Whatever Happened to Psychic Miss Cleo?
When some people think of Psychic Reading, the first thing they think of is the popular Psychic Friends Network commercials in the late 1990's and early 2000's featuring a woman with a Jamaican accent calling herself Miss Cleo saying, "call me now for your free reading!" Many are aware that there was a Psychic Reading controversy that led to the Psychic Friends Network's bankruptcy, but few know of the details, assuming Miss Cleo was a fraud or that the network was somehow phony.
Actually, "Miss Cleo" was a character played by an actress called Youree Harris. Of course, she wasn't actually from Jamaica. She was a character in the advertising for Psychic Friends Network Psychic Reading in the same way that Count Chocula is a character for a cereal! Though their advertising was called into question due to email SPAM practices and one customer pointing out that the free Psychic Reading wasn't actually a full free Psychic Reading, the Psychic Reading offered through the network was as genuine as any other network today.
When a client called the Psychic Friends Network assuming that the Psychic Reading was totally free, only the first few minutes of the Psychic Reading were actually free. The contented client continued to talk for quite some time, satisfied with the reading. When shocked by the bill, the Psychic Friends Network was sued. At one point, "Miss Cleo" was erroneously named because it seemed like she was the head of the company! But she was no more the head of the company than Ronald McDonald is the head of McDonalds! Thankfully, due to those bad business practices mentioned, the Psychic Friends Network did go bankrupt, and set an important example of themselves for other Psychic Reading networks not to follow!
Youree Harris still works today for an entertainment company in Florida. She is not disgraced from her years acting in Psychic Reading commercials for the Psychic Friends Network, as some might believe, and still busts out the beloved old role on occasion! Psychic Reading networks and hot-lines still exist and flourish freely. You can even call one today! Though, you should always be wary of those that claim that you can get a free Psychic Reading, whether on-line or by telephone! "Miss Cleo" and various Psychic Reading networks and hot-lines all over the world are still alive and well at the time of this writing!