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Friday 9 December 2016

One Direction, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Helen Mirren and Robert Pattinson were among the stars who helped raise money for the first Red Nose Day in America.

One Direction, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Helen Mirren and Robert Pattinson were among the stars who helped raise money for the first Red Nose Day in America.

The three-hour telecast opened with a monologue from host Seth Meyers, announcing his plans to trump the UK version of the fund-raising marathon and rubbing it in the faces of the Brits.

Meyers, who hosts a late night talk show in America, said he was determined to keep the actors from across the pond out of the spotlight.

"I don't want them doing anything in front of the cameras," he said. "They are famously terrible actors so they are all working backstage."

Cameras cut to music mogul Simon Cowell in the director's chair, Orlando Bloom at the sound board, Naomi Campbell operating a camera, Ian McKellen working the teleprompter, Cumberbatch struggling with cue cards and Prime Suspect star Helen making the tea.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was left with the task of wishing people good luck while Pattinson struggled with valet parking and immediately crashed the first car given to him.

Singer Ed Sheeran's skills were put to better use when he performed the classic Muppets song The Rainbow Connection with Kermit The Frog.

A pre-recorded video showed stars including Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston recruiting their famous friends to take part in the broadcast without any idea of the name of the event or the charities it helps.

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