Celebrities such as Larry Miller and Paul Rodriguez have launched a protest about the Muscular Dystrophy Association dropping Jerry Lewis after he hosted the annual telethon for more than 40 years. Along with fellow comedians Tom Dreesen and Norm Crosby, they voiced their complaints during a press conference at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory last Friday. Lewis, 85, had announced he would host the televised telethon for the last time this year, but before he could do so, MDA promptly dumped him in a press release. Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada has drafted a petition, which has already garnered more than 10,000 signatures. It asks the MDA to publicly honor Lewis at this year’s telethon for all he’s done in the fight against muscular dystrophy. “We don’t want to boycott the charity of the kids…. but they didn’t have to be coldhearted,” Masada said. Crosby added, “Whether the time had come for Jerry to bow out is debatable, but that’s between [Jerry and the MDA].” However, he believes the MDA should have handled the situation more gracefully, suggesting, “This year should have been a final tribute to Jerry. It should have been a chance for him to say goodbye to everybody, to thank them and to bow out gracefully.” The New York Friar’s Club is also perplexed by the seemingly cold-hearted move. “What they did seems so cold after all this man has done for the MDA,” Friars Dean Freddie Roman told The New York Daily News. “It makes no sense… He hasn’t raised millions — he’s raised billions.” This year’s MDA telethon airs September 4th.