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CNN Larry King Live
Haiti: How You Can Help II
Aired January 18, 2010 - 21:00 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LARRY KING, HOST: Right on time.
We are back with hour two of "Haiti: How You Can Help." Check the bottom of the screen for ways to donate to the American Red Cross and the U.S. fund for UNICEF.
It's been six days since the earthquake struck and the situation is likely going to get worse before it gets better. There are reports tonight of 150,000 deaths as a result of the quake.
You can help -- Tweet and text with help.
Celebrities are on hand to talk to you from New York.
And here in Los Angeles, Mick Jagger is going to join us shortly; Ringo Starr, Kobe Bryant. Jennifer Lopez is here answering phones.
With me right now in Los Angeles is Ben Stiller, the actor, director and humanitarian; Benicio del Toro, the Oscar-winning actor of last year; and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilson, the Haitian American actress. Her brother-in-law was visiting Haiti when the earthquake struck.
But first, we are going to go back to our reporters in Haiti.
Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta -- they were with us to begin the first hour. They will be with us to begin the second hour -- Anderson, this goes on and on.
What -- what happened in the last hour?
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Well, the -- the last hour -- you know, there's no telling what sort of tragedies are occurring at night. You know, a lot of work is done during the day. At night, a lot of the aid workers go back to -- to where they are staying. Some try to -- you know, are able to work all night. There's a lot of logistical planning that goes on at night. But these streets kind of empty down.
Right now, there are tens of thousands of Haitians, if not more, sleeping in public parks, in open stadiums, anywhere they can. There's some people playing music behind me. It's become almost a routine.
But nothing about this should become routine, Larry. It shouldn't be routine that little kids will die tonight who don't need to die if they had some antibiotics, if there were enough doctors who were able to treat them. You know, they're turning away -- they're triaging, still. They're assessing who is -- has the greatest need, who's not even going to make it and is -- isn't even worth trying to -- trying to save at this point.
You know, there are still untold numbers of -- of bodies out there trapped in the rubble; still untold numbers of people, of families that have no idea what has happened to their loved ones. Every day, there is some new, mundane horror that -- that just seems to -- to -- to go on and on.
KING: Dr. Gupta, you've to -- you've told us often in the past week that you are first a doctor and then a reporter. And you were a doctor earlier today, when you did brain surgery on a -- on a young lady.
Do you -- do you have that sense, first, when you come upon the scene, are you first a doctor?
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: (INAUDIBLE).
KING: All right. I'm sorry. We're having difficulty with the signal.
We'll get back to you later, Sanjay.
Let's talk to our three assembled guests here on the panel. We were going to go to them in a little while, but let's do them right now.
Ben, you're working on a film right now. You've come running over here.
But you're very tied to Haiti, aren't you?
BEN STILLER: Well, I just had the opportunity to go down there for the first time in July. And, you know, and I was just sort of amazed at the culture and the vibrancy of the country in juxtaposition with this incredible poverty there. And then, you know, I got to see some programs that Save The Children was doing. And we found a school that we wanted to work on expanding and making self-sustaining so that more kids could go there and learn. So we started this program to, you know, get this school going. So that's (INAUDIBLE)...
KING: That hotel you stayed at was destroyed...
KING: The Montana, right?
STILLER: Yes. And I -- I learned that one of the schools that we visited in Cite Soleil was pretty much destroyed, too, so.
KING: It's sad.
Benicio, it's so good to meet you, finally have you on this program.
Our congratulations on your Academy Award.
You're wearing your Red Cross button?
BENICIO DEL TORO: Yes. Yes. It was -- I was answering the phone upstairs and -- and doing what we can.
KING: How has this affected you?
DEL TORO: Well, I, first of all, was born in Puerto Rico, which is the Caribbean. And -- and, second, of all, I live in Los Angeles, so I've experienced big earthquakes. And the minute it came on the news, on CNN, I -- I watched a show with you and Ben. And so I called Ben and I said, "Ben, let me know how I can help."
And Ben just pointed the way here to come and answer the phone for the American Red Cross and UNICEF and...
KING: So Ben booked you?
DEL TORO: Yes, he did.
STILLER: Yes. And I...
STILLER: I don't really know Benicio that well, but I was really moved that -- that he just called me out of the blue and said, "What can I do to help?"
And, you know, I think -- I've gotten a lot of that. You know, I think everybody wants to do something, anything.
KING: And, Garcelle, I understand you spoke to someone right before coming here?
