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Ed McMahon, RIP

Tonightshow Ed McMahon, who turned the job of second-banana into a first-class career, died Tuesday after a long fight with cancer and other illnesses. McMahonspent 35 years as Johnny Carson's sidekick on two different shows. Though his role on both the 1950s game Who Do You Trust and the Tonight Show consisted of little more than laughing heartily at Johnny Carson's jokes -- and, of course, opening the Tonight Show with a resounding "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" -- McMahon managed to spin it off into innumerable commercial pitches. As recently as February's Super Bowl, he was hilariously mocking himself 2009 in an ad forCash4Gold, repeating his final line on the Tonight Show  -- "Goodbye, old friend" -- to a solid-gold toilet, then braying, "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's money!" He was 86.

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