Bret Michaels Slams Jerry Seinfeld: No Room For Politics When It Comes To Charity!

Thu, April 21, 2011 1:56pm EDT by 6 Comments
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After Donald Trump wrote a scathing letter to the comedian for pulling out of his son Eric’s charity golf event — Bret steps in to save the day!

Bret Michaels, 48, the Poison frontman has just agreed to take Jerry’s place at the Fifth Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational on Sept. 13 due to Jerry backing out. The funny man felt as though Donald Trump‘s bashing of President Obama has gone too far and he said he didn’t want to be associated with the potential Republican presidential candidate. But Bret, who won Donald’s Celebrity Apprentice reality show last year, has agreed to lend his support.

“Donald Trump and his family have been wonderful to me and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital is one of my favorite charities, so I’m honored to have been asked by Eric and the rest of the Trump family to be a part of this event and help raise money for such an admirable cause,” Brett says. “We should never allow the spirit of generosity to be overshadowed by divisive political beliefs — and when it comes to saving the life of a child, there is absolutely no room for political rhetoric. Regardless of political views, the only thing that should matter is the lives of these children and their families, so I’m eager to offer my assistance to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in any way that I can.”

Donald’s son Eric Trump thanked Bret for stepping in: “Bret Michaels is an amazing family friend, father, philanthropist and real American for stepping up to the plate to keep the focus where it belongs – on terminally ill children at St. Jude Research Hospital and not political views. We cannot thank him enough for performing what will undoubtedly be the concert of a lifetime this Sept. 13 at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester.”

Donald was burning mad after learning Jerry had backed out of Eric’s event.

“I just learned you canceled a show for my son’s charity because of the fact that I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader,” Trump wrote in a letter that appeared in the NY Post‘s Page Six. “We don’t care that you broke your commitment, even though the children of St. Jude are very disappointed, and despite the fact that your manager clearly stated you are ‘truly a man of his word.’ What I do feel badly about is that I agreed to do, and did, your failed show, The Marriage Ref, even though I thought it was absolutely terrible … Despite its poor ratings, I didn’t cancel on you like you canceled on my son and St. Jude. I only wish I did. You should be ashamed of yourself!”

But Jerry’s camp reveals why he felt so strongly about pulling out of the event, which is five months away.

“Jerry feels this kind of demagoguery has no place in public discourse,” his rep said in a statement. “He has respectfully withdrawn from the event, and is making a contribution both to the Eric Trump Foundation and to [St. Jude].”

— Chloe Melas

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Frank

Posted at 12:27 PM on April 28, 2011  

Seinfeld is pathetic.

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Teri

Posted at 10:56 AM on April 28, 2011  

What a terrible position Jerry Seinfeld was placed in. I applaud him for his actions, especially for ensuring that, while he could not support Trump at this time, he made a contribution himself to Eric Trump foundation and to St. Jude. He took a stand against racism, and the general divisiveness caused by Donald Trump’s unkind heart.

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shaun

Posted at 4:14 PM on December 27, 2013  

You’re a damn idiot!
What “racism” are you referring to?????
So NOBODY can disagree with Obama’s failure without being a racist????
F###ING MORON!

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goldie

Posted at 4:38 PM on April 21, 2011  

Politics at it’s best. So sad for Jerry to cancel like that, those KIDS don’t deserve that nor do they care about HIS views or that of The Donald when it comes to politics. Good for Brett to take up the cause but it makes me wonder why Jerry was asked BEFORE Brett was as The Trump family knows that for charity of any kind, Bret would happly join in!
P.S. to “me”: Eric is the baby of the Donald/Ivana family. He’s been seen before but just chose school instead of tv life.

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MK

Posted at 3:26 PM on April 21, 2011  

Jerry Seinfeld acts like a spoiled baby. Don’t like him or Obama. I agree with Trump. It’s great Bret got the gig. He’s a good man.

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me

Posted at 2:16 PM on April 21, 2011  

Jesus, how many kids does Trump have? It seems like every day I hear about a new one. Now there’s Eric, whoever that is.

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