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TIL Wendy’s “Where’s the beef?” Lady was fired after she appeared in a Prego ad saying, “I found it!”

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level 1
1.3k points · 1 month ago

That does kinda kill her character

level 2

Always protect kayfabe.

level 3
137 points · 1 month ago

She would have made it WrestleMania 3 if she kept her mouth shut

level 4

She has to eventually manage Brutus the Barber Beefcake

level 5
26 points · 1 month ago

Where's the Beef[cake]?

level 6
8 points · 1 month ago

I made the mistake of googling beefcake when I was younger.

level 7

what the hell prompted you to research the word "beefcake" at a young age.

level 8

South park most likely

level 9
3 points · 1 month ago

No, it was on another porno site.

level 4

Oh god, her appearance at WrestleMania 2 was fucking hilarious. They had to give her the signal to say it, she actually says "now?" and screamed the catchphrase, but she moved the mic away when she did.

level 3

She's exposing the business!

level 4

Going into business for herself!

level 1
331 points · 1 month ago

Kind of reminds me of my buddy's mom, she's not the brightest bulb on the tree, she got into some kind of MLM pyramid scheme selling dietary supplements. She was fired from her job as a receptionist at a local doctor's office because when people called in to make appointments, she would attempt to "prescribe" them her dietary supplements. For the life of her she couldn't understand why she was fired.

level 2

Holy shit that's one of the dumbest things I've ever heard.

level 2

We had a phlebotomist where I work get canned for an almost identical issue. It's kind of sick, no captive audience like when you've got a needle in their arm.

level 2

I work in live event production, and one of the indignities I've had to suffer to pay the bills has been working some of these MLM shows. It's downright scary, my friend. The amount of overlap in cult tactics and MLM recruitment should be a higher red flag to anyone with critical thinking skills. On the other hand, that's not MLM's target market. Seeing people line up 8, 10, sometimes 24 hours before an event just to be the first in line, or the first to get a crack at whatever new "products" they're pushing was a shock the first couple of times I saw it. Then I came to realize that's how they all are. It's the definition of predatory business practices. Or at least should be.

level 1
396 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

That was the excuse but not the reason.

The ads had been successful but getting much less so. Dave Thomas wanted to change the direction having a more personal feel. The next ad sequence started him, then his daughter, Wendy.

level 2

He had the most wonderful voice. I will always remember him talking about his commitment to the free-sssh-ist hamburgers.

level 3
64 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

He was big in the adoption space too, since he himself was adopted. A lot of charity work, but maybe more importantly, he was very open about being adopted. There was a bit of shame in it before - he helped knock that down.

level 3

The best in the bidness!

level 4

I like the way the square patty hangs over the side.

level 5

People like that.

level 6

I understood that reference.

level 5

That’s the point really.

level 6

More of a corner.

level 7

What a bunch of squares.

level 7

(Rimshot)

I didn’t even realize I set that joke up. +1

level 2

Exactly, and a poor excuse when you think about. Violating a non-compete clause, by doing a commercial with a spaghetti sauce? How are they competition?? Lol

level 2

What’s your source? Did you read the article? It says:

Sadly, the relationship between Peller and Wendy’s soured when Peller repeated her famous catchphrase in a 1985 ad for Prego spaghetti sauce (and then declared “I found it!”), leading Wendy’s to terminate her contract for violating a non-compete clause. Peller responded, “I’ve made them millions, and they don’t appreciate me.” (Peller was only paid scale for the initial commercial, but earned tens of thousands more from subsequent Wendy’s ads and merchandise royalties.) Peller passed away in 1987 at the age of 85, and Wendy’s struggled until launching a new ad campaign starring founder Dave Thomas in 1989.

Seems like the reason to me.

level 1
91 points · 1 month ago

Her name was Clara Peller, which I will always remember from an interstitial from the MST3K episode Alien From LA.

level 2

Movie sign ahhhhhh

level 1

Meanwhile every pop star known to man has appeared in both Pepsi and Coke ads. At least they had a sense of humour about their competition back in the 90's.

level 2

Sprint specifically hiring the Verizon guy to become the Sprint guy. But honestly he doesn’t look like the Verizon guy any more to me.

level 3
205 points · 1 month ago

Pretty sure there was a huge gap in there, because Verizon had a contract with the guy to NOT do that for X years.

level 4

Exactly this. The ads are almost exactly 5 years apart, and tmo said it didn't come together until 2 weeks before they aired it.

level 5
11 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Tmo? What does TMobile have to do with this?

level 6

To my owledge

level 7

That... that makes no sense..

level 8
36 points · 1 month ago

To my onderstanding.

