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Ed McMahon: 1923-2009

With the passing of Ed McMahon, the book on a TV legacy is, sadly, closed forever.

Arguably the greatest emcee of all time, Ed – who served as Johnny Carson‘s Tonight Show announcer from 1962 to 1992 – died yesterday morning in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family.

CAPTION: "I had six years, two wars, 85 combat missions. I'm very proud of that," Ed (above) told us his military service.

"I had six years, two wars, 85 combat missions. I'm very proud of that," Ed (above) told us of his military service.

Though his publicist, Howard Bragman, gave no cause of death, he said the 86-year-old media icon had a “multitude of health problems the last few months.”

But it wasn’t long ago that Ed had us captivated with tales of his seven decades on television.

Appearing on The Andrea Shea King Show in November 2007, he recalled his first-ever job in the medium.

“In 1949, I started in Philadelphia, on a show called Take 10,” he told host Andrea Shea King.

“I was the host of a three-hour, daily, live variety show. I was the producer, I was the makeup man, I swept up the studio – whatever you had to do.

“I was on the air from 12 to three, and I was the happiest man in North America.”

Later in the show, Ed recounted working with Johnny (who died in 2005 at age 79) for the first time ever.

“I did a show with him called Who Do You Trust, on ABC. It was a quiz show in the afternoon, and it was live.

CAPTION: "We were pals. We were buddies," Ed said of Johnny (right).

"We were pals. We were buddies. We gravitated toward each other," Ed said of Johnny (right).

“[Johnny] hosted it and he had another announ- cer, named Bill Nimmo, who then got his own show.

“And I came up and auditioned for the show and I got the job, which was a lucky happenstance.

“On the very first show – here I am a little nervous, you can imagine; I’m relacing somebody, I want to do a good job, and I’ve got a script in front of me, and on the script it’s got the six responses of the day, plus [a commercial]: ‘Swan’s Down Cake Mixes, the mixes you can trust.’

“And I have to read this. Now, the audience at home doesn’t see me, of course. But the audience in the theater does.

“Johnny comes over and sets fire to my script. That’s the very first day I ever worked with him.

“That kind of sealed our 47 years of friendship. When he set fire to my script, I knew we were off and running.”

To hear Ed’s full interview, in which he also discusses his days in the U.S Marine Corps – where he first met Johnny – click here.

Della Reese: I Want to Return to TV – in Another Spiritual Show

For nine years, Della Reese warmed our hearts as Tess in the hit CBS series Touched by an Angel.

Della: Hoping to “touch” us once more.

Della: Hoping to “touch” us once more.

Now the legendary actress and singer says she’s aiming to return to the little screen.

Only this time, she’ll have more creative control.

“I’m writing a tele- vision show to go back to work on TV. I want to do some- thing in a spiritual vein. Sort of like Touched by an Angel,” Della tells REEL Ladies on the Spot host Nikki Love.

“I did nine years with Touched by an Angel and I want to do 10 years with this show that I’m writing,” adds the hard-working, 77-year-old entertainer.

“By that time, I might want to sit down. I’m not sure, but I might.”

CAPTION: Angel-ic cast (l-r): Della, Roma Downey, John Dye and Valerie Bertinelli.

Angel-ic cast (l-r): Della, Roma Downey, John Dye and Valerie Bertinelli.

Della also reveals why Johnny Carson chose her as a Tonight Show guest host – mak- ing her the first African-American woman to fill the late late-night king’s shoes.

She chats, as well, about her real-life role as a minister at the Under- standing Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles, telling Nikki:

“We call it the Up Church, because our message is up, our music is up and when you leave, you feel up!”

To hear Della’s full interview, click here.

Heeeeerrrrreeee’s Ed McMahon!

Editor’s Note: To read Ed’s June 23, 2009 obituary and appreciation, click here.

The man who originally made “Heeere’s Johnny!” two of the most famous words in the English language will be on BlogTalkRadio tonight. Ed McMahon!

McMahon Ed McMahon is famous for being Ed McMahon. He was Johnny Carson’s famous sidekick for years on The Tonight Show. He’s been an announcer on numerous shows and hosted blooper shows, greatest TV commercial shows, Star Search and of course, the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

He’ll be live tonight On A Conversation with Andrea and … Ed McMahon at 9pm ET. This is a rare opportunity to talk with Mr. McMahon, the man who sat beside the great Johnny Carson for all those many years and accomplished so many great things.

Heeeeerrrrreeee's Ed McMahon!

Editor’s Note: To read Ed’s June 23, 2009 obituary and appreciation, click here.

The man who originally made “Heeere’s Johnny!” two of the most famous words in the English language will be on BlogTalkRadio tonight. Ed McMahon!

McMahon Ed McMahon is famous for being Ed McMahon. He was Johnny Carson’s famous sidekick for years on The Tonight Show. He’s been an announcer on numerous shows and hosted blooper shows, greatest TV commercial shows, Star Search and of course, the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

He’ll be live tonight On A Conversation with Andrea and … Ed McMahon at 9pm ET. This is a rare opportunity to talk with Mr. McMahon, the man who sat beside the great Johnny Carson for all those many years and accomplished so many great things.