Stephen Colbert Donates $1 Million to Puerto Rico from #PuberMe Campaign


Stephen Colbert Donates $1 Million to Puerto Rico from #PuberMe Campaign

While Donald Trump was launching paper towels into a crowd of hurricane-stricken Americans in Puerto Rico, Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was launching a viral campaign to raise money for the devastated American territory. Colbert's #PuberMe campaign, which encouraged celebs to share awkward old photos of themselves. With the help stars such as Nick Kroll and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colbert raised more than $1 million for the cause.


Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Colbert started a viral movement last Wednesday when guest Nick Kroll encouraged fellow stars to tweet pictures of themselves during their "awkward phase" with the hashtag #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief to benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico with a $1,000 donation for each photo posted.

Now, just a week later, Colbert has announced that the viral sensation has raised $1 million for Puerto Rico relief. Over 200 photos of stars in their teenage years were posted, with participants from Bill Clinton to Reese Witherspoon to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Late Show host revealed the total amount of money raised for OneAmericaAppeal.org on Thursday's show.

Kroll called into the show to donate $100,000, which he joked he earned from his selling "not that healthy" liver on the dark web and all those who worked on his Netflix show, Big Mouth.

CBS and Colbert's Americone Dream Fund (which donates the funds raised by Colbert's Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor) also promised massive donations, which Kroll matched, bring the total to $999,000. Luckily, Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise appearance to bump the total over the $1 million mark and promote his new song "Almost Like Praying" with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Fat Joe and more.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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