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Posted at 7:51 AM ET, 09/26/2008

Morning Mix: Ed McMahon Tries Rap

By Liz Kelly

Ed McMahon tries his hand at rap to promote an online credit reporting business. (Reuters)
Friday

Headlines: David Letterman keeps up verbal assault on John McCain... Britney Spears shoots racy new video... Porn portrait of Paris Hilton shown in New York... Renee Zellweger talks about breast cancer scare... Daniel Radcliffe makes Broadway debut... Pregnant Gillian Anderson takes a red carpet tumble at movie premiere... Paul McCartney performs in Israel... Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel romance in Rome... Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno on the loose at Milan fashion week... Terrence Howard loses his mother to cancer... Amy Winehouse continues to deteriorate.

Crime Watch: Busta Rhymes detained at British airport... Hayden Panettiere's dad charged with misdemeanor battery... Shia LaBeouf won't be charged with drunk driving in July crash.

Rumor Mill: Lindsay Lohan seeking protection order against dad Michael?... Jennifer Aniston back in touch with ex John Mayer?

By Liz Kelly  | September 26, 2008; 7:51 AM ET
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Comments

(OK, I was going to type something else instead of "Hey, JUDE" to celebrate Paul in Israel but I just cannot do it.)

Posted by: td | September 26, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

What is it with the fathers of starlets? Is there a huge promotion or discount whenever there are court dates to set up for these dads?

Posted by: unmute | September 26, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

L'Chaim, Sir Paul! (Only 43 years late, but who's counting?)

According to the linked article, Amy Winehouse admits she was "on the verge of a breakdown" and that "I can't go on like this." If that's not a cry for help, what is? Dad, mom, anyone... Are you in such denial, or don't any of you love her enough to get her the help she needs?

About John McCain's canceling his appearance on the Letterman show the night before, Paris Hilton told Letterman last night, "I heard he dissed you. He dissed me." Good line.

Today's the 110th anniversary of the birth of the great American composer George Gershwin. Kitty Carlisle claimed George once proposed to her, but of course there was no Celebritology back then to catch it and spread the news to the world.

Condolences to Terrence Howard on the death of his mother. Anyone who's lost a parent, especially after a long illness, can empathize.

Posted by: Nosy Parker | September 26, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I admit that I have no idea what the laws are in England, but surely, surely there is some provision about committing a person for their own safety. Forget friends and/or family, who clearly can't or won't take Amy in hand, where are the authorities? She's clearly a danger to herself and in the good ole US, a magistrate can put you in the looney bin based on a physician's assessment of that.

Posted by: sunnydaze wishes Amy well | September 26, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Kitty Carlisle claimed George once proposed to her, but of course there was no Celebritology back then to catch it and spread the news to the world.


Posted by: Nosy Parker | September 26, 2008 9:17 AM

Kitty Carlisle married a geigh.

Posted by: Tee hee | September 26, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Now that it is certain that Daniel Radcliffe has privacies, we can rest more easily.

It's always sad when older celebs make fools of themselves while trying to prove that they are relevant. Ed McMahon? It's time for your enema.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 26, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

-I don’t need to read the article the picture of Ed McMahon acting like a fool is heart-breaking.

-Condolences to Terrence Howard

Posted by: Lisa1 | September 26, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I add to the condolences to Terrence and his family.

I was going to make a crack about Amy having more lives than a cat in her downward spiral but it seems that she may have realized what she's doing to herself. If Brit and Lilo could do it maybe Amy can as well.

I don't know which one makes me want to weep more the people in the video with Ed or Ed.

Man o man is Letterman pissed.

Posted by: petal | September 26, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"Porn portrait of Paris Hilton" isn't what you think it is, although that label may be redundant. Details in the article raise the question of how Yeo got Tony Blair, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rupert Murdoch and Prince Philip together to pose for a portrait?

Posted by: Red Dragon | September 26, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Didn't read the article, but Renee Zellweger talking about her "breast cancer scare" made me wonder if she's not angling for the kind of public relations bump that Christina Applegate got. I never liked RZ.

Posted by: WDC | September 26, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Ed McMahon's playing with fire. If Regis decides to do his own rap video, it could reignite the East Coast/West Coast rap wars of the early 90s that claimed the lives of Biggie and 2Pac.

Posted by: byoolizzle says No' shizzle. | September 26, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

That's not Amy Winehouse.

