Gary Susman
June 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell are the latest TV personalities to try to put the ”chair” back into ”charity.” Following in the — well, ”footsteps” isn’t the right word — of the ”Friends” cast, the ”American Idol” judges are auctioning off their seats and giving the proceeds to the fight against cancer. Unlike the ”Friends” cast, they’re not designing their own recliners; rather, they’re selling their actual chairs from the ”Idol” set, made by Holland’s Trendway Corp., each personalized with the sitter’s autograph.

According to the Associated Press, fans can bid in August for Jackson’s chair, whose proceeds will benefit Chicago’s The Common Thread for the Cure Foundation, or Abdul’s chair, to benefit the Michigan branch of the American Cancer Society, or Cowell’s chair, with proceeds going to a yet-to-be-named charity. No word on what the judges will sit on next season.

Last month, La-Z-Boy recliners designed by each of the six stars of ”Friends” were auctioned on eBay. They raised $125,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the organization announced last week.

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