GARCELLE BEAUVAIS-NILON: Yes. My -- my cousins are OK. My aunt is still missing, but my cousins are OK and that's a really good thing.
And I have to say, the outpouring from everyone has been absolutely amazing. And I got to speak to a few Haitian callers. And we got to speak in Creole. And I can't tell you how -- how moved I am that everybody cares. It means a lot because for so long, no one cared. For so long, no one knew us. And this really means a lot.
So thank you.
KING: Let's go back -- I understand we can connect with Dr. Gupta again now. Now, I had asked you, Doctor, if, when you come upon a scene, are you still first a doctor?
GUPTA: No -- no question about it, Larry. And there's -- there's no confusion in my mind. I was surprised when some people had concerns about that. But I think, you know, putting on a press badge in no way is -- is a bar to our humanity. And I think if someone needs your help and you can help, it's absolutely the right thing to do.
I mean I'm a doctor, so I have a specific skill set, as a neurosurgeon. But anybody who can help somebody, I think, should. And -- and this is a country that's dramatically in need. Just over the last hour, there's been lots of patients that have come into this hospital. It is staying open. But, you know, there's only so much this one place can do. Lots of hospitals like this, lots of doctors, lots of supplies are needed, Larry.
KING: Do you see any light at the end of the tunnel yet?
GUPTA: You know, it -- it's interesting that you ask that. I do see light at the end of the tunnel. And, in fact, there was a story just a short time ago where the doctors actually were visiting a child who had come in, who -- who was comatose, they didn't think would survive. And they came in and just were seeing the patient back in this room behind me. The kid is up playing with his mom. And there -- there was just a great smile that came over all the doctors faces and the nurses faces. And they were taking care of that child.
But what's even more, I think, possibly this light at the end of the tunnel is that Haiti -- last Monday, the day before the earthquake, one week ago, still was this country, as you know, was terribly impoverished -- had one of the worst physician to patient ratios anywhere in the world.
It was -- it's a -- it's a very, very difficult place to live.
Could it be possible that out of all of this, with all the aid that you're talking about and everything that's happening now, could Haiti somehow rise above what it -- what it was a week ago and become even better?
GUPTA: That's what a lot of people are focused on. And it just means that you can't vent compassion over this week. It's got to be a long, sustained effort.
KING: Tea Leoni is up at our phone bank upstairs. And she's with Jennifer Lopez.
TEA LEONI, UNICEF AMBASSADOR: Hey, Larry. I just wanted to relay, I just got off the phone with Francis Quadruci (ph), who is 91 years old. And she told me that in her 91 years, this is the worst disaster she's ever seen. And she wanted to remind us all how much that we have.
And it's interesting down here, we're getting calls, also, from kids who are calling because they want to help their peers in Haiti. And there's something very dramatic about that, because their peers in Haiti, who have no communication, no television and no way of knowing that we're here and that we see them.
So it's pretty powerful that our kids are so interested in making these calls.
And I have Jennifer Lopez, right here.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: Yes.
LEONI: Jennifer, how is it going on the phones?
LOPEZ: It's -- it's amazing, actually, to hear and see all the different area codes and everybody calling from all across the country and...
LEONI: And it's not stopped, right?
LOPEZ: No, it's nonstop. Excuse me.
LEONI: Get this call.
Oh, they hung up.
Oh, there they are again. (INAUDIBLE).
KING: OK. You can...
LEONI: Larry, it's going really great. It's going really great.
KING: Call in. There's no telling who you can talk to. Well, you can talk to Benicio. You already talked to him. You can talk to JLo.
I'm so pleased to tell you that from 8:00 this evening until 8:54 -- that Eastern time -- the Red Cross and UNICEF have reported $1.5 million in donations -- $1.5 million in less than an hour.
We've got a Tweet suite here tonight. Our celebrity guests will responding to your messages on Twitter. Tweet to me at Kings Things or use the hash text CNNHelpHaiti -- all one word.
Mick Jagger is next.
Don't go away.
KING: It's a great pleasure to welcome to this special edition of LARRY KING LIVE, Mick Jagger, a Grammy winning rock and roll legend.
Why is it important to you to be with us tonight, Mick?
MICK JAGGER: Well, you know, Haiti is a -- was -- obviously, it's one of the most poor countries in the Western Hemisphere. It's very closed to the United States, really. It's had a long relationship with lots of countries that I've been involved with being in the United States, France. And it's like a desperately poor place.
