Ed McMahon has found a way to make some money! The strapped-for-cash 85-year old has signed a deal with FreeCreditReport.com to star in their new viral videos. And here's the kicker….he'll be rapping in them!
The videos feature McMahon wearing a tracksuit, being chauffeured around Los Angeles in a Cadillac Escalade golf cart and waxing lyrical about his very public financial troubles.
"I knew I could sing the blues, but I didn't know I could rap," McMahon said Wednesday.
FreeCreditReport.com vice president of strategic marketing Charles Harris said the company sought out McMahon to star in the spots after seeing him openly discuss his finances on Larry King Live. Harris said McMahon represents "a man who is taking charge."
In the first video, McMahon and a bodyguard are cruising through a neighborhood looking for sweepstakes winners to ask for some money back, but McMahon doesn't actually go through with it. In the second spot, McMahon dons a new suit after undergoing a financial and emotional makeover.
Here are some lines from one of the raps:
"When I retired, I was famous, I had money and glory/I bought a house for 6 mill/I thought nothing could touch me/Until my credit went south, and debt started to crunch me/Next thing I know, instead of playing gin rummy, I was scrambling just to make ends meet/It wasn't funny."
As for McMahon's real life issues, he's fighting foreclosure on his home in Beverly Hills. He's currently working out a deal with a private buyer. Ed says he and his wife are in it together. "We're a team. We're going to solve it together. We're going to work this out. I'm very optimistic. I'm an old Marine. I've been in two wars and have 85 combat missions under my belt. I've got a background of looking for the good stuff, going for the best way. My wife is with me 100 percent."
Hopefully these videos will become popular and add to his salary! He needs all the help he can get.