The ongoing recession has forced "Idol Gives Back", a charity program conducted regularly by talent show "", to be canceled this season. The reason is clear, the producers feel that asking people to donate money for the good cause when the economical state is unstable and unemployment rises, is simply not working.
"Idol Gives Back" which had been conducted two years in a row, involved celebrities including singers like , the show's alumni like , actors like to prominent figures such as Barack Obama. It had raised over 130 million dollars on the show's sixth and seventh season, with the money going to various charity organizations. No announcement yet on how long the charity program will take a hiatus, but rumor has it, it will return in the ninth season with the program set bi-annually.