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Ed McMahon's personal bailout plan: rapping at 85

September 25, 2008 | 11:08 am

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