Carol Burnett Tarzan yell

During her years hosting the legendary variety show “The Carol Burnett Show,” Carol Burnett became known for her “Tarzan” yell. What many fans don’t know, however, is that her yell once saved her from being mugged.

Burnett’s Iconic ‘Tarzan’ Yell

In an interview with Larry King, Burnett explained that she first started doing the “Tarzan” yell when she was around 9 years old, after she watched the Tarzan movies with her cousin. She made sure to clarify to King that it’s not actually a yell at all, but rather a “Tarzan” yodel.

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‘Tarzan’ Yodel Saves Burnett From Being Mugged

In a 2014 interview on the “Today” show, Burnett revealed how this “Tarzan” yodel once saved her from being mugged.

“I was very young and I was walking down the street,” Burnett remembered. “It was late at night.” 

At the time, the iconic comedian had been out getting a newspaper, and she found herself being approached from behind by a man. 

She said:

“This guy came up behind me, like a mugger or something.”

Burnett added that the man grabbed her by the shoulder and said, “OK, OK, miss.” 

While most people would be terrified in this moment, Burnett was just fuming with rage. 

“And I was so mad, I turned around,” she recounted. In the heat of the moment, Burnett did her famous “Tarzan” yell, right in the wannabe mugger’s face!

Sure enough, her strategy worked, and the suspected mugger was so thrown off by what she was doing that he bolted.

“That sucker ran!” Burnett said with a laugh. She went on to tell viewers that . “In case you’re ever” in that situation, “this could work.”

“He said, ‘I can’t deal with a crazy woman,’” host Kathie Lee Gifford joked.

“Exactly,” Burnett said in agreement. “It worked!”

Keep that in mind if you ever find yourself being mugged!

Burnett’s Difficult Family Situation

Recently, Carol Burnett obtained temporary legal guardianship of her 14-year-old grandson as her daughter Erin continues to battle drug addiction.

“Due to addiction issues and other circumstances that my daughter, Erin, has been struggling with impacting her immediate family dynamic, my husband and I have petitioned the court to be appointed legal guardian of my 14-year-old grandson,” Burnett, 87, told Fox News when petitioning for custody. 

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“Guardianship will be for oversight purposes concerning his health, education and welfare and not intended to deny him nor the parents proper visitation with one another,” Burnett added. “We look forward to recovery being the next stepping stone toward normalization and ask for privacy at this time to allow that process to occur.”

We will continue to keep Burnett and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

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