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Ed McMahon Math

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I did the math and figured out something certainly worth noting about Ed McMahon which has been lost in all the talk about his money matters.

 

Ed said on Larry King's CNN show that he fell and broke his neck 18 months ago. So, that would mean that Ed did Telethon 2007 not only with a broken neck but also without wearing that neckbrace.

 

That does explain why he seemed off his fastball, especially early in the show (although he got stronger later). There had to be a lot of medicating going on just to stand up.

 

On top of that (correct me if I'm wrong) but didn't Ed still do an hour or two more than Jerry?

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My theory is this:

 

The two surgeries he's had for his neck I bet were following Telethon 2007. Maybe he originally injured his neck last year, and something happened later that aggravated the injury requiring surgery.

 

Not only on the telethon but also when appearing on Larry King in Aug 07 (about Merv Griffin's death) and on the Today Show two weeks following the telethon he did not have a neckbrace.

 

Ed has never been reported in the press as wearing a neckbrace until this year (I think this March). I wonder if the wearing of the neckbrace started after the surgeries.

 

Ed has always pulled in a few more hours than Jerry in recent years, although Ed's anchor role allows him to pace himself.

 

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I'm of the opinion that he actually DIDN'T injury his neck 18 months ago. I think he and Jerry just do senile-type jokes (something I wish they would stop). I think they're both doing great; Jerry is planning a Broadway show and Ed wrote a book and AFTER the Telethon (07) began to promote it. So I don't think his neck was broken at all 18 months ago, not even 12 months ago (as the Telethon hasn't been a year ago yet). I think it happened 8 months ago and he mistakenly added ten months.

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If he actually broke his neck 8 months ago and mistakenly added 10 months to the time, then he really IS senile! :wacko:

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If he actually broke his neck 8 months ago and mistakenly added 10 months to the time, then he really IS senile! :wacko:

 

Can we all try to keep some class around here. A comment like that is something you usually see at AOL.

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Maybe the legal reasons have to do with how or where he broke his neck. Could there be a lawsuit involved? Just guessing.

 

Can we all try to keep some sense of humor here? After all, Big Ed and JL both make jokes about being old and senile. Lord love 'em. We're just glad they're still with us, old and senile and warts and all.

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Boo, I agree. Ed is probably involved in some sort of slip and fall law suit. I hope that is the case and he can garner some sort of settlement so he can use the money to pay his bills, keep his house and not be evicted and thrown out on the street.

What a horrible thought that this great man could end up homeless with his wife and seven dogs. :unsure:

I worry though, if there is a lawsuit, many times when a victim of Ed's age is involved the party being sued will have their lawyers drag it out as long as possible hoping that the victim will just die in the meantime. The situation comes to mind when the great jazz singer Peggy Lee was suing The Disney Company over profits from the sales of video tapes and dvds of the animated classic "Lady and the Tramp" in which she provided her voice and songs. In the original contract with Walt Disney she was to share in the profits of any rerelease of the film. Well, the team of Disney lawyers gave her the works and strung it out for years until she died. And as far as I know Peggy Lee or her family never received a penny in that case.

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That is a terrible possibility. All we can do it hope everything works out okay for him.

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HOORAY for JAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :J-Clapping:

http://www.hollywood.com/news/Jay_Leno_Voi...McMahon/5253098

 

So what if it's more en vogue to be a Letterman fan, Jay Leno, publicly, has been a nothing short than a class act...

 

...from when he took over Johnny's show to this gesture -- and I'm sure beyond.

 

When Johnny Carson died, Ed was on Leno that same week -- no theories why he was not on Letterman's superb tribute to Johnny.

 

Now, with that said...

 

...ANYBODY can fall victim to financial precariousness.

 

Ed'll be OK, nonetheless!

 

Even our beloved Sammy died while still paying for his home.

 

And, while I'm at it, Elvis -- who should've been worth hundreds of millions -- only had a couple mil' in one or two bank accounts when he passed on.

 

I think "born performers" function believing they can always survive.

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Jay was even sweet enough to publicize his generosity! :shy:

 

Sorry! Someone had to inject a tiny measure of cynicism into this story. It doesn't take away from the gesture. And I'm sure Jay really is a good guy.

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I didn't know it was more en vogue to be a Letterman fan, but then there's so much I don't know.

 

I do, however, have the urge at times to send a note to Leno, et alii, that perhaps they'd better go look in a mirror before they start insulting others by calling them ugly. :newroll:

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From TMZ:

 

Ed's Wife-- Shopping Him Into the Poorhouse

Posted Jun 17th 2008 12:00PM by TMZ Staff

 

The one word that's turning Ed McMahon from baller to beggar: Plastic.

 

Sources tell us Pamela, Ed's wife of 16 years, is literally spending him onto the street. We hear she's completely "oblivious" to their cash troubles, and shops like their life depended on it. Her AmEx bill is legendary -- the couple reportedly owes them nearly $750K.

 

That's an issue for Ed's friends, who are conflicted about bailing him out. They don't want to see their 85-year-old friend foreclosed on, but they're also not thrilled about supporting Pamela's passion for Prada.

 

Ed's rep says Pamela's not "extravagant."

 

 

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The saga continues. Personally I don't buy the "I haven't worked in 18 months because of my broken neck" story. Ed does many commercials. Most are voiceovers. You don't even have to be on camera for that. It just sounds like bad planning and an extravagant wife.

