(Beverly Hills, California) - Reports that former Tonight Show announcer Ed McMahon was in danger of losing his multi-million dollar home to foreclosure were fabricated, it was revealed today by Mr. McMahon’s long-time friend, Dick Clark. “I set up the whole thing so we could use it on a new season of our show,” said Mr. Clark. Mr. Clark and Mr. McMahon share hosting duties for a program on the NBC television network entitled “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.” The show has been cancelled twelve times in the past twelve years.
“We spent months putting this thing together,” chuckled Mr. Clark. “The diversion of funds from his bank account that he thought was going toward his mortgage, the threatening letters, the late-night phone calls demanding immediate payment, the phony eviction notice, not to mention hiring the actors to play sheriff’s deputies in charge of throwing Ed and his family out into the street. It was hilarious, and viewers are going to be able to watch the whole thing on our first show.”
A preview clip available on YouTube shows a hysterical Mr. McMahon weeping and begging the “deputies” to give him more time. The “deputy” then hands Mr. McMahon a revolver, reminding him he’s “worth more dead than alive.” Mr. McMahon places the gun to his temple, but prior to pulling the trigger, is asked to look at a “hidden camera.” After being informed that he’s been had by his good friend Mr. Clark, Mr. McMahon begins to strangle the “deputy,” and the clip ends.
The season premiere of “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” airs September 9th on NBC.