But seriously, it's t-mobile's stock symbol. I'm thinking they just said the wrong carrier

level 9

Overstanding

level 10

Too much onformation.

level 10
Comment deleted1 month ago(More than 1 child)
level 9

TMUS is T-Mobile’s stock symbol.

level 10
2 points · 1 month ago

My mistake. I searched TMO, and T-mobile was the first result.

level 9

This guy infers...

level 7

Who?

level 6
level 7

Did you hear about The Ginger and Boots?

level 6
2 points · 1 month ago

T-Mobile

level 7

I thought we were talking about the Verizon/Sprint guy.

level 6

Industry abbreviation for T-Mobile.

VZW = Verizon Wireless

level 7

What does tmobile have to do with the Verizon/Sprint guy?

level 6

touch my orifice

level 3

Sprint/Verizon guy looks too similar to Subway's Jared.

level 4

So the FBI are watching his home and sniffing his internet data stream for kiddie porn?

level 5

NSA: We can hear him now.

FBI: Good.

level 6

"A pedophile? That's not what we meant by 'eat fresh!'"

level 7

No, he's actually Peter File.

level 4

He looks just like Buddy Holly

level 5

woo-ee-ooh

level 5

Oh oh and you're Mary Tyler Moore

level 4
2 points · 1 month ago

Bertillon profiling strikes again.

level 3

TIL 2 new advertisement casting factoids.

level 3

Prior to the can you hear me now guy, their campaigns feature a knock off of Fox Mulder and the commercials were supposed to be creepy.

level 4

I never get the “I’m gonna have a creepy commercial, it will be so edgy”. Sure, let me associate your product with feeling squicked out. Unless you’re a creepy book/film/some-other-art-form, don’t try to creep people out to sell your product.

level 3

Didn't the same thing happen with the Shamwow guy? I can't keep up with all these mascots.

level 4
50 points · 1 month ago

No, he ended up punching a hooker because she was biting his tongue.

level 5

I mean, what else was he supposed to do? How do you stop a hooker from biting your tongue off without smacking her in the head?

level 6
8 points · 1 month ago

Maybe by not short changing the hooker?

level 6

By not hiring a hooker. If "Very Bad Things" taught me anything, it's "don't hire a hooker".

level 6
5 points · 1 month ago

Exactly! Kinda a shitty situation he was in all-around

level 6
-8 points · 1 month ago(5 children)
level 7

U dont know how many cocks have been in anyone's mouth

level 8
9 points · 1 month ago

Especially your mom's

level 8
4 points · 1 month ago

When their job is sucking cocks, its probably safe to say they've had more cocks in their mouth than the average cocksucker

level 9

Where do you draw the line though? 3 cocks per year? 1 cock per month? 1 cock daily?

level 10

Probably one cock on the day of would be over the line for me.

Having sucked cocks the day before and at least eaten or drank something since then would be okay, if it came down to it.

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12 points · 1 month ago

Gave her the ol' ShamPow to the face

level 5

Florida Man Strikes Again!

level 5

Because he was choking her. When auto-erotic asphyxiation goes wrong.

level 3

Don't even have to click to know thats my man, Chappelle. This skit was the very reason behind my initial comment.

level 2
15 points · 1 month ago

"I've done ads for both coke and Pepsi and you know what? Can't tell the difference. Though Pepsi paid me more recently so it tastes better." As told by Chappelle

level 2

Share that Brittany and Madonna Coke ad with me!

Or that Paula Abdul Pepsi spot!

Dave Chappelle is the only one I can think of who did ads for both. Michael Jordan did ads for Coke and then Gatorade before Pepsi bought Gatorade.

I know Michael Jackson didn’t do a Coke ad while I was alive, though I don’t know the endorsements the Jackson 5 had in the 60s and 70s.

level 3

Pepsi was a big sponsor of all Michael's shows. He was a very savvy business man and would never have ducked that up

level 3

Wasn't Brit Pepsi? I swear I remember her doing Pepsi ads.

level 4

Yes. But OP said celebs did both coke and Pepsi ads.

level 5

Oh, I thought I may have been misunderstanding. Thanks!

level 2

There was that one recently with a kid buying two cokes to reach the pepsi button.

level 3

Coke & Pepsi are friendly rivals because they're both market leaders and they use brand allegiance to help boost their sales together. Like the whole taste test thing was just a cross promotion that made them huge.

level 4

Dr Pepper is where it’s at

level 5
12 points · 1 month ago

Cheerwine.

level 5

RC Cola or GTFO

level 6

They still make that?

level 7
5 points · 1 month ago

You can get a 36 pack at Costco for 5 dollars.

level 7

Royal Crown? You bet your sweet ass they do.

level 6

It just tastes like flat Pepsi/Coke. 🤮

level 7

Maybe to a Yankee.

