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Paula Abdul To Host Star Search, Find The World’s Best Spokesmodel

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Good news to anyone suffering from Paula Abdul withdrawal…America’s favorite incoherent judge of talent is coming back to television. EW is reporting that Paula is finalizing a deal with ABC to host a reboot of Star Search. We give this idea three and three quarter stars! (We watched that show way too often as a kid.)

The new version of the show is slated to launch this summer, presumably after American Idol is finished for the year so there won’t be any direct competition with her former employer. ABC reps refused to comment on the specifics of the deal, but we’re most interested in what kind of money Paula will be making. After all, money is the reason she left Idol, so we hope her new gig will compensate well. Otherwise, she’ll be left shilling for Cash-4-Gold like her predecessor, Ed McMahon. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Ed McMahon Passes Away At 86

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Sad news today: veteran television personality and former Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon passed away this morning at the age of 86, at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. McMahon was recently treated for pneumonia and had been in failing health for several months.

McMahon rose to fame as Johnny Carson‘s sidekick on the Tonight Show for 30 years, from 1962 until 1992, when Carson retired.  TV junkies will also remember him for his stints as host of TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Star Search, and most recently this year’s Superbowl ad for Cash4Gold.com, which spoofed his own financial problems. Without McMahon, there would be no “Heeeere’s Johnny!” or “You may have already won ten million dollars,” references in pop culture; the man was a comedy legend whose legacy will be remembered for a long time. McMahon is survived by his wife Pamela and five children.  [CNN. Photo: WireImage]

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The Newest MC: Ed McMahon

Financially devastated Ed McMahon is getting into the rap game to solve his troubles. The 85-year-old, who in June revealed he was fighting foreclosure after falling $644,000 behind on his mortgage payments, will star in two viral videos for financial web site FreeCreditReport.com.

In the first video, Ed, the former face of the American Family Publishing sweepstakes, 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 video, McMahon dons a new suit after undergoing a financial and emotional makeover.

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