Claim: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson all appeared on the Tonight Show on the same day.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2009]
Is it true that on 9/18/1979 Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMahon were all on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?
Origins: The death of a popular entertainer sets the world to mourning; the passing of two in a short span of time adds a factor of anticipation that yet one more demise is imminent to fulfill the maxim that “deaths come in threes.” The entertainment world experienced such a triumvirate of losses in June 2009, when the passing of long-time Tonight Show announcer Ed McMahon on the 23rd was followed two
days later by the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and singer Michael Jackson.
Shortly afterwards, a rumor about an eerie coincidence involving these three figures began to spread: Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson had once appeared on the Tonight Show on the same day, putting all three entertainers on the same stage at the same time.
The date typically claimed for this unusual occurrence (
According to the guest search function at the Johnny Carson: The Official Tonight Show
Last updated: 26 June 2009