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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
UK joins global charity telethon
Brad Pitt
Pitt: Will take donations for the September 11th Fund
The BBC and ITV1 will join thousands of TV and radio stations around the world to broadcast Friday's star-studded telethon that will raise money for those affected by the attacks on America.

Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are among the A-list names who are due to appear, while Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan and Jack Nicholson will answer phone calls and take donations from the public.

Actors who will take part
Jim Carrey
Tom Cruise
George Clooney
Cameron Diaz
Robert De Niro
Clint Eastwood
Calista Flockhart
Kelsey Grammer
Julia Roberts
Tom Hanks
Will Smith
Robin Williams
Brad Pitt
Meg Ryan
Jack Nicholson
Adam Sandler
Goldie Hawn
Danny DeVito
Al Pacino
John Cusack
Salma Hayek
Chris Rock
Sylvester Stallone
U2, Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Sting will be among the musical attractions on the two-hour show.

America: A Tribute to Heroes is to be broadcast on more than 35 TV networks and 8,000 radio stations in the US alone, and in more than 200 countries around the globe.

Jim Carrey, who has already donated $1m (686,000), plus Robert De Niro and Will Smith will also take part in the show, which is a rare collaboration between the major US TV networks.

Troubled singer Mariah Carey is due to make her first performance since being admitted to hospital after suffering a breakdown.

Viewers will be encouraged to phone in to pledge donations during the show, with many of the biggest names in showbusiness among those answering calls. Donations can also be made through the show's website.

U2 will appear on the two-hour special
Sylvester Stallone, John Cusack, Adam Sandler, Cindy Crawford and Al Pacino have agreed to take pledges.

But talk show host Jay Leno has denied that he refused to front the event because of a rift with Conan O'Brien, another late-night host.

He said he turned the idea down because he did not like the original idea of a six-hour event.

"The network came to me two days after the tragedy pitching a six-hour telethon," he told the New York Daily News.

Musicians who will take part
Bon Jovi
Mariah Carey
Sheryl Crow
Celine Dion
Paul Simon
Bruce Springsteen
Stevie Wonder
Neil Young
Enrique Iglesias
Wyclef Jean
Billy Joel
Alicia Keys
Willie Nelson
Dixie Chicks
Faith Hill
Billy Joel
Tom Petty
"I thought it seemed too self-serving so close to the attacks and would look like Conan and Jay were trying to save the world. That's why I passed.

"We talked about it but I just wasn't comfortable with the concept. What would we have done for six hours? Go to the tote board? Answer phones? You certainly can't do a lot of comedy."

The live special will be broadcast from two studios in New York and Los Angeles, although producers are refusing to reveal the exact locations because of security fears.

It has been billed as "an unforgettable and uplifting evening filled with music, memories, hope and inspiration".

The show will be broadcast on Friday at 2100 Eastern and Pacific time, and live on BBC One at 0200 BST, to be repeated in the UK on Sunday night.

Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford will field phone calls
MTV UK & Ireland and VH1 in the UK will also join the simulcast.

The United Way's September 11th Fund will benefit from the donations.

All stars will donate their time, and the cost of the event will be covered by the TV networks.

Diana Ross and Liza Minelli will sing tributes at the New York Mets' baseball stadium on Friday night.

Minelli is due to sing New York, New York, while Ross was expected to lead a rendition of God Bless America, according to the New York Daily News.

The BBC's Tom Brook
"Top names in showbusiness have agreed to take part"
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