The extremely popular and successful American Idol "Idol Gives Back" episode will not happen this upcoming season. Citing concerns over unemployement and the overall weak economy the program does not feel it would be appropriate to ask for donations from the American public. The show, a charity telethon, has run during American Idol's season 6 and 7 and has raised over $130 million. The money was then dolled out to various charities. The timing and reasoning is curious as these charities most likely could use the money now more than ever.