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    The Giz Wiz Asks You! > Billy Mays in ads.

    I read that only OxiClean has pulled Billy Mays ads until they decide how to procede. I was wondering what you thought about Billy Mays still appearing in ads after his death on June 28th, 2009.

    July 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterThe Giz Wiz

    I gotta think his family could still benefit if they get compensated for use of his name or image.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkennyb

    Although he is dead there are still contract obligations that have to be meant. It is quite possible that the words, in case of death were not included in those contract talks. Otherwise why would they still be showing those info's?

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKevin from Akron

    It was kind of creepy as I had to keep reminding myself that "he's dead" as I watched the commercials.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Dale

    Tacky as Hell in my opinion

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Henderson

    Leave it to Billy Mayes to give you more for free

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

    I think Billy would have wanted it that way. Kinda goes along with what I think his headstone should say.... "But wait, there's more!"

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Nelson

    that's tough. On one hand, Billy Mays MADE OxyClean, so as the company to get rid of him on the ads would be bad for business. On the other hand for the family I'm not sure if it would be a honor or a slap in the face. Just like Dave Thomas with Wendy's, years after he is gone, I still remember his name and pair it with the company, can you really separate Billy Mays from the products he made famous?

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterN3PRO

    Considering that his coffin bearers were wearing his signature blue shirt and shouted "HI. BILLY MAYS HERE . . . " as they tossed his coffin into the hearse, his family still wanted his image to promote products. The question should be should be whether his reality show on Discovery Channel should still be airing as the show was renewed a few days after his death.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Schultz

    I think he'd love it! He was a pitchman through and through and would get a kick knowing his work was still on TV. He was proud of what he did.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT

    I don't understand why they shouldn't use them or why it'd be considered tacky. The man was a pro. There is no doubt (if you watched him on the Pitchmen show) that he would absolutely want his ads to keep running long after he's gone. He had filmed four ads that had not made it to air yet at the time of his death, and the companies consulted with Billy's family. The family wanted to run them. What's the big deal?

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllen Harris

    I think it is a little weird, however after a recent commercial there was a brief dedication card.

    But, on the other hand, it's no different that watching a Jimmy Stewart movie, I guess.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Ring

    When I see the commercials I feel sad. But I still watch them, perhaps with more interest. And I hope his family benefits.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat Shafer

    No different than any other actors work being shown after their death.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

    They're still showing Humphrey Bogart movies, right? It's a tribute to Billy's talent.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrompter Bob

    I agree with the poster who said "but wait there's more". Billy died far too early but why should the world miss out on what is likely some of his best work. After Heath Ledger died Batman still came out and even farther back Brandon Lee died while making the crow and that came out also. I think the biggest tribute Billy could get would be to have his work continued on after he died. The king is dead but not forgotten.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrisdoesstuff

    I'm not sure how his contract was structured, but if he gets paid every time his commercials are shown, it's the best thing for his family that they keep using him.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Cyopick

    It's not a popular view - but I hated him when he was alive and I like him even less now that everyone wants to talk about him like he was some kind of sales god.

    Get over it he's dead - who cares - move on!

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

    creepy, he was playing in a 30 sec. loop @ the Bed, Bath & from behind I was just @. "i've go a new product hear you will not believe" well I do not believe it as you have been dead for a month, I also think some time My kids will realize that Mr. Rodgers died before they were born but they will remember watching him as a kid.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscornn

    Hey, let the man rest in peace. No need to sell us anything anymore.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRona

    I'm mixed on this... still remember Fred Astaire dancing with a vacuum cleaner LONG after his death... he never even appeared in a commercial in his lifetime! They tried bringing back Colonel Sanders with an actor, that flopped out. Not keen on the Orville Redenbaker commercials. But Billy Mays seemed to have a sense of humor about stuff, he'd probably get a "kick" out of knowing he can sell stuff from "beyond"!

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert71292

    It's a little creepy but the guy was a commodity after all and a means to an end for the advertisers. I do agree that it is no different than going to see a movie full of dead actors and if his family can derive some profit then I say go for it.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAl

    I think the commercials are a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the art of the pitch.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscooterb23

    As long as it's legal, or part of a past contract, then I don't have an issue. I'm sure MTV is still showing music videos with Michael Jackson.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Morris

    My daughter was a big fan and likes that she can still see him, even though she knows he died. Her main worry when he died was not seeing his ads anymore, so she's happy. She also knows Mr. Rogers died when she was much younger but enjoys seeing him on TV.

    July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan