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Lewis makes another anti-gay slur on TV


CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA --- Jerry Lewis made an anti-gay slur on Australian television similar to one he apologized for using on his annual telethon a year ago.

After a news conference in Sydney on Friday, Mr. Lewis, 82, was asked by a Network Ten national TV reporter for his opinion on the Australian national sport of cricket.

"Oh, cricket? It's a ... game. What are you, nuts?" Mr. Lewis replied.

The network broadcast the comment in full on its Friday evening news bulletin along with footage of Mr. Lewis handling an imaginary cricket bat with an effeminate gesture.

Mr. Lewis apologized in September 2007 for using a similar anti-gay slur in Las Vegas during his annual Labor Day telethon that raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Australian Coalition for Equality called for Mr. Lewis to apologize again.

His Australian spokeswoman, Julie Cavanagh , said he did not intend to comment.

ABC anchorwoman gets cancer courage award

BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Robin Roberts has been honored in New York for sharing her cancer treatment experience with millions of television viewers.

The co-anchorwoman of ABC's Good Morning America accepted the 2008 Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Gilda Radner Courage Award on Saturday in Buffalo.

The award is named for the late comedian and recognizes cancer patients whose public battles offer hope and raise awareness of the disease.

Ms. Roberts found out she had breast cancer in 2007.

She credited film critic Joel Siegel with making her mindful of the disease, which helped her detect her cancer early.

Her former colleague died of colon cancer in 2007.

"Because of his passion, I did it. I found out I had cancer and was able to handle it," she said.