level 8

Or anyone with taste buds.

level 8

Im from the south and I say it tastes like liquid shit

level 9

Carpetbagger.

level 10

That's fine, it's ok to be wrong

level 6

Shasta Cola.

level 6

Hell year! RC is the best

level 5

A man of taste

level 6

Hardly.

level 5

Nash, Mr. Pibb

level 6

The Coke ripoff of DP

level 6

Dude didn't even get his degree.

level 7

He dropped out to go into customer satisfaction.

level 4

Yea, there was an incident where somebody stole/illegally copied the recipe for Coca Cola and tried to sell it to Pepsi, but Pepsi called the FBI instead.

level 5

What else would they do? Not as if they could start making a soda that tasted exactly like Coke and get away with it. Besides the culprit could also be trying to trap them to destroy their reputation.

level 6
4 points · 1 month ago

Not as if they could start making a soda that tasted exactly like Coke and get away with it.

they easily could, coke never trademarked their recipe or else they'd have to disclose it to the public.

level 7

You can’t trademark a recipe.

level 7

They could have done it legally but it would have been a marketing disaster.

level 6

Huh, TIL that Pepsi couldn’t do it legally, but that the illegality of it wasn’t established until 1996.

level 3

Haven't seen it but I already like it.

level 3
level 2

There is a now-famous actor who was in a fast food commercial in the late 80s that actually said the name of the competitor in direct comparison and it caused a big fuss. I feel like it was Sarah Michelle Gellar. But that was the first time they directly compared the product to a competitor’s or something.

Edit: twas her, my facts were kinda right kind wrong: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8531828

level 2

I can't think of a single pop star that was on coke and Pepsi ads. Example?

level 3

Too early in the morning to be Googling "popstars pepsi coke" but my first example would be Christina Aguilera who changed teams between 2000 - 2005. Don't forget, they have domestic and international deals too, so some stars can promote one product on the domestic market then sell a competitor's product on the international market years later, this isn't exclusive to soda/food.

level 1
44 points · 1 month ago

I can't remember my own phone number but I remembered Clara Peller's name for 35 years?
What the hell, man?

level 2

Well, to be fair, how often do you dial yourself?

level 3

Every night before I go to sleep.

level 4

Checking your inbox?

level 3
3 points · 1 month ago

It's always busy when I try

level 2

Clara Peller

level 2

She was on wrestlemania. You don't just forget a name like hers

level 1

She got both checks tho

level 2

The financial version of "still beat tho".

level 1

So Wendy's had a beef with the "Where's the beef?" lady.

level 2

"right here." Rips up contract

level 3

Happy beefday to the ground.

level 1

I'm still upset they got rid of the salad and taco bar.

level 2

I remember the salad bar, but not the taco bar.

level 3

They had nachos and shit. Also some pasta. Cant remember if baked potatoes were also there. I'm sure they were though. I think they called it a superbar

I guess I miss the chocolate pudding. I'd get a big ol bowl full of that shit

level 1

That’s funny

level 1
52 points · 1 month ago

I did not associate the name "Prego" with the sauce at first and had a much dirtier interpretation of this title.

level 2

Ok you’ve had too much internet today. Go play outside.

level 3

I think OP knew what he was doing.

level 2

Ah, beef injections

level 2
3 points · 1 month ago

Thank you; TIL there is a brand of sauce in the US called Prego.

level 2

Came to the comments to confirm that I wasn't alone

level 2

Yup, my first thought before I reread it more thoroughly was that she stated this in a Wendy’s ad while pregnant.

level 2

And here I am thinking it is weird how people use a pasta sauce brand name as a 'nickname' for pregnancy.

level 1

Have we all forgot the "VP at PlayStation," Kevin Butler?While being a spokesperson for PlayStation, he appeared in an ad with the Nintendo Wii. He was sued and couldn't do VG commercials for two years.

level 2

I'm wondering on his end how he didn't think that one through? He had a cushy job with Playstation and was becoming a mascot of sorts for them

level 3
3-1 points · 1 month ago

No one in console making has more money than nintendo.

In part because unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo doesn't sell consoles for a loss.

level 4

? I don't know what you're getting at. He had a small side role in a Nintendo ad, but he was the face of a Playstation for a while. I'm not sure what Nintendo having more money has to do with it

level 5
-5 points · 1 month ago(0 children)
level 4
-7 points · 1 month ago(3 children)
level 5
31 point · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

And yet the Wii outsold the PS3 and the 360...combined.

switch came out and is far weaker

The Switch has the same power as a base Xbone.

then, instead of having a full console cycles (sic)

Actually that would be microsoft and sony. Nintendo's the company that, when they release a new console, it's backwards compatible with the old one. This is in contrast to Sony and Microsoft, who basically force you to rebuy your entire library every 5-7 years when they come out with a new console. If they're feeling really dickish they'll then add backwards compatability after you've already bought the "new gen remasters".