And when these -- when these terrible disasters happen in a very poor place, the -- it's always magnified over and over and over and over what it would be in a country that was more accessible, with more infrastructure left and so on.
So this is a -- it's been a huge, massive disaster for one of the poorest, poorest countries. And -- and it -- it's so poor, it's very hard to describe how poor it is compared to all the other countries in our hemisphere.
KING: Well, we're raising a lot of money for Haiti tonight. And that's the number one thing, as you know, that they need.
What have -- what have been your feelings as you've watch this disaster?
JAGGER: Well, you know, an earthquake is -- it's like the most incredibly physically damaging, but it's also very psychologically damaging, because the -- all the -- all the laws that govern your life -- your, you know, all the -- the ground beneath your feet, everything happening to you is destroyed in those moments. And your whole -- you know, and your whole psyche is upset. And then, of course, the tremendous physical damage, because the buildings are so poorly constructed, as is typical in these kinds of places.
So the damage is so huge that I think that one of the -- it's very gratifying to see so much outpouring of -- of help from every country, from (INAUDIBLE) some people giving money, some people sending support groups.
And I think it -- I think that everyone has got -- there's been no -- not one slightest hint of problems with people just wanting to send money, wanting to help in every possible way they can.
KING: I know you visited Haiti in years past.
Do you have fond memories of those visits?
JAGGER: Yes. Well, it's -- you know, it's a beautiful country with very welcoming people, with fantastic culture, with wonderful music, with incredible dance and a strange history. And it's a unique country. And -- and it's just -- it's very, very sad that when you see this happening to somewhere where you have been, that you have enjoyed, where people have been welcoming, where people have been lovely to you. And so it -- it's always very, very sad to see this.
KING: Mick Jagger, by the way.
A couple more moments with Mick.
He's coming to us via Skype.
What about the people?
Everyone I talk to -- I haven't been to Haiti -- tells me how gracious and how wonderfully the -- the wonderful aspects of these people, that they're -- they're different. They're just -- they -- they accept what they have in life and they still have a spirit about them.
What's your impression of the Haitians?
JAGGER: Well, you're right. They have a wonderful spirit. They have an amazing attitude to life -- a very vibrant culture, a very vibrant cultural life in -- in music, in dance, poetry, carving. Painting is amazing.
So -- so they have a very varied, very varied cultured life. But they've had terrible poverty they've endured for hundreds of years, since the independence of Haiti 200 years ago.
So they've had endure terrible lifestyle, mismanagement and so perhaps this, for Haiti, could be the most terrible moment. But it could also be a turning point where Haiti would get all the help it needs to restructure its society so they can take advantage of the wonderful human resources that they have.
KING: Anything you want to say to people about why they should send in whatever they can send in or call in?
JAGGER: Well -- well, they can -- they can -- the people have been wonderfully generous. And they can text to -- text to these numbers. They can send a small donation which makes lots of people send in small amounts of money and it's a huge sum comes in the end. They can text Red Cross. They can text Haiti to the Red Cross number, which is 90999. Or they can text on their phone to UNICEF and the text number to send that to is 20222.
KING: Mick, I thank you very much here.
JAGGER: Thank you.
KING: You've been very generous to do this. You've helped a lot of...
KING: ...helped a lot of people tonight, Mick. JAGGER: Thank you very much, Larry.
KING: As we go to break, here's Mick Jagger and Haiti's own Wyclef Jean singing "Hide Away" in honor of the people of Haiti.
KING: Our hash tag, CNNHelpHaiti, is now a top trending topic on Twitter. That's huge. Jared Leto just bought my suspenders for $1,000. He's sending the money to Haiti.
Jared, thank you.
I'll be thrilled to hand over another pair -- or five -- if somebody wants to ante up for a good cause.
STILLER: I'm in for one.
KING: You're in for one. I've got to bring more suspenders in. A thousand dollars a pair. Call in and you get them.
Ben Stiller and Benicio del Toro remain with us for...
KING: ...Haiti: How You Can Help.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any undergarments?
KING: Any other garments?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Undergarments.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
KING: Stop making those parent movies.
This -- I've had unusual panels in the history of LARRY KING LIVE, but this foursome is different...
Jennifer Lopez, Ben Stiller, Benicio del Toro and Paula Abdul.
We'll start with Jennifer.
KING: What -- what prompted you to come out for this? LOPEZ: Well, just like everybody else, I've been watching it at home with my family and I've been incredibly moved and just saddened by everything you're seeing -- the images. And there's something inside you that just says, you know -- you know, what can I do?
