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Move over Valerie Bertinelli

Jenny Craig attracts, let’s say, “mid-level” household names to be their spokespeople.

Jenny Craig attracts, let’s say, “mid-level” household names to be their spokespeople.

Sara Rue, Valerie Bertinelli, Phylicia Rashad and Jason Alexander are among those C-listers who have been paid handsomely to shill the weight-loss company.

But they must have paid buckets of cash to afford their latest spokesperson, Mariah Carey.

The company’s big celeb was revealed Wednesday at New York City’s Four Seasons. Carey arrived 20 minutes late to the conference and was escorted all the way to the stage for what we thought would be to take questions from reporters, which is why we were there.

Instead, she was just interviewed by Gayle King about her involvement with Jenny Craig, which, by the way, is now just called Jenny.

Carey says she started Jenny in July and has lost 30 pounds so far. She told King she was approached by three different weight loss companies while pregnant but picked Jenny because she clicked with the people and liked their partnership with the American Heart Association.

“Some other suitors have great money, have great whatever it is that their concepts are, (but) I didn’t really connect with the people, and this was only over the phone at first. The first time I spoke with the executors at Jenny it was like we really clicked in terms of the fact that they had a vision beyond weight loss.”

We also learned about Carey’s love of business calls while in the bathtub.

“Like all day every day when I was pregnant (I was) in the bath, with a towel, seriously, doing business calls, talking to lawyers with water splashing,” she revealed.

“(My trainer) Bernardo and I were doing exercises mainly in the water.”

As she demo-ed some of her aquatic moves, she made sure to look good in the process: “Let me do it more elegantly for the photo — please don’t get a bad angle.”

And P.S. Yes, there was a towel in the bathtub. Carey says that she was so embarrassed by her pregnant body that she never went naked.


“I was never nude. I had a towel on in the tub, I had clothing on in the tub,” she told King. “I’m not lying, I promise you. You think I would let Nick see me looking rancid like that?”

Rancid? One thing for sure, Mariah Carey will not become the spokeswoman for Earth Mothers International anytime soon.

Other highlights from Carey’s press conference:

  • She doesn’t own a scale, and the last time she weighed herself was when the song My All was out.

  • She bought an ultrasound machine during her pregnancy.

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