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Ed McMahon's personal bailout plan: rapping at 85

Yo_yo_eddie In a move that sounds like a Johnny Carson skit, former sidekick Ed McMahon, best known lately for his foreclosure woes, is going to shill for FreeCreditReport.com (see, it's already paying off) as a rapper. Details from AP:

The 85-year-old former “Tonight Show” sidekick will star in two viral rap videos for FreeCreditReport.com, a financial Web site owned by credit bureau Experian. The videos feature McMahon wearing a track suit, being chauffeured around Los Angeles in a Cadillac Escalade golf cart and waxing lyrical about his very public financial troubles.

“I knew I could sing the blues, but I didn't know I could rap,” McMahon said Wednesday.

McMahon's goof on his age puts him into some interesting company here, what with Charlton Heston's mock-pompous ads for Bud Light, and  Pat Boone's foray (except it seemed he was actually serious) into heavy metal. And then there's William Shatner, cheerily skewering himself for the travel site, Priceline.

Gotta give the guys credit.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Associated Press

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If Ed really needs some cash, he should work a deal with Robert Englund to double for him on the rough stunts in his next film. Judging from the photo, the studio would save a ton on the make-up alone.

It is sad to see a great guy like Ed to show how desperate he is now to get some money. Now we might see Ed do some dumb embarrassing stuff to keep making money. Like rapping!

Too bad Ed McMahon is sinking to this level. His past association with Carson gave him a bit of class. Now, he's looking like just another washed up old man actor. His facade is destroyed. Shame.

It's either rap for money or collecting social security....

Let's face it, at 85, he doesn't have too many choices to bring in a little dough. Good for him. Why not capitalize on his new found notariety? Everyone else in Hollywood certainly does.

"Gotta give the guys credit." Good one Veronique! I know you couldn't pass that one up.

Donald Trump already bailed Ed McMahon out. Ed's just having a little fun. Lighten up everybody.

Why is everyone one giving Mr. McMahon such a hard time. It's not like he's resorted to robbery or illegal actions to take care of his financial problems. I think he is still a class act. Very few people are humble enough to admit their problems in public, let alone take responsibility. At least he has a sense of humor and is self-deprecating about it.

This is typical Hollywood...they use you for 30 years than throw you away.

Let this be a warning to you all who have not been careful with your money. Save now!


A astute warning on what can happen if you don't save any earned income. What did he blow it on? Imagine on what other seniors have to face sans his fame? He got by for years on personality alone and has the fortune of another celebrity to allow him to keep his house. Shoulda, coulda, woulda....

Hey! Don't forget Paul Anka's rock covers album!

If you look close enough at what he went through, you will see most everything he did was based on deceit and dishonesty. He ripped off the bank to the max, sheisted his daughters lawyers, and then tried to walk away without paying anything back when the house dropped below his 5.5Mill loans he cashed out with. He is a petty crook, period, and what he is doing now just plain fits. Just like quite a high percentage of others who cashed out on their loans and high tailed it. I have a few Afro-American neighbors from the South LA area, and its just heartbreaking to hear how they cashed out way beyond the max for their house, then had to split with the money to AZ, leaving their worthless house abandoned. And one was my Real Estate agent. Her sad deceitful story brought tears to my eyes....


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