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Ed McMahon sued over $100k loan09.30.08

I think Ed McMahon needs a hug.tjndc5-5b4ce6abjeucuqyleo0_original.jpg

First, he reveals this summer he’s in massive debt and facing foreclosure on his house. Then Donald Trump agrees to help him out, then decides not to.

Now, a company owned by the late Merv Griffin, of game show fame, has sued Ed McMahon over a $100,000 loan given to him in 2005 that he hasn’t paid back.

Poor guy. Lets hope those Freecreditreport.com commercials that he’s agreed to do are going to spot him some dough.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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Ed McMahon to rap in credit commercials09.25.08

He’s putting the “yo” back in “hi-yo.”

That’s right, the folks who bring you the nauseating Freecreditreport.com commercials have snatched up Ed McMahon to rap in a string of upcoming commercials in October.tjndc5-5b3yn5dt1ahgptpw6m5_original.jpg

According  to the Associated Press,  McMahon will wear a tracksuit in the commercial and rap about his very public financial troubles. Oh, and he’s supposed to be chauffeured by a golf cart in the videos.

Fantastic. I’ll definitely post the commercial here on the Suburbarazzi blog once I find it.

(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

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No, YOU’RE fired: Ed McMahon nixes Donald Trump’s offer to buy McMahon-sion08.23.08

I can’t say I’m surprised Donald Trump was yet again speaking too soon and with too much self-assurance, but still.

eddonald.jpgDespite previous reports to the contrary (sorry!), Ed McMahon agreed to sell his house to a private buyer but reportedly not to the Westchester real estate maven, who said he was in talks to buy the home and lease it to the former talk-show sidekick. McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, had defaulted on $4.8 million in loans.

McMahon is slated to move out after the sale. Maybe he should call Mark Cronin to see if the next season of “The Surreal Life” will allow him to bunk with Carrot Top.

(AP Photo of McMahon/Matt Sayles; AP Photo of Trump/Jason DeCrow.)

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Yes! Ed McMahon-sion to be paid off by Donald Trump08.15.08

It’s like Ed McMahon won his own Publisher’s Clearing House contest.

ed.jpgTo borrow his legalese from those old commercials, it appears the former talk-show sidekick “may already have won” freedom from immediate worry stemming from the foreclosure of his Beverly Hills mansion, thanks to Donald Trump.

Although the details were still being worked out, the Westchester real estate maven said would it “would be an honor” to help him by buying it for an undisclosed amount and leasing it to McMahon, according to yesterday’s Los Angeles Times.

McMahon, 85, has lived in the house for 18 years, but his family once called Bronxville home. He had defaulted on $4.8 million in mortgage loans with Countrywide Financial Corp.

“I don’t know the man, but I grew up watching him on TV,” Trump told the L.A. Times. “When I was at the Wharton School of Business, I’d watch him every night. How could this happen?”

Maybe it was lofty spending beyond McMahon’s means. Maybe his divorce settlements took unexpected tolls. Maybe his daughter’s legal fees spiraled out of control. Or maybe he invested tens of millions in “Tonight Show” action figures. OK, that last one isn’t likely, but I like the image of his mansion basement packed with thousands of tiny plastic Doc Severinsens holding trumpet rocket launchers. Collect them all!

Trump’s offer seems generous, but let’s hope McMahon doesn’t have to compete on “The Celebrity Apprentice” to win back his house. That’d be a dramatic finale:

“Ed, you’re fired. Steve Guttenberg, welcome to Ed McMahon’s mansion!”

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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‘Razzi Rundown: Where alliteration lives, puns are fun and timeliness is optional08.01.08

Disclaimer: I’m an avid reader of BestWeekEver.tv, one of my favorite non-LoHud blogs out there these days. So if this quick-hitter format and source material looks familiar, it is, and I’m coming clean with that up-front. Plagiarism kills, kids!

jayz.jpgRINGDOM COME: New Scarsdale resident Jay-Z is finally wearing a wedding ring these days. You might have “the hottest chick in the game wearin’ (your) chain,” Shawn, but Beyoncé seems pretty intent on your wearing jewels of Hova matrimony. (Source: MollyGood via BestWeekEver.tv)

MUNCH SINGS!: My friend and comedienne extraordinaire Abbi Crutchfield caught comedian Richard Belzer’s recent act at Comix, where he was lauded by Robert Klein of Briarcliff Manor from the crowd and backed by Bedford’s Paul Shaffer and the Belzonics on stage. No word on if Ice-T offered similar musical collaboration, which surely would have been accompanied by the echoey “Law & Order” gavel. (Source: The Apiary)

PANETTIERE IS FRENCH FOR ‘PARKING ANYWHERE’: “Heroes” star and Palisades native Hayden Penettiere appears to have been busted for a parking violation. It’s unknown if similar fines are pending for a subpar second season. (Source: I’m Not Obsessed via BestWeekEver.tv)

BA-ED NEWS, GOO-ED NEWS: Ed McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, is being sued for money he allegedly owes his daughter’s divorce attorney. At least his new gig helping out Jimmy Kimmel will help Ed pay off his McMahon-sion. Hiyo! (Source: E!)

VIEIRON MAIDEN: With Irvington resident Meredith Vieira on lead vocals, former Yorktown resident Al Roker on drums and former Chappaqua-Ardsley-Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer on “guitar,” the Today Show’s attempt to play Rock Band is almost as bizarre as the Willard Scott ditty that follows it. (Source: BestWeekEver.tv.)

