Viewers of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, the sassy reality hit in which television celebrities try to win a dance contest each week, have been inadvertently calling the wrong voting number. The toll-free number that was flashed on the screen for viewers to call and cast a vote for former Seinfeld star John O'Hurley began with 888, when it should've been 866. Instead of voting for their favorite star, viewers have been calling the answering service for Samson Resources, an oil company in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Kathy Klein, the owner of the answering service, reckons that ABC is into her for about $500. She brought her case to the network, but an ABC employee was rudely indifferent to her request. Klein says she hopes Hurley gets voted off the show completely, if only to stop the calls.
O'Hurley played long-winded world-traveling catalogue maven J. Peterman on the sitcom Seinfeld. He is a favorite on Dancing With the Stars, where his steely gray hair and winning manner complement his graceful beauty on the dance floor. Recently, viewers voted off Rachel Hunter in a surprise upset.
In three weeks, the finale will air, and viewers will crown one of the Stars the greatest Dancer in Hollywood.