‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Ian Somerhalder
is not happy about his peers lack of action over the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Coming from the entertainment world, I’m really shaken by how quiet Hollywood is,” Somerhalder, 31, tells E! Online. “And I say that out of respect for my peers and colleagues, but I’m really bummed that no one is really coming up to help the situation. This is ground zero right now. This place is going to need money, that is the bottom line.”
CNN’s Larry King and producer and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest are doing something about the situation. Together they will bring a Gulf Aid telethon Monday, June 21, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who has been reporting live from the Gulf region since the disaster unfolded months ago. Covington, Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder is confirmed to be part of the televised fundraiser.
The Telethon special, which will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday (June 21), will raise money for three charities: The United Way, the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy.
The United Way is providing emergency help for people affected by the spill, both the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy are involved in cleanup efforts.
Along with Ian, the celebrity participants in the telethon are Gulf Coast natives Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Tim McGraw, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Alyssa Milano, Sting, Robert Redford, Ted Danson, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Handler, Jenny McCarthy, Lenny Kravitz, Pete Wentz, Tyson Ritter, Edward James Olmos and Philippe Cousteau.