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You Can Talk to Michael Lohan for $18 Per Minute

Dial-a-star.com connects normal folk with D-list celebrities
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2012 8:43 AM CDT
You Can Talk to Michael Lohan for $18 Per Minute
Michael Lohan, father of actress Lindsay Lohan, gestures as he speaks to the media after being released from the Hillsborough County Jail Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – If you've been just dying to actually speak to one of the Lohans, today is your lucky day: For $25 per minute, you can have a chat with Lindsay's mom Dina, or for the relative bargain of $18 per minute, her dad Michael. It's all thanks to a new service whose name we have to slightly disagree with: Dial-a-Star. The service, dreamed up by D-list celebrity manager Gina Rodriguez, allows you to connect with not only the Lohans but such other "stars" as Octomom ($12 per minute), Tila Tequila ($20), celebrity mistresses including Rachel Uchitel ($20), and reality stars including Real Housewives' Danielle Staub and Jersey Shore's Angelina Pivarnick, Fox News reports.

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Rodriguez came up with the idea after being barraged with emails from fans just dying to chat with her clients, and apparently there are a fair number of people willing to pay to do so: Michael Lohan made $3,500 last week and Staub, the most popular "star" so far, has made $7,000 in the six days since the site went live (some of her calls have lasted as long as 60 minutes). Rodriguez, who gets a 50% cut, says the concept is great for "celebrities" because they get the money right away, "so they can be like, 'Oh I’m broke, I need money for lunch. I’ll take some calls.'" What kind of calls come in? Well, Lohan says he got one about a kid with a drug addiction, so he talked to his good friend Dr. Drew for some advice. (Read more Michael Lohan stories.)

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