That's some hideous Resident Evil/Night of the Living Dead/George Romero-esque experiment that went horribly wrong & instead of screaming for "BRAAAAIINNSSSS!!!! it wobbles about onstage in filthy ballet slippers, mauls children & paparazzi, & makes feeble attempts to sing in it's once glorious voice.

Oh not that the screaming for brains thing ain't gonna happen, it just happened yet cause she's always hopped up on goofballs.

But if she ever gets clean...WATCH OUT IT'S BRAIN MUNCHER CITY!!

Posted by: Bored @ work | September 26, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Ed McMahon's playing with fire. If Regis decides to do his own rap video, it could reignite the East Coast/West Coast rap wars of the early 90s that claimed the lives of Biggie and 2Pac.

Posted by: byoolizzle says No' shizzle. | September 26, 2008 9:53 AM

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Ahh, there's the jolt I needed to get my snark gland working this morning.


Posted by: Dorkus | September 26, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH:

Wu-Tang Clan has asked Ed McMahon to join there group to replace former deceased member ODB. McMahon will now be known as No Credit B@st@rd.


Posted by: Dorkus | September 26, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Wu-Tang forever!

Posted by: Liz Kelly | September 26, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Ooooh lordy! I can see Daniel's treasure trail in that photo. Makes me feel like a perverted ole lady.

Posted by: jelo | September 26, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Re Paris' comment to David Letterman: Do people still say "dissed"?

Photo caption of Ed McMahon should read " Ed McMahon, getting in touch with his roots, taken for outing from the Home by distant relatives in spiffy new pajamas"

I was ready to make snark about the photographers snapping poor preggers Gillian Anderson sprawled on the floor but saw there was no photo. Glad to know there is some compassion in the world but why couldn't they have stopped Diddy before he stepped in the dog s#$%!

Yes, Amy is now crying out for help and I hope she gets it. No fun to pick on her anymore.

Condolences to Terrence Howard as well.

Posted by: hodie | September 26, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Though I am sadden to hear about Terrence Howard's mother, I still can't think of him of without remembering the whole baby wipes statement. He did a voiceover for a Toyota commercial, I couldn't even listen to it without thinking of baby wipes. How do I make it go away?

http://www.elle.com/featurefullstory/11447/terrence-howard.html

Posted by: Rissa | September 26, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for reminding me about Gershwin's birthday, NP, I have now cued up 'Rhapsody in Blue' on my iPod. What brilliance.

Posted by: b | September 26, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The Ed McMahon fiasco reminds me of the time that Pat Boone went punk on an awards show, complete with studded collar and leather vest w/ no shirt.
Truly pathetic.

Posted by: jlr | September 26, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Ed McMahon desperate for money?

Posted by: Ame | September 26, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I'll give Ed McMahon as pass on the rapping, the man needs money, I'm sure a few of us have done some things that looking back we weren't proud of when we needed money.

At the risk of bringing politics into the comments, I agree with Letterman. It would have been one thing if John McCain had just said that he felt it was better to do the Evening News interview instead of the Late Show. But to lie like that, to say that you have to rush back to DC, but then to give a speech and and interview and not leave until the next day is just wrong. For a guy running on a platform of honor and integrity, he certainly wasn't acting the part on Wednesday. (Alright back to light-hearted celeb snark)

Posted by: Dorkus | September 26, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Who would ask Amy Winehouse to be godmother to their kid? A pen pal from jail?

Posted by: possum | September 26, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Pat Boone sings (unfortunately without video)...

Black Sabbath's "Crazy Train": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g9IedgMOwc

Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiV6Lnd-p54

Van Halen's "Panama":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoxMajTu90g


I'd pay real money if only he'd sing the Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk To F***" or the Sex Pistols' "Bodies."

Posted by: byoolin really would. | September 26, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

i heart letterman. it was comedy. he would have done the same thing to anybody who dissed him like that. remember his exchange with oprah? why should a candidate be immune?

Posted by: b | September 26, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see the pix on TV last night of Sarah Palin in her red 1-piece swimsuit and white high heels from the Miss Alaska competition? Not surprising she lost, cuz she already had a poochy tummy, and that was before 5 kids. I shudder to think how bad the damage must be now.

Posted by: my eyes! | September 26, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Weird, Spam slips through, but the system eats my comment from earlier today. Stupid system.

