Wyclef Jean Joins George Clooney To Lead MTV’s ‘Hope For Haiti’ Telethon

Two-hour global telethon will air Friday, January 22.

[artist id="1162"]Wyclef Jean[/artist] will join George Clooney and CNN’s Anderson Cooper in hosting MTV Networks’ “Hope for Haiti,” the global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The telethon will be hosted by Clooney in Los Angeles, Jean in New York and Cooper in Haiti. All donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation.

“Hope for Haiti” will feature performances and celebrity appearances to be announced in the coming days, as well as live news reports from CNN. “Hope for Haiti” will also be made available to MTV Networks International and CNN International.

Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social-media partners to help steer viewers to the telethon and drive donations.

Yele Haiti has already raised $2 million through text-message donations, the organization announced on Friday (January 15). By texting “Yele” to 501501, mobile users can donate $5 to relief efforts. Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with relief efforts.

“This is apocalypse,” Jean said about the destruction in his home country. “We spent the day picking up dead bodies, all day that’s what we did. There’s so much bodies in the streets that the morgues are filled up, the cemeteries are filled up.”

Head here to learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see THINK mtv.