The switch is the first time in almost two decades that the newest Nintendo system couldn't play the old stuff, and even then it can still play retro titles through the e-shop.

On top of that, none of their games require online to play, there's no mandatory DRM (lookin' at you Microsoft), no mandatory updates, and almost their entire library has couch co-op.

Which is probably why even their "failure" of the WiiU sold as well as the XBOne. And why the switch is destroying the PS4 and XBOne in sales right now.

Because funny enough they understand what makes a console good, and it's not power. If you want power, play on a PC like a real gamer. Consoles are for getting you and your friends together easily and all playing on one system. Which you basically can't even do anymore on the XBOne or PS4, pretty much all the titles you could you can also get on the switch.

level 6

The Switch is only really "destroying" the PS4 and XB1 in sales because it's only a year old and is just starting to kick off it's life cycle, PS4 and XB1 are nearing the end of their life cycle and have large userbases all ready meaning console sales have slowed.

level 7

Except nintendo games are also outselling ps4 and xbone counterparts.

If it were down to novelty that wouldn't be the case.

level 4

It was an ad for Bridgestone tires. It just happened to feature a wii in it.

level 2

That shit made me so sad, I loved his character at PlayStation

level 1
16 points · 1 month ago

Heh.

There was an ad campaign launched in I think the late70’s early 80’s, that was just billboards with ‘I FOUND IT’ in huge letters across the billboard.

It turned out to mean ‘I found Jesus!’

Shortly after I saw a T-shirt in San Francisco that said ‘I FOUND IT!! Now my finger stinks’

level 1

That's interesting. Thanks for the post.

It's all outlined right here on Wikipedia.

Clara Peller:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Peller

level 1

My dad used to joke that the answer to "Where's the beef?" is "between Wendy's buns".

level 2

my great grandpa would keep some weird stuff and one thing was a "where the beef?" poster. he'd always walk by it and say "Where's the beef? it's in your pants stupid!"

level 1
6 points · 1 month ago

This has happened a few times. Most recently, Verizon's 'Can you hear me now?' guy wasn't kept on a retainer after they moved to a new series of ads, and Sprint quickly snapped him up.

level 2

“Quickly”

5 years.

level 2

quickly

That was half a decade ago. In fact, they probably had a contract with him that said he would move to a competitor for 5 years

level 1

As far as I'm concerned, advertising for Prego (and Ragu, for that matter) should be a capital offence.

level 2

Found the Italian!

(In both comment and username.)

level 2
4 points · 1 month ago

New York City?!

level 3

You can't go straight to the last line if you want anyone to play along.

level 4
2 points · 1 month ago

You met me at a very strange time in my life

level 1

Wendy’s was always ruthless. Still is..

level 2
Original Poster4 points · 1 month ago

And Clara-less

level 1

Really need to bring those commercial back more than ever. I’ve noticed all the fast food chains slowly shrinking the burger patty. Meat to bun ratio is WAY off.

level 2
1 point · 1 month ago

Download Mc donalds app. Use a throw away gmail to sign in.

go to deals. Use 1$ sandwich button. (until sept 30th)

Order a delux qp with cheese.

Burger fits the bun. Burger looks like a real burger even!

Otherwise get an grilled artisan chicken sandwich. it's like a chicken breast shoved in a george foreman. lettuce + tomato + vinaigrette.

pretty good. I've even had chicken breasts bigger than the bun!

Can't beat it for a buck.

level 1
2 points · 1 month ago

I scoured that article to find out how an 80-year-old woman got prego...then realized it was capitalized for a reason.

level 1

She found a new beef- with Wendy.

level 1

That treacherous bitch!

level 1

She clearly had a great agent...

level 1

Is she snorting cocaine in this picture?

level 1

Worth it! :)

level 1

i thought that was Arby's

level 1

At least she lasted longer then the failed BK ”Where's Herb?" campaign...though this day in age that may be an effective as campaign for..other..stuff...

level 1

Fake report like a lot online no real proof if you think about it, like many other stories where no one even checks out the facts to see the sources and proof.

level 1

I loved those commercials when I was really young.

level 1

Prego sounds like a porn category

level 1

I smell like beef...

level 1
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1 point · 1 month ago

great commercial and very effective

level 1

She broke a non compete contract that she signed

level 1
-15 points · 1 month ago(0 children)
level 2

Agreed: people should be willing to die and lay down their lives for the good of the Board of Directors.

level 2

I've spoken with Paul Marcarelli on several occasions, he's one of the nicest people I've ever met: knowledgeable, kind, very down to earth.

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