"Jamaican" Psychic Miss Cleo is back


By: C.J.
cleos.jpgPop Culture can be credited for giving careers to those that are infamous. Remember TV psychic Miss Cleo? She's Back! Our reliable sources in the entertainment circuit revealed that she is among the cast of VH1's new season of "The Surreal Life." Although the network didn't officially announce the cast, YardFlex gathered that this season's Surrealists are Miss Cleo along with pro-poker player Phil Hellmuth, pro-wrestler Randy Savage, "American Idol's" Nikki McKibbin, actor Dabney Coleman and comedian Carrot Top.

Since Miss Cleo, born Youree Harris is an actress, The Surreal Life may pave the way for her comeback. Her television career was sidelined when investigations by CourtTV, news media, and several state Attorneys General, led to the entire company being shut down. Although Harris wasn't held personally responsible, the FTC charged Harris' promoters, Steven Feder and Peter Stotz, with deceptive advertising, billing and collection practices.

Ironically Miss Cleo's personal life has also been surreal. Harris was actually born in Los Angeles to American parents, and never lived in Jamaica. The Miss Cleo character was loosely based on a Jamaican character called Cleo that Harris had performed in her Seattle play, "For Women Only." The calls to the Psychic Readers Network weren't free either.

Since her infomercial stints, Harris, who adopted a son named Billy, disclosed her alternative lifestyle. In the October 2006 issue of "The Advocate" magazine, Harris stated she is a lesbian.

It will be interesting to see how her personal homosexual lifestyle and
"Jamaican" psychic character plays out on "The Surreal Life." Is Pop Culture ready for this or will it be too surreal?