You know, what -- where can I...
LOPEZ: ...use my energies, you know?
And -- and that's why. That's why we're here.
KING: Have you ever been to Haiti?
LOPEZ: I never have, no.
KING: I imagine you might be going soon.
Paula, what brought you here?
PAULA ABDUL: The same thing. And just the overwhelming despair and families not knowing who's alive and not being able to even be accounted for. And seeing all that, it's just...
KING: This is what people in entertainment can do. They give of their time and they help people send in money.
Benicio, are you moved by this?
DEL TORO: Of course, yes. Yes.
KING: To see all this tragedy?
DEL TORO: Yes. And also, probably also moved by how long the process to get it to become better is going to take. It's -- it's a long race, in my opinion.
KING: You were there, Ben. It's going to take a while.
STILLER: Yes. And I think, you know, that's what I've been -- you know, is going to be tough thing, is a -- a month, two months, you know, six months down the line when people aren't doing specials on it, when the news cycle has moved on, the support they're going to need. And I think that's -- that's what -- you know, we all have to all sort of work toward keeping attention.
KING: That's the fear, isn't it?
It's like Christmas, when it's over, you don't think of Christmas anymore.
KING: But their -- their problems remain.
LOPEZ: Exactly. And the -- the whole idea is, like you said, to keep it out there, to keep mentioning it, to keep the focus on making sure that, in the months to come, everybody is still focused on what needs to be worked on, because there will be problems that even come up because of the disaster -- because of the actual earthquake so.
KING: Isn't it frustrating, of feeling, Paula, when you watch people in despair?
ABDUL: Oh, it's -- it's the most helpless feeling. And there's so much that you wish you could do, so much you wish you could just walk through the television set and get there and -- and be of some help.
But it's -- it's just so overwhelming. It -- it is overwhelming. I think everyone feels this unbelievable feeling of like, well, what more can we do?
And I think it's just the -- the fact that the worries of, is the money going to stop after a certain period of time?
Are people going to forget about it?
I mean it's rebuilding an entire...
STILLER: But I think it's also a good possibility for -- I think Mick Jagger said something about a moment in time, where, you know, right now President Clinton...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
STILLER: ...you know, what his, as special envoy to Haiti -- you know, he was already doing a lot of work, working with Paul Farmer, who's incredible -- Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health. There's a chance here to really, I think, you know, pay attention in a way that hasn't happened before and...
KING: OK. We're going to take a break and come back with more.
Her Majesty, Queen Rania of Jordan, is known for her compassion and caring and her genuine concern for the people of the world. Here she is with your greeting for you and the Haitians we're all trying to help tonight.
Watch as we go to break and please -- please call the numbers on your screen. We've got record-breaking figures coming in. Keep it up.
We'll be right back.
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HM QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN: Nothing will ever be the same again for the people of Haiti. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives were tragically shattered.
Jordan was not spared in the tragedy. Three Jordanian peacekeepers died, along with countless others.
We cannot replace families, we cannot return loved ones, but we can provide funds to ease the suffering of those left behind.
The United Nations Foundation has committed $1 million for Haiti's humanitarian needs. We ask you to support the U.N. Fund for Disaster.
UNICEF, too, is working to rescue thousands of orphaned and injured children. Right now, we need to heal their broken bodies. In the months ahead, we need to tend the wounds we cannot see, by rekindling their spirits and getting them back into school.
The impact of the earthquake was devastating, but you can help lessen the aftershocks. Please support the United Nations Foundation. Please support UNICEF.
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ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: This is a baby who's going to a hospital in Miami. They're hoping to save her. She's got broken ribs. They fear that she'll die soon if she stays here. But they also fear that she may not be able to withstand this flight.
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KING: So many people are helping tonight -- mostly you.
Welcome back to "Haiti: How You Can Help".
Let's head back to our guests in New York.
Pete Wentz is with us. Pete Wentz, of course, the member of the band Fallout Boy, a UNICEF supporter.
Danny Glover, the actor and ambassador for UNICEF.
And Sean "Diddy" Combs, our Grammy winning recording artist and producer.
There's Danny Glover and the rest.
Danny, what's it -- what's this been like for you emotionally, to see this?
DANNY GLOVER: Well, I've had a relationship with Haiti since I first visited Haiti in 1973. So it was really painful. The work that TransAfrican Forum has been doing -- done with Haiti, particularly Randall Robinson as the -- on his hunger strike to restore the democracy to Haiti and the Aristide to his presidency and the work that our present director -- executive director does in the Coli (ph). We've had a very close relationship with Haiti with regard to the issues around immigration, with regard to the -- the issues around the development and sustainable development. Those have been conversations that we've had ongoing with TransAfrica Forum.
