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John Travolta’s Foundation for Late Son Jett: In 2016, Ellen DeGeneres Was the Only Contributor (Including Travolta)


The Form 990 is in for the Jett Travolta Foundation for 2016. The only donor to the foundation that year was Ellen DeGeneres’s WAD Productions in the amount of $10,000. No one else gave money to the Jett Travolta Foundation including John Travolta. The foundation itself gave away $47,905 to other charities including two involving Scientology.

Jett was the 16 year old autistic son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. He died after suffering a seizure and hitting his head on New Year’s 2009 at the Travolta’s Grand Bahama Island home.  For his whole life the Travolta’s insisted he suffered from Kawasaki Syndrome. In fact, as Travolta admitted when the police arrived after Jett’s death, was autistic. Scientology doesn’t believe in psychiatry or treatment of mental illness.

Travolta didn’t donate to his the foundation named for his son in 2015, either. That year Jett Travolta Foundation received two contributions: $100,000 from Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, and $50,000 from the LPGA in nearby Florida.

As for Ellen Degeneres’s donation, there’s no particular reason why the talk show host wrote the check other than to honor Jett’s memory. Travolta, Preston and daughter Ella did make a rare appearance together on “Ellen” on April 5, 2016.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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