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Stephen M. Silverman
January 22, 2010 12:15 PM

Although he will be appearing via satellite from London rather than in person, Robert Pattinson will be among those joining the roster of stars for Friday’s two-hour Hope For Haiti Now television telethon organized by co-hosts George Clooney and Wyclef Jean.

Besides doing the right thing and helping victims of the earthquake-devastated Caribbean nation, the benefit – to air live from Los Angeles and New York at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, BET, The CW and HBO, among other networks – will feature arguably the largest collection of big names this side of an Oscar ceremony.

Best of all, members of the public will be able to get up close and personal – over the phone – with celebrities when they call in to make their donations.

Which begs the question:

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