GLOVER: ...many groups, many groups.
KING: Yes. Obviously, very involved.
Pete Wentz, how have you reacted to this tragedy?
PETE WENTZ: It's interesting. I saw it on TV and I was thinking about how I was going to explain it to my son. And more than anything, I think that it shows how -- how the world can come together. And Haiti has been one of the most poverty-stricken nations in -- in our hemisphere for so long. And to takes a disaster like this to really put it on the map is -- is kind of heartbreaking. But it's not important only how we react in the first 72 hours. It -- it matters that we are creating an infrastructure and staying involved for the next years -- you know, for years to come, to keep them, our neighbors and the citizens of the globe, I guess, in hope and -- and empowering themselves.
KING: As these folks are answering phones while we talk to them, we'll check back with Sean "Diddy" Combs, because he's busy on the phone.
What's this book, Paula?
ABDUL: This is the official "Michael Jackson Opus." It's so heavy.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Here, let me help you.
ABDUL: It's pretty phenomenal, though. It's...
KING: Opus meaning?
ABDUL: It's the -- it's one of the most beautiful -- the only one that exists complete -- an utter tribute to Michael Jackson.
ABDUL: Every single word in here are original words that were created for the opus. And the essays that are written are solely created for -- for the opus. And the interviews that were done were -- are from people whoever worked -- experienced working with Michael Jackson.
KING: And you bring it tonight, because?
ABDUL: Because we're going to donate this to raise money. KING: You're going to auction it off?
ABDUL: Auction it off, yes.
ABDUL: And the artists that are here tonight have signed it. And the -- the pictures are -- are treated. They're -- they're made to look like they're -- they're -- they're all original pictures. Eighty percent of the pictures in this book haven't been seen before. So (INAUDIBLE)...
KING: So we can bid on this. And I don't know how we're going to set up to do this while you're calling in...
ABDUL: Go to CNN.com/LarryKing and --
KING: Go to CNN.com/LarryKing. Good thinking, Paula. CNN.com/LarryKing and bid on this incredible book. Let's go to Ryan at the Tweet scene?
SEACREST: A familiar scene, Paula bailing us out. I know that well. Good to see you, Paula. Garcelle is with me now. She was up at the phone bank a few minutes ago. you were talking about the generosity from the callers you spoke with?
GARCELLE BEAUVAIS-NILON, HAITIAN ACTRESS: It's he been phenomenal. I had a woman who just had a knee replacement. She was in the hospital. And she was calling to donate money. She wishes she could get to Haiti as soon as she could. I got one family that donated 2,500 to Unicef and 2,500 to the Red Cross.
I also got to speak to Haitian donors, and we got to say -- when Haitians see each other we say Saquasay (ph).
BEUAVAIS-NILON: So it's been nice to be able to speak to, you now, everyday people who just want to help. It's awesome.
SEACREST: You said you got some good news earlier?
BEAUVAIS-NILON: Yes, yes. We got good news. But it's never always good because there's a lot of people that are desperate, in dire need of help.
SEACREST: Good luck. Thank you. Thank you for your time.
Do we have a second to pop up here to the Tweet suite? I've got Molly Sims and Jared Leto here. They have been up for about an hour and a half now, talking to people that are donating. As you are give money, as you see the stories, please tell us, let us know what you're thinking and where you are.
A big question, when you donate the money, where does it go and how do you know it gets there to the right place? Jared, you were telling me about a virtual house.
JARED LETO, BLOGGER: Through Hope Builders, you can actually donate and watch a house be built virtually. So it's really interesting and rewarding to actually know where your money is going. I've worked with this organization before in the past, and people can really get proactive and be part of the solution.
MOLLY SIMS, BLOGGER: They can see which part of the house you're building.
SEACREST: You can actually see what you're doing, what you're contributing to. Larry, it's a trending topic on Twitter right now. So people are involved. Back to you at the desk with the gang.
KING: We're running over-stacked now, but we'll try to get in everybody. Ringo Starr has something to say about what's going on in Haiti. Watch as we go to break. Take his words to heart, and take action.
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RINGO STARR, SINGER: Peace and love, everybody. Peace and love is great, and we're here for Haiti. So donations would be better. So let's do what we can do. Send anything you like, big or small donations. We're not proud. Peace and love, peace and love, peace and love.
