7:12AM Defamer US Edition | The 85-year-old Tonight Show sidekick and enormous check courier has been laid up in serious condition with pneumonia and other ailments, his rep announced today. And just when he was having a Cash4Gold comeback. More »
8:50AM STV | Even after our heartfelt appeal for someone, anyone to stop the pimped-out madness that has overtaken Ed McMahon’s life, the 85-year-old was featured in an interview this morning of Fox Business, shilling once again for his latest benefactors. But when the chat turned from McMahon’s evidently in-demand personal finance tips to his reported bailout by the archangel Donald Trump, the pitchman and ex-Carson sidekick shrugged. “Everything that seems like its wonderful becomes unclear,” he said, noting that he still had some Trump-work to do upon returning to Beverly Hills from his East Coast sojourn. “That has not resolved itself yet.” No way! Ed explains more after the jump, and while we know the popular warning in investing is that past results are no guarantee of future performance, this really might be just the deal for the short seller in you. [YouTube] More »
6:40AM STV | Maybe It’s Time For the Ed McMahon Sex Tape: Really, it seems like the only way out for the 85-year-old legend now that even Merv Griffin’s ghost is coming around looking for payback. The late mogul’s company filed suit recently to reclaim $100,000 that Griffin supposedly loaned to McMahon in 2005; the Griffin Group Inc. claims he still owes every cent (plus interest and attorney fees). It hardly seems fair under the circumstances, in which McMahon is reduced to rapping for his supper and the Griffin estate earns a few thousand dollars every time the Jeopardy! theme is so much as hummed, but business is business. All options are on the table, and let’s face it: If McMahon were a midget, this all all would have been settled a long time ago. [AP] More »
5:40AM STV | Earlier this summer, when the news emerged that Sidekick Hall of Fame charter member Ed McMahon was facing imminent foreclosure on and eviction from his Beverly Hills residence, an outpouring of sympathy and support quickly followed from many directions. McMahon’s real estate agent threw a Hail Mary as time ran out on his bank’s clock. Donald Trump, citing the 85 year old’s military heroism and monolithic pop-culture standing, made the one-handed catch for the win. He cameoed last weekend in Josh Groban’s Emmy-night Miracle on Figueroa Street.
9:50AM STV | Cheers to Ed McMahon, whose week started with more miserable news about lawsuits and money owed but ends with word that he’s managed at least one solution: He’s found a buyer for his Beverly Hills manse, which was mere weeks away from foreclosure after the beleaguered 85-year-old legend defaulted on $4.8 million in loans with Countrywide. Alas, the inevitable catch: The buyer is Donald Trump, who boasted to the LA Times about his “honor” in leasing the home back to McMahon, adding, “When I was at the Wharton School of Business, I’d watch him every night. How could this happen?” More »