So The Mandela Effect Is: Was Ed McMahon ever the spokesman for Publishers Clearing House?
The answer is surprisingly No! This effect has shocked many people who would absolutely swear that he was.
This is an interesting New Mandela effect firstly, because SO many people remember this as truth and secondly, because there is still a substantial amount of public “residual” evidence to back it up.
This does not only apply to the amount of people who swore that one day “Ed was going to show up on their doorstep with a huge check” (such as in this clip from the Golden Girls From Season 2 Episode 2.)
Golden Girls YouTube Video Where Rose Claims Ed McMahon is coming from Publishers Clearing house
But then there is an actual Ed McMahon Autobiography clip that states the same thing. Seeing as the program was literally about the life of Ed McMahon – that would be a pretty big error for producers to make.
CNN also made reference to his being a spokesperson for Publishers when he passed away. This is a network you would hope did a little background research. (Sorry I realize that might be a silly thing to say during this current news climate.)
One of the bigger pieces of residual proof however is this clip in 1991 where Johnny Carson appeared on David Letterman holding a huge check and sure enough it does say Publishers Clearing House on it. Though obviously a joke – you would assume Johnny was aware who Ed actually worked for.
Where The Confusion Might Lie: The truth is that Ed McMahon was a spokesman for a company called American Family Publishers. A much smaller company that went out of business fairly quickly. Here is a video below:
So I guess we can possibly see how a very famous personality could be confused with hawking a very famous Sweepstakes Company. However, this is still an effect that people will actually swear by. So far 100% of the people I personally polled swear that this is/was the truth. I personally haven’t found a single doubter yet, but maybe the poll below will show differently.