Here is a story as told to me by Rupert Baron, stage manager for the Ed Sullivan Show. Rupert attended the CBS luncheon on October 14, 2003 and deserves the credit for this story.
One Sunday night, in the middle of the last commercial, the producer told Rupert to tell Ed Sullivan that the show was short and to fill for 30 seconds. Rupert told Ed, who reassured Rupert that he’d take care of it. Back from commercial, Rupert cued Ed who said “well good night everybody and Merry Christmas”. That show aired live on July 14th.
Submitted by Ron McGowan