Thursday, January 21, 2010

George Clooney to Donate $1 Mil on Haiti Telethon

George Clooney is going to put his money where his mouth is.

On Friday night’s telethon, sources tell me that the star of “Up in the Air” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” is planning to open the show by donating $1 million of his own money to Haiti relief.

This is in addition to, and separate from, the $1 million donation his group Not On Our Watch made last week. (Group members include Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub.)

Clooney’s rep didn’t return calls, but I’m told the plan is solid. A friend tells me that the actor is doing it to inspire others into action.

And who knows what will happen because of this? Clooney’s Hollywood pals like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio will be taking calls from donors during the two hour telethon. They may also decide to step up and make big donations. Pitt has already made a large donation with Angelina Jolie to Doctors without Borders.

Other stars who’ve made big donations to Haiti Relief in the last week include Sandra Bullock, who put in $1 million herself, and Madonna, with $250,000. John Travolta offered a plane of supplies and Scientology ministers.