Wow, Dave sounds really pissed off. I suppose I might be to if I had been lied to bald faced. Bringing on one of McCain's biggest critics is certainly an un-subtle way to show it.

Wouldn't it me more newsy if Britney Spears wasn't making a racy video?

Posted by: EricS | September 26, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Craig Ferguson warns McCain and his audience, "If you cross David Letterman, you cross me!", on The Late Late Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DT3Dest47U

Posted by: to EricS, b and Dorkus | September 26, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the Stepford kinda thing going on at the OP blog?

Posted by: huh? | September 26, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are you screaming?

noyb

Posted by: regular | September 26, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I know better, but I did it anyway. I clicked the Amy Winehouse link. Never again. I need mental floss. I keep having visions of paparazzi vultures circling the carrion. I wonder if the UK has an equivalent to our 72-hour involuntary commitment law? Not that 72 hours would be sufficient in this case, but anything to get started.

Posted by: hermespal | September 26, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Why are you screaming?

noyb

Posted by: regular | September 26, 2008 12:25 PM

Someone skipped their meds today....

Posted by: Whoa! | September 26, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Someone, anyone, need to just throw Amy Winehouse into an ambulance, take her to an undisclosed location, and help that woman get back to some semblance of humanity. Britney was never that bad.

Posted by: jelo | September 26, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Pat Boone singing metal is something. Like that? Try Steve and Eydie singing Soundgarden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hZmWjQjHg0

Posted by: td loves their *black hole sun* | September 26, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"...she grabbed and hugged Dionne as she tried to perform"

I hope that poor girl's shots are up to date.

Posted by: Californian | September 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm having a problem reconciling Paul McCartney singing both "Give Peace a Chance" and "Live and Let Die." Is it me? At least the crowd in Tel Aviv was spared "Ebony and Ivory" and "Say, Say, Say".

Though I would've loved to have heard him sing, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" just to have the confused audience saying, "butter pie?"

Posted by: td | September 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Didn't read the article, but Renee Zellweger talking about her "breast cancer scare" made me wonder if she's not angling for the kind of public relations bump that Christina Applegate got. I never liked RZ.

Posted by: WDC | September 26, 2008 9:51 AM

The cynical schnitz wondered the same thing myself.

The charitable schnitz considered that maybe the interviewer brought up the subject and published her response as "news".

The cynical schnitz won.

Posted by: schnitz | September 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think we need a second Manhattan Project ship to accommodate all of the horrendous parents or relatives of celebs. Tickets pre-issued for both Lohans (sorry luvlinsey) and Haden's dad, Lynne Spears, Whats-his-name Ciccone...anyone else spring to mind?

Posted by: hermespal | September 26, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, almost forgot: Billy Ray Cyrus, your ticket is at Will Call.

Posted by: hermespal | September 26, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

hermespal, you should include those people who capitalize on their "special" families and force their kids to grow up in front of the camera, including Jon & Kate and the Little People Big World parents.

Posted by: hodie | September 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

hodie, don't know who you mean by those references...

But Denise Richards fits your criteria, right? On the other hand, she already has a ticket on the original MP ship.

Posted by: hermespal | September 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

They have shows on TLC.

How about Debbie Phelps? She is not necessarily a bad parent but she is capitalizing big time on her son's success. I don't really admire that at all.

Posted by: hodie | September 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

other nominees for the Manhattan Project: the Cruises with first class upgrade, Madonna for baby stealing from Africa, Brangelina for dragging their kids around like luggage.

We are sounding dangerously like the OP site. Gonna stop now.

Posted by: hodie is putting too much thought into this | September 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

hermespal, you should include those people who capitalize on their "special" families

Like the parents of Trig Palin.

Posted by: anon for this, so Liz won't bash me | September 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

And include the Duggar family - who have 16 or 17 kids.

Posted by: jlr | September 26, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

And include the Duggar family - who have 16 or 17 kids.

Posted by: jlr | September 26, 2008 4:10 PM

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Those nutty Duggars may be going on 18 by now.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 26, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Wu-Tang Clan has asked Ed McMahon to join there group to replace former deceased member ODB. McMahon will now be known as No Credit B@st@rd."

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Anyone who thinks that Dorkus' above remark is not hilarious has absolutely NO sense of humor.

Posted by: That MR Liz's Pet Sasquatch to you, MoFo! | September 27, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

RIP Paul Newman.

Posted by: Nosy Parker is choking back tears | September 27, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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