(AP Photo/Darryl Dyck,THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Podcast: June 1106.11.08

On the big show this week: Dave Matthews vs. Mel Gibson, Ed McMahon vs. The Bank, and Howard Stern no longer vs. Rosie O’Donnell.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: On Sunday night, O’Donnell appeared on “Million Dollar Password” and helped Yonkers resident Dante Mercadante win $50,000. While giving clues, which of the following words did Rosie successfully get Mercadante to say?

A. Grease
B. Trump
C. View

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Clearing house? Ed McMahon fighting to keep Beverly Hills home06.04.08

Hi-ohhh no!

ed.jpgFormer “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon is fighting foreclosure on his multimillion-dollar house in Beverly Hills, according to Yahoo News.

Sadly, this doesn’t appear to be a prank that retroactively will be featured on “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.”

McMahon, whose family lived in Bronxville about 40 years ago, was $644,000 behind on payments on $4.8 million in mortgage loans earlier this year. And attempts to sell the house over the last two years have failed, perhaps in part because McMahon lives near Britney Spears, whose paparazzi could scare off prospective buyers.

It’s the latest setback for the 85-year-old legend, who has been struggling to work since breaking his neck 18 months ago. Hi-owww.

(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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Unlike members of ‘Making the Band,’ Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to be immortalized on Walk of Fame01.07.08

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Mount Vernon-raised Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the newest celebrity to be represented on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony scheduled for this Friday.

In a quote posted by Hip Hop Galaxy, Combs was thrilled about the honor during an interview conducted by Jaime Foxx on Foxx’s Sirius satellite radio show:

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I’m from Harlem, New York, so to get a star in Hollywood is just mind-blowing. You can get a lot of things but when you see those stars on the ground… that’s something I can’t even say I dreamed of and to be getting recognized for it is definitely something I’m gonna have my whole family out there for.

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I’m not taking anything away from Harlem, and he might have mentioned Mount Vernon at another point during the interview, but here’s hoping he shows more love for his Westchester roots.

Arguably, Diddy’s least relevant contribution to pop culture could be his rapping skills. (His most memorable lyrics might be a tie between “Uh” and “Yeah” on Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.”) But as a music producer, clothing mogul and music icon, it’s hard to argue against his overall success. Even if he’s merely famous for being famous, he’s done it successfully for more than a decade.

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Suburbarazzo finds LoHud stars all over Walk of Fame07.24.07

Hey, ‘Burbies! Guess where I was for a long-weekend vacation?

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For those of you who guessed “Knoxville,” you clearly missed all those Reading is Fundamental public service announcements from the ’80s. Ah, yes. Tinseltown. Even in the warm California sun, Suburbarazzi was on my mind. I mean, how couldn’t it be? Strolling the Walk of Fame caused for moments of celebration and inspiration. Observe:

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Sarah Lawrence College alumna Barbara Walters inspires me to strike a pensive pose. What kind of tree would I be?

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I can’t really think of a good pose for former Bronxville resident Ed McMahon, so I do my best to look stately and interested. Or just feel inclined to punch my hip. “Yes!”

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Here I am next to the star of former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers. I’m pulling the skin back on my face. Botox, shmotox.

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Vanessa Williams (a.k.a. belated birthday girl) claims star on Walk of Fame03.20.07

After turning 44 on Sunday, Vanessa Williams hiked it to Los Angeles to claim her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. Even when she returns to Chappaqua, her star will continue to shine from the pavement of 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Quite a week for Ms. Williams!

According to Wikipedia, Williams follows the path of fellow Walk of Fame Lohudders, including Bedford residents Chevy Chase (7021 Hollywood Blvd.) and Donald Trump (6801 Hollywood Blvd.), Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon (also 6801 Hollywood Blvd.), former Larchmont resident Joan Rivers and former Bronxville resident Ed McMahon (both at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.).

Not to take anything away from Williams’ special day, but it’s important to remember that the Walk of Fame includes both Marlon Brando and Ryan Seacrest. Interpret that as you will.

(Associated Press file photo by Jim Cooper.)

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You think Ed McMahon’s sloshed in this ‘Tonight Show’ clip? You are (probably) correct, sir.02.07.07

I’m not saying the former Bronxville resident was blitzed for a segment on “The Tonight Show.” But thanks to a vintage clip on YouTube, we learn that Johnny Carson all but confirms this allegation, saying his sidekick “had a few martinis” and was “off the edge.” And Ed’s not arguing.

Watch the clip, complete with awkward silences and exchanges, and decide for yourself why Ed became fodder for “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes.”

(Associated Press file photo by Reed Saxon)

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What Willis et al. have been talkin’ about11.28.06

References to former Bronxville residents Ed McMahon and President John F. Kennedy, as well as a hand-gestur-ific quote from Bedford resident Donald Trump, are among TV Land’s 100 top television catchphrases, whose ranking will be revealed in five parts on the network starting Dec. 11.

McMahon’s “Heeeere’s Johnnyâ€? introduction to “The Tonight Showâ€? joins quotes both by and about Kennedy, including the prez’s own “Ask not what your country can do for you” speech and Lloyd Bentsen’s “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” quip to master speller Dan Quayle.

The owner of the Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor and the greatest hyperboles in the tri-county area once uttered his Top-100 phrase “You’re fired� to Eastchester High School alumna Ereka Vetrini.

TV Land offers a pretty comprehensive list, but I’m disappointed that more lines uttered by regional residents missed the cut, including:

  • “From the home-office in Sioux City, Iowa….”– North Salem resident David Letterman.
  • “I’m Chevy Chase, and you’re not.â€? – Bedford resident Chevy Chase.
  • “It’s a good thing.â€? – Bedford resident Martha Stewart.
  • “Homer, we’re out of vodka.” – Greenwich, Conn., resident Ron Howard to Homer Simpson on “The Simpsons.â€?

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