song "Shelter")
0:43:39 Los Angeles Mickelson Civil [13] speech: by a Haitian citizen
0:45:12 Los Angeles[9][11] Taylor Swift[11] "Breathless" (by Better Than Ezra)[11][14]
0:49:01 Haiti ? clip: Day 1; Day 6[citation needed]
0:50:16 Los Angeles[citation needed] Nicole Kidman[11] speech: story of Jeannette and Roger
0:51:32 Los Angeles[9] Christina Aguilera[11] "Lift Me Up"[11]
0:55:17 (phone bank) Julia Roberts phone bank: call[citation needed]
0:56:26 Haiti (recorded)[11] Anderson Cooper[11] clip: streets of downtown Port-au-Prince[11]
0:58:08 (phone bank) phone bank
0:58:22 London[citation needed] Robert Pattinson[11] speech:[11] on Maxine Fallon
0:59:16 New York[9] Sting with The Roots[11] and Chris Botti on trumpet[citation needed] "Driven to Tears"[11]
1:02:58 San Francisco[11] Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood[11] speech: peacekeepers who lost their lives[11]
1:04:11 London[9][11] Beyoncé with Chris Martin on piano[11] "Halo"[11]
1:07:44 (phone bank) Steven Spielberg[11] phone bank: call with Presbyterian pastor[11]
1:10:07 Los Angeles Morgan Freeman speech: poem by Kalamu ya Salaam;[11]
1:11:17 Los Angeles[9] Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, and Keith Urban[11] "Lean on Me"[11]
1:14:54 Haiti (live)[11] Anderson Cooper[11] report: interview with teenage girl[11] (Bea) rescued the first day
1:17:03 New York (live)[11] Bill Clinton speech: special envoy/Clinton Bush Haiti Fund[11]
1:19:07 New York[9] Madonna[11] with choir "Like a Prayer"[11]
1:22:39 Los Angeles Ben Stiller speech: schools in Haiti[11]
1:24:02 Haiti (recorded) Sanjay Gupta clip: makeshift medical facilities[11]
1:25:18 Haiti (live) Sanjay Gupta with Anderson Cooper report: lack of basic antibiotics[11]
1:27:03 Los Angeles (live) Catherine Porter[citation needed] Speech: A Haitian-American woman talks about her planned adoption of 2 year old Amalia
1:28:07 Los Angeles[9] Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris featuring Charlie Sexton[11] "Hallelujah"[11]
1:32:22 (phone bank) Taylor Swift phone bank: call
1:32:51 Los Angeles (live)[11] Muhammad Ali and Chris Rock[11] speech: Chris reads message by Ali[11]
1:34:15 New York[9] Jennifer Hudson[11] with The Roots[citation needed] "Let It Be"[11]
1:38:10 Haiti (live) Anderson Cooper report: interview with boy Monley Elize and International Medical Corps nurse
1:39:50 Los Angeles (live) Brad Pitt[11] speech: intro for Haitian singer Emeline Michel[11]
1:40:31 Los Angeles[9] Emeline Michel[11] "Many Rivers to Cross"[11]
1:43:31 Los Angeles (live) Tom Hanks[11] speech: Farina L'Enjou,[citation needed] who spent 60 hours looking for his family[11]
1:45:08 London (recorded)[15] Jay-Z, Rihanna, The Edge, and Bono[11][15] "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"[10] (produced by Swizz Beatz and Declan Gaffney)[16]
1:49:35 (phone bank) Stevie Wonder phone bank: call
1:50:12 Los Angeles Julia Roberts speech: Daphne's baby
1:51:21 Los Angeles[9] Dave Matthews and Neil Young[11] "Alone and Forsaken"[11] (by Hank Williams)[citation needed]
1:54:51 Los Angeles (live) Denzel Washington[11] speech: long but possible;[11] Martin Luther King quote
1:55:39 New York[9] Wyclef Jean "Rivers of Babylon" / "Yéle"; Wyclef & Melky Jean duet[11]
1:59:50 Haiti photo

Locations of performers announced by USA Today:

Celebrity phone operators[edit]

Celebrity phone bank operators in alphabetical order (by surname):[9]



The digital album Hope for Haiti Now set a record as the largest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history, and became the top-selling iTunes album in 18 countries. The digital album has since become available at Amazon.com and Rhapsody. The album features 19 live performances from the broadcast as well as a pre-recorded version of "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" and is priced at $7.99. The full two-hour video of the event is priced at $2.99.[8][29]


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2010 Hope for Haiti Now 1 1 9 7


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2010 "A Message 2010" 88 Hope for Haiti Now
"Hallelujah" 13 5 91 46 10
"Let It Be" 98 97
"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" 16 6 41 3 6 3

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Cieply, Michael (January 22, 2010). "Within Days, a Global Benefit Takes Shape". New York Times. nytimes.com.
  3. ^ a b Knox, David (January 22, 2010). "Airdate: Hope for Haiti Now". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
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  29. ^ Video product description, Amazon.com
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