KING: Since 8:00 tonight -- get this, folks -- the Red Cross and Unicef have raised 2,900,000 dollars. That's since 8:00 Eastern time tonight. Wow.
Soledad O'Brien is on the scene for us in Port-Au-Prince tonight. Let's check in with her now. If you haven't already donated, maybe she can convince to do it. Soledad, what's the latest from there?
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Larry, maybe these babies can convince you to do it, because look at them sleeping here. This is the back of a truck; 25 babies are here. And it's become this makeshift nursery. Across the way, another 100-plus other young children.
Here's the problem, Larry. Let me show you. People are donating things like powdered milk. But, of course, infants can't drink milk. They have to drink formula. They ran out of formula. So they are feeding them milk. That gives the babies diarrhea, which means they get dehydrated.
So it's really urgent that things like water and formula have to come to these orphanages. There are so many orphanages here in Port- Au-Prince. It's really, really critical. So if you want to think of something to donate, formula is a really good and important thing to get to everybody.
I should mention, big thank you to the folks, Tamar and Matt, who have really been helping out with all their information and advice tonight.
KING: We want to thank Tamar Hahn, the spokesperson for Unicef. Also there in Port-Au-Prince is Matt Merrick, an American Red Cross worker. They've worked so hard throughout the past six days and then continue to work. There's Matt. We salute him. We salute Tamah Hahn as well.
Again, when you call it tonight, you're contributing to the American Red Cross or to Unicef. We thank you so much. Again, as we announced 2,900,000 dollars has reached since 8:00 Eastern time tonight. There you see our stars on the bank of phones answering your calls. We have Ryan and the Tweet suite set up. And we'll be back with lots more to come.
Don't forget, Seal is still to come. And so is Kobe Bryant. Stay with us because Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden and J. Lo are next.
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CHARLES BARKLEY, FMR. PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER: Hello, I'm Charles Barkley. We just had the devastating earthquake in Haiti. And I'm asking and please give anything you can to help the people of Haiti. Thank you very much.
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KING: Thank you, Charles. Jennifer Lopez is back with us in Los Angeles. Nicole Ritchie is here, supporter of Unicef and a backer of Unicef's Tap Project, raising funds for water and sanitation program. And our man Joel Madden has stopped, Goodwill ambassador for Unicef. His twin Bengie wanted to be with us tonight, couldn't make it. He'll be Tweeting, urging help for Haiti, throughout the somehow. Joel, how has this affected you?
JOEL MADDEN, GOODWILL AMBASSADOR FOR UNICEF: It's hard to watch. You look at a country like Haiti, with almost half the population is kids. So to just think about, you know, what they've already been through -- what Haiti has already been through, but what the possibility of what now they're looking at for the future is -- that's why I think something like this is really important, trying to stop that second wave disaster, what could happen in the next couple weeks.
KING: You know it's coming, right?
KING: J. Lo, is it hard for you to watch?
LOPEZ: Absolutely. Like you said, a lot of it is watching the children. When you finally have your own children and you feel what it must feel like for everybody out there, it's just -- it's daunting. All of it feels so huge. You just want to do anything or everything you can, and just urge everybody else to do the same.
KING: Nicole, what is Tap.
NICOLE RITCHIE, ACTRESS: Tap brings clean water to places like Haiti. And right now clean water is the number one thing that they need.
KING: How did you get involved?
RITCHIE: I got involved through Unicef, actually, and Joel is the head of it.
KING: You're involved with Tap, too?
MADDEN: I was the spokesperson for the Tap project. And I'm the Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef. So I go on field visits to locations that need clean water so that I can come back and talk about it. I was on the show talking about Tap project. With Haiti right now, clean water is key. That's what they need is clean water.
KING: Does Tap stand for something?
MADDEN: Well Tap project originally -- TapProject.org is the website, with Unicef. It's the idea that once a year, on World Water Week, we can donate money to restaurants for a glass of tap water, so --
KING: Oh, tap water. That makes sense.
MADDEN: We can drink clean tap water here in our country. Places like Haiti, they don't have clean water access.
KING: Has this been hard for you to watch, Nicole?
RITCHIE: It's so tragic. And just like J. Lo said, sometimes it just feels so big and so overwhelming. It's actually really nice to see everyone come together and really do everything they can. It's actually -- it's a very warm feeling, especially being here, and seeing everyone come together, and want to help. It's just -- it's -- it gives me a lot of hope.
