Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Kirstie Alley may be surprising people with how well she’s doing on “Dancing With the Stars,” but the folks at Jenny Craig are not cheering.
The diet program honchos are very upset with the actress — believing Alley basically took their money for a well-publicized TV ad campaign, and then ran off to do her own diet plan.
Even before Alley finished with Jenny Craig, the “DWTS” contestant had packed back on almost all of the pounds that she initially had lost.
According to a JC source, Alley simply didn’t stick with the diet and exercise program Jenny Craig espouses for all its customers.
Now, supposedly partnering with several fellow Scientologists, Alley has launched Organic Liaison — a Los Angeles store that sells a program very similar to the Jenny Craig concept.
“To say the least, this was not our favorite celebrity endorsement arrangement,” said the JC source.
A spokeswoman for Jenny Craig takes issue with the source claiming the company is unhappy with Alley. The JC rep said Friday that the firm “maintains a friendly relationship with Kirstie and we are proud of her accomplishments while she was on our program,” noting the 75 pounds Alley lost was maintained during her three year realtionship with Jenny Craig.
“We remain supportive of Kirstie...and would welcome her back at any time as a returning client,” added the spokeswoman.
RUMOR CONTROL: Don’t believe stories about “American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler feuding. In fact, the duo have had so much fun working on the hit show, they are discussing ideas for another possible joint project in the future — perhaps a tour or joint album.
† Jennifer Aniston reportedly is chuckling over false tales she’s texting Bradley Cooper, hoping to revive their brief fling from 2009.
According to a close Aniston friend, the actress quickly discovered Cooper’s first love was himself and his career — not exactly the best choice for a long-term relationship.
ON HIS TOES: “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky finally has come forward to defend Natalie Portman in her Oscar-winning role in his film. Aronofsky is adding his support to the movie’s producers, who already have denied the claim of Portman’s body double, American Ballet Theatre ballerina Sarah Lane, that the actress’ own dancing is only seen in 5 percent of the movie.
Aronofsky worked with his film’s editor and viewed the picture frame-by-frame. Of the 139 dance shots in the movie, Aronofsky insists Portman’s dancing was “untouched” — digitally or otherwise — in 111 of them. Lane’s body and dancing are seen in just 28 scenes.
The bottom line: Portman’s own dancing comprises 80 percent of the dance scenes.
BEST FOOT FORWARD: A Chicago Who’s Who will be on hand for the gala reopening of the renovated Tod’s Oak Street boutique on April 14. Joining Tod’s creative director Derek Lam, the evening’s hosting committee will include “The Chicago Code” star Jennifer Beals, Susan and Nancy Crown, Toni Canada, Melissa McNally, Julie Latsko, Linda Johnson Rice and Meredith and Patrick Wood-Prince.
A portion of the sales from the opening party will support the Art Institute Auxiliary Board’s programs.
MUSIC MