Kimmel, Colbert, Fallon Team Up With Lady Gaga And More For A Huge COVID-19 Fundraiser
Finally, a chance to use being stuck at home and watching an excessive amount of TV for a good cause. The three major TV networks, along with numerous streaming outlets, are broadcasting a COVID-19 fundraiser to support health care workers and local charities. One World: Together At Home is set to air Saturday, April 18.
The special, put together by the World Health Organization and Global Citizen, will be hosted by late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon. The lineup is being curated by Lady Gaga, packed with special guests.
"We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented, and cultural movement," Lady Gaga said at the WHO's Monday press conference.
Seriously, the only way they're fitting this many guests into one place is because they're not in one place, with everyone broadcasting from their own (probably huge) homes. The guests include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Coldplay's Chris Martin, David Beckham, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Idris and Sabrina Elba, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, AND MORE.
One World promises to celebrate health care workers through music, entertainment, and showing the impact of their work. The show will be broadcast on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS networks, and iHeartMedia.
And no need to fear, cord-cutters — it will also stream on numerous online platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo, YouTube, and others. Even TIDAL. You get even more online than on TV, as the online special will feature additional special guests, with performances from around the world and additional health care worker stories.
"The World Health Organization is committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic with science and public health measures, and supporting the health workers who are on the frontlines of the response," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press release. "We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music."
The money raised from supporters and corporate partners will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO. In early fundraising over the last week, the special has already raised $35 million, according to Global Citizen. The fund supports and equips health care workers with masks, gowns, and all the other stuff there are shortages of right now. They also provide funding to local charities that provide food, shelter, and health care. According to the WHO and Global Citizen, the local groups have all been verified to ensure they are helping communities affected by the coronavirus.
The special airs Saturday, April 18 at 5 p.m. Pacific. It's a continuation of a Together At Home series the WHO and Global Citizen have also been running online with livestreams including performers like Chris Martin, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, and many more. Watch Legend's Together At Home performance below (with special appearances by Chrissy Teigen):
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