KING: Don't you find the little children the hardest to watch?
LOPEZ: Oh, my gosh. Really. There was one image in the first few days of -- I don't know if it was his daughter -- but of a man carrying this little girl, and it's just in the back of my mind all the time. They've been using it, periodically. And it just literally breaks my heart every time I see it. I'm just -- to see her there helpless in his arms and to see him helpless trying to help her and nowhere to go. It's a lot. It's a lot to watch.
But, you know, it's good that we get to see it, because we need to do something. Everybody needs to do something. It's great, like she said, that everybody pulls together to help in moments like this. Upstairs answering the phones. That's what I loved about it. I said I was having a great time. And what I meant was it was so great to see how many people from all over country were calling in and doing what they could.
KING: I can't imagine how fortunate we are, right?
RITCHIE: I count my blessings every day.
KING: You think about it when see something like this, Joel?
MADDEN: You know, it's -- I was thinking about what they were saying, and there is good news with Unicef. They've been on the ground in Haiti for over 40 years. So they know what to do and they know how to handle a situation like this. It's just about us helping them.
So I think that it's hard to watch. But at the same time, the response time that everyone has had in this disaster has been great and I think it's a real sign of hope. I'm kind of hopeful.
KING: Isn't this impressive tonight, the kind of money that's poured in here?
LOPEZ: It's amazing. Really, it's amazing. When you think of -- we do charity events. I work with different charities trying to raise money like that. To think that much money was raised in an hour shows you how big-hearted people are.
Again, taking you back to, wow. We actually are around so many beautiful people. It's a great thing. It's a beautiful thing. It says a lot about all of us.
KING: The whole world kicks into something like that. We're all our brothers, aren't we, supposedly?
MADDEN: I think that, you know -- like I said, especially now in 2010, watching the network of people, how fast everyone got together, and how fast we started sharing information -- to me, like I said, it's hopeful. So we have to -- I think if we -- if everyone pulls together and everyone has a hopeful attitude, I think that we can really make a difference, and I think that everyone that's involved in this, and the world watching, and the world that wants to be involved, we're all that Haiti has. We really have.
KING: Yes, we are the world. You going over there soon?
MADDEN: Yeah, hopefully. I'm hoping once this, you know -- once the cameras leave, because there will be a time when the cameras go away, we kind of go back and try to continue the work there.
KING: We're going to hear from Kobe Bryant next, and Sean Combs is with us. And Seal's live performance is around the corner. Call 1-800-4-Unicef or 1-800-Help-Now.
You're looking at the phone banks in New York, and they want to hear from you. Let's help Haiti. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
KING: Before we check in back to New York, we want to say thanks to Jennifer Lopez for coming out tonight. She has to go. But thank you so much.
LOPEZ: Thank you, guys. Again, everybody just keep doing everything you can. Every little bit helps. That's it.
KING: You must feel good when you do something like this, don't you?
LOPEZ: It's always rewarding to be involved in an effort to help somebody else.
KING: You always do good when you help someone else.
LOPEZ: That's right.
KING: Thanks so much.
LOPEZ: Thank you.
KING: OK. We're going up to New York now and check in with Sean Combs. He's in New York doing his part. We didn't get a chance to talk to him earlier. Of course, he was on the phone. Sean, this must be pretty tough for you to handle, isn't it, to see all this?
SEAN COMBS, RAPPER AND PRODUCER: Yeah. It's something that weighs so heavy on your heart, but there's also something that's so beautiful coming out of this, the way our people, the way us as a people are coming together in this time of tragedy, people from all over the world.
You have to understand, Haiti for me is such an inspiration al country. They were the first people to take back their freedom, the first people to say that we will not be slaves anymore. So growing up, the Haitian people to me were always that people I looked up to, because of their fight, the way they fought for their freedom.
Just living in Miami -- I live in Miami. And if you've ever met somebody that's Haitian, they have so much love in their hearts. They don't just shake your hand. They give you a hug. They give you kiss. They're such a loving people. To see this is just heart-wrenching and heart-breaking.
What's been going on today with CNN and Unicef and also Wyclef's organization, Yele -- I think Wyclef should be -- he should run for president of Haiti after this. What he's done, the way he's put himself out there, is truly commendable. I pray for the people of Haiti.
KING: Sean, I understand someone is going to give 1,000 dollars for your sunglasses?
