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    Some fans were Calling the Wrong Phone number

    While not exactly like the fiasco that happened on AI last season....when AI mixed up the phone numbers.....it seems that some fans were calling the wrong number for John O'Hurley last week!


    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - An apparent phone number mix-up has voters for an ABC reality show calling a central Michigan answering service instead. Fans of "Dancing with the Stars" were mistakenly calling a toll-free 888 number to vote for the dance team lead by actor John O'Hurley, known for his role as J. Peterman on the sitcom "Seinfeld."

    The phone number to vote for his team was an 866 number, according to ABC's Web site.

    "People are saying that they are getting the number off the screen," phone operator Alannah Turnwald told the Morning Sun for a recent story.

    Kathy Klein, owner of Mt. Pleasant Answering Service, said she was getting 200 to 300 mistaken calls on Wednesdays, when the show airs.

    "You can tell when the show ends at every time zone because the phones ring off the hook at the top of every hour," she said.

    Calls cost Klein's answering service 6 cents per minute, plus the cost of an extra employee she has been forced to hire to weed them out. She said she wants ABC to reimburse her for the calls.

    The network learned of the mix-up Thursday and is investigating, said Lauren Tobin, a spokeswoman for ABC.

    "It's clearly a case of people misreading the number on the screen," Tobin said.


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    Very interesting, thanks for providing that info. Wonder how much that made a difference in the voting.

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    I caught the end of a segment discussing this on the news but didn't fully catch it. Thanks for posting it.

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    I refuse to believe that only folks voting for Jon can't read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TellTaleOrange
    I refuse to believe that only folks voting for Jon can't read.
    LOL! I find this odd too. There has got to be another explanation.

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    LOL - that is pretty funny about the jon votes. That article is interesting. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TellTaleOrange
    I refuse to believe that only folks voting for Jon can't read.
    Unless of course all the callers are of the senior set? (No offense meant for those of said set -- but many of you are loosing vision accuity because the shape of your eyeballs is changing.)

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    The number of people misreading a number off a screen has to be pretty evenly distributed. And this person complaining because they're receiving the wrongly-dialed calls would only receive one contestants'. The other mis-dialed numbers are going somewhere else, or getting a "number not in service" message.

    In other words, I call BS on this.

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