The first-ever U.S. Red Nose Day aired on NBC on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $21 million for pre-selected charities. David Duchovny, Seth Meyers, and Jane Krakowski hosted the three hour telethon and celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, the Game of Thrones cast, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Michelle Rodriguez, Blake Shelton, Nick Offerman, and Nick Cannon took part in the special fundraising event which originated in the U.K.
The night’s musical guests included Kermit the Frog and Ed Sheeran duetting on “Rainbow Connection” and John Mellencamp joining Keith Urban on “Pink Houses.” The new winner of The Voice, Sawyer Fredericks, also took to the stage to perform “Imagine,” although his full performance was cut off by a commercial break. And the best of the night’s musical performances was a pre-recorded collaboration between Coldplay and the cast of Game of Thrones.
Since its first telecast in 1985, the U.K. Red Nose Day has brought in more than $1 billion to help children and young people in need around the world. The first U.S. Red Nose Day raised funds for 12 charities including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, National Urban League, Oxfam America, Save the Children and United Way.
-By Rebecca Murray
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