COMBS: Yes. I'm trying to raise more money. And I heard the young man at that donated 1,000 for your suspender, Jeffrey Schwartz. I got him to donate 1,000 dollars for my shades. I'm always wearing shades, so I sold him my shades and an autographed picture for 1,000 dollars. Whatever it takes out here, we're going to raise as much money as we can.
KING: Unicef wants you to know what your money is buying for the people of Haiti. Pete Wentz rejoins us. He's with a tent that Unicef has set up on LARRY KING LIVE's New York set. Pete, take us through some of the details here. What is this all about?
WENTZ: I think part of it is that people want to see actually part of the solution. So if we go inside the Unicef tent that is actually down there right now, you can see that the problem is solvable. For example, you have these tablets that -- one of these costs one cent, and it can keep five liters of water clean. So one cent for five liters of water.
You have a blanket that costs three dollars, just three dollars for this blanket. You come over here, there's a -- actually a cooler for vaccines that Unicef workers carry-on them at all times, because following obviously devastation like this, keeping kids vaccinated is very important.
Something that's interesting I think for people to see always, as well as -- for 200 bucks, you can get this school in a box, which is actually so kids can keep learning and empowering themselves and staying involved. Obviously, you get black board paint and are able to stay involved. This tent can be -- is utilitarian, and can be used for schooling purposes, or for medical purposes, or for kids to do recreational things in.
Because if you think about it, you know, six months from now, you want your kids psychologically happy. You want them -- you know, you have a three dollar soccer ball and you want kids playing, kicking it around and doing that kind of stuff.
As well, you know, we have food, high protein biscuits, formula for infants that is specifically designed for infants that are malnourished or mothers that are malnourished. And it's all very cheap.
This is a solvable problem. That's what I wanted to kind of put out there, is that every cent counts. And when it comes down to it, that's what I meant with this tablet for the water. If you even donate a cent to this cause, you are donating.
KING: Wow. Pete, I salute you. That's amazing to see that tent in operation, the way it's set up. Tents like that in Haiti, helping people. We go back to Sean Combs. I understand we have another donation, Sean? What happened?
COMBS: Larry, I'm here -- I'm really working these phones, Larry. There's something about your suspenders that the people want. I have a Dr. Boone from Trumble, Connecticut. He just put up 2,000 dollars for a pair of suspenders. So, Larry, I have an idea. We're going to sell your suspenders for 5,000 dollars a pair. OK? You call us up here. Larry is going to sell his suspenders for 5,000 dollars a pair. We only got four pair of those. The next pair -- five pair go for 10,000 dollars. How about that, Larry?
KING: Sean, you're a man after my own heart. I'll have to bring them from home tomorrow. I got one pair I got to give here tonight. Then I'll bring them all in tomorrow.
COMBS: That's right. We have Dr. Boone, thank you very much, from Trumble, Connecticut. We're raising money. Everybody, you may not get some suspenders, but just, you know, call up Unicef, call 1- 800-For-Unicef right now and donate anything. We'll take anything for the people of Haiti. Haiti, we love you.
KING: Sean, for the next night we do anything to raise money, you the host.
COMBS: Yes, let's go.
KING: We have a few ambassadors with us tonight. Kobe Bryant certainly falls into that category. He does so much through sports to bring people together. The NBA and the Players Union donating one million dollars to Haitian relief efforts. Here's what LA Laker Kobe Bryant has to say about Haiti and how you can help.
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KOBE BRYANT, NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER: Hey, Larry. Just wanted to say it's wonderful what you're doing tonight. We're truly blessed to be able to have this platform to be able to spread the message of helping, of assisting.
And obviously the tragedy in Haiti goes without saying, and it's important for all of us to contribute, to do whatever we can to help, and to lend a helping hand.
Tomorrow's not promised to anyone. And everybody must do whatever they can to help, no matter how big or how small the contribution. Please join in and do whatever you can.
KING: Want to thank Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden for being with us. You're going to join us for our big finale. We're all going to be on set. Since the start of our show, almost two hours ago, Unicef and the Red Cross have received almost five million dollars. It will help those babies in Haiti that you've been looking at live. We can get to five million. Come on. We're almost there. Let's make the last push and help the babies and all their parents.
I want to thank you for your interest and your support. Don't forget, the disaster in Haiti is going to have repercussions for years. Also, the phones are going to stay open right through Anderson Cooper and right through the two-hour repeat of this show at Midnight. So until 2:00 am Eastern time, 11:00 p.m. Pacific, the phones will remain open. We're this close to five million.
Here's Seal to get everybody ready.