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18. Nobody pronounced Ed McMahon’s name right

As Carson’s sidekick on the Tonight Show, Ed McMahon was a vital component on the program. And so you would think that they would at least get his name right. Not so. Celebrities – and even Carson himself – would pronounce it “Mc-Man,” despite the fact that it’s actually “Mc-Mah-yon.” The error irritated the energetic announcer, so much so that he would loudly correct the uninitiated.

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17. … Although McMahon was compensated in other ways

Yes, despite being shafted with regards to his own name, McMahon ultimately benefited from the input of one of the show’s associate producers. His incredibly iconic “Hi-Yo!” line was taken from said producer, and the borrowed phrase sent the crowd into raptures.

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16. Carson threatened to quit the show in 1979

Boy, how different would the show’s ’80s run have been if Carson had quit in 1979? Carson’s threat to leave the Tonight Show had studio execs in a panic, which ultimately, worked in his favor. The famous host was rewarded with an increase in his yearly salary, bumping him up to $5 million dollars. On top of that, his work schedule was reduced, which meant the show was cut from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.

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