 

Citibank sues Ed McMahon for outstanding debts

 

Jun 20, 7:48 PM (ET)

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citibank is suing Ed McMahon, seeking to recoup nearly $200,000 lent to the financially strapped Hollywood icon, court records show. Citibank filed the lawsuit against McMahon in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 9, according to the documents. The bank's suit seeks at least $179,687 in damages as well as attorney's fees on debt incurred within the past four years.

 

The former "Tonight Show" sidekick and "Star Search" host has faced mounting money problems since it was revealed earlier this month that he was $644,000 behind on payments on his Beverly Hills home. The lender, Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC), filed a default notice on the home in late February.

 

McMahon's publicist Howard Bragman said Friday that the McMahons had not yet been served with the lawsuit and will not comment on their personal finances.

 

McMahon and his wife, Pamela, went on CNN'S Larry King Live earlier his month and described a litany of financial troubles, including a poor economy and McMahon's inability to work as a pitchman since he broke his neck 18 months ago.

 

"If you spend more money than you make, you know what happens," McMahon told King.

 

A phone message left with the San Jose, Calif., law firm representing Citibank was not immediately returned Friday.

 

The Citibank lawsuit was first reported by the entertainment news Web site CelebTV.com.

 

http://apnews1.iwon.com/article/20080620/D91E453O0.html

 

 

 

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Since this story has nothing to do with the Telethon - it's been moved to the Hollywood thread...

 

 

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I've been thinking this for quite a while, so I might as well express it. Have you ever noticed that many "big men" in the entertainment business lose their (_!_)'s by always chasing after and marrying younger women? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad some of Big Ed's friends (Jay Leno -- maybe more(?)) are helping him out, but where were they when we lost everything but our house and one old beat up car during the "Oil Boom Bust" in Oklahoma? :unsure:

 

By the way, we worked hard to clear up our credit, finally paid off the house (such as it is), can get anything we want on credit, but we don't have the $$ to repay a large loan, the knowledge of which is key here, so I suppose the car we now have will have to last us until we die. It's a good thing I like it! :smile: Too bad "wealthy" people haven't learned to spend within their means.

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Update:

 

Ed McMahon recovering from neck surgery

 

Jul 11, 5:58 PM (ET)

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ed McMahon was recuperating Friday following his third neck surgery.

 

The 85-year-old former "Tonight" show sidekick previously said he had injured himself in a fall before the possible foreclosure of his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills house.

 

"Ed had his third and hopefully final neck surgery today at an L.A. hospital," McMahon's publicist Howard Bragman told The Associated Press on Friday. "He's awake, alert and resting comfortably, and the McMahon family is grateful for all the prayers and good wishes."

 

McMahon appeared in a neck brace on CNN's "Larry King Live" on June 5 and said he had stopped working since he broke his neck in a fall 18 months ago. Citibank filed suit June 20 against McMahon seeking to recoup nearly $200,000 lent to the former pitchman for the American Family Publishers' sweepstakes and "Star Search" host. McMahon was $644,000 behind on payments on his Beverly Hills home.

 

 

 

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Eighty-five years old, three surgeries for a broken neck and facing motgage foreclosure -- and I think I've got problems!

yahoo_shamrock.gifGood luck, Big Ed. yahoo_shamrock.gif

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Ed McMahon Sues Over Neck Injury

Jul 18, 2008 6:26 pm US/Pacific

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Ed McMahon sued a hospital, two doctors and an investment tycoon Friday over a neck injury he has said has left him unable to work, a circumstance he has blamed for his recent money woes.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount, claiming negligence, battery, elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, two doctors, and the owner of a home where he says he fell in March 2007.

The former "The Tonight Show" sidekick claims that Cedars-Sinai and its doctors originally discharged him with a broken neck and didn't adequately conduct two surgeries. McMahon's suit states his cardiologist later discovered that his neck was broken.

Cedars-Sinai has not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on the allegations, said Simi Singer, a hospital spokeswoman.

Also named in the lawsuit is Robert Day, who owns an investment firm and has been on Forbes' list of richest Americans in previous years, and his wife. McMahon claims a ramp-like staircase where he attended a dinner party was "unsafe" because it was poorly lit and lacked handrails.

A message left after hours at Day's company was not returned Friday afternoon.

The lawsuit gives new insights into the neck injuries McMahon discussed in a recent appearance on "Larry King Live." McMahon, 85, explained that he was unable to work as a pitchman because of his injuries -- and that is why he fell $644,000 behind on mortgage payments on his Beverly Hills home.

"If you spend more money than you make, you know what happens," McMahon said at the time. "You know, a couple of divorces thrown in, a few things like that. And, you know, things happen."

McMahon has had to undergo three surgeries to try to repair his neck, the lawsuit states. The most recent one was performed on July 11.

McMahon's suit includes letters mailed earlier this year to the hospital informing them a lawsuit could be filed.

"We had hoped to avoid a lawsuit, but our discussions were not fruitful and we were left with no other option. That being said, we believe our suit has great merit and we expect a favorable resolution," said Howard Bragman, spokesman for Ed McMahon.

McMahon's mounting money problems include a lawsuit against him by Citibank, which is trying to recoup nearly $200,000 it said it loaned McMahon and his wife, Pam.

(© 2008 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed)

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I guess if all else fails, you sue. I don't believe it's anyones fault but his own.

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I guess that is true. I guess it's hard to save money when you make so much, you just want to spend it. And because you make so much you think you will never have any problems financially, until something like this happens. I wish him the best of luck that he will not lose everything. I thought I had heard several months back that Jay Leno and the crew from The Tonight Show were getting together to raise money to help him out? Or was that just a rumor? :dunno:

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