Phone chats with Clooney, Hanks and DiCaprio helped raise a whopping $44 million for hurricane relief

It's been awhile since the world has seen so many landline phones in action!

Dozens upon dozens of celebrities teamed up for the Hand in Hand telethon on Tuesday night, ultimately raking in a whopping $44 million for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief.

The list is truly endless, so here's just a general roundup: Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Bieber, Sofia Vergara, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Julianne Hough -- actually, on second thought, just scroll through the gallery below.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Lupita Nyong'o and Daniel Craig caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Jamie Foxx and Tracy Morgan caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Jamie Foxx, and Andy Cohen caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Jimmy Fallon caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Chris Paul and Ryan Seacrest caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Willis and Al Pacino caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Jason Alexander and Richard Gere caption on at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Rabbi Ari Lukas, Justin Bieber, Pastor John Gray and Jihad Turk attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Kate Hudson and Kerry Washington attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Billy Crystal attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Deaton, and Amy Grant attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Kerry Washington, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Banks and Meghan Trainor attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Amy Grant and Luke Bryan attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Angie Harmon attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Stevie Wonder performs during Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Stevie Wonder and Oprah Winfrey attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Eric McCormack, Julia Roberts and George Clooney attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Bryan Cranston and Julianne Hough attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Tom Hanks attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, George Clooney attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Oprah Winfrey attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Robert De Niro caption at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Leonardo DiCaprio attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Jon Stewart attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at ABC News' Good Morning America Times Square Studio on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)
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Within minutes of the hour-long special's start, phone lines were already jammed. (We tried to call -- repeatedly -- around 8:15, to no avail.) The huge response was awesome for fundraising, but not so great if you desperately wanted to chat with a celeb: "I called hand in hand 105 times and the person I talked to was a tech for Verzion named Eric because of overflow," one caller tweeted with a crying emoji.

Well, what can ya do.

But before you get cynical, rest assured, the telethon wasn't just a big photo op: Those celebrities were answering the phones! Plenty of Twitter users confirmed that they'd spoken to major stars. "Talked to Oprah for my donation," one excitedly tweeted.

In addition to individual donations, a number of companies stepped up to announce huge contributions during the broadcast. Apple donated $5 million, while the NBA Players Association dropped $500,000 and will also match any pro basketball player's donation up to $20,000.

The massive fundraiser will aid hurricane victims primarily in Texas and Florida, where consecutive hurricanes ravaged entire cities. More than 60 people in the Houston area died due to Harvey, and 12 US deaths have been reported in relation to Irma.

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Hurricane Irma's wrath from above
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Hurricane Irma's wrath from above
Hurricane Irma (L) and Hurricane Jose are pictured in the Atlantic Ocean in this September 7, 2017 NOAA satellite handout photo. NOAA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma on Maho beach, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
CARIBBEAN SEA - SEPTEMBER 7: In this NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it moves towards the Florida Coast in the Caribbean Sea taken at 20:00 UTC on September 07, 2017. The state of Florida is in the track of where the hurricane may make landfall. (Photo by NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY AND AFP PHOTO / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY AND AFP PHOTO / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
CARIBBEAN SEA - SEPTEMBER 7: In this NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it moves towards the Florida Coast in the Caribbean Sea taken at 16:15 UTC on September 07, 2017. Irma is a category 5 hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The state of Florida is in the track of where the hurricane may make landfall. (Photo by NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)
CARIBBEAN - AUGUST 25: In this NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it makes its way across the Atlantic Ocean in to the Caribbean -- a category 5 storm with winds as high as 185 miles per hour -- today at about 3:15 pm (eastern), September 6, 2017. (Photo by NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Princess Juliana International Airport and Simpson Bay Beach, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / The erroneous mention appearing in the metadata of this photo by GERBEN VAN ES has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [SIMPSON BAY BEACH] instead of [MAHO BEACH. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Gerben van Es / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - NO SALE- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France's weather service said on September 7. / AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY / GERBEN VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Gerben van Es / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - NO SALE- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Gerben van Es / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - NO SALE- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Gerben VAN ES / Netherlands OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / DUTCH DEFENSE MINISTRY/GERBEN VAN ES' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO ARCHIVES - NO SALE- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Images)
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