Gooooodbye Ed McMahon!
Venerable entertainer, Ed McMahon, best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick for 30 years on "The Tonight Show," died this morning in Los Angeles. He may be the most well known sidekick of all time and while other late-night variety shows copied the format none imitated the Carson/McMahon success. Carson's replacement Jay Leno never added a sidekick and still experienced great success.
However are we seeing a throwback to the olden days on NBC? Conan O'Brien, who took over the helm from Leno this month as "The Tonight Show's" latest host, seems to be tipping his hat to Carson and McMahon with a second banana of his own, Andy Richter.
While we wonder, below are some clips of Ed McMahon in the heyday of his career. The first exhibits the popular nightly back-and-forth banter between the sidekick and his partner. The second is one of McMahon's popular 1980's commercials when he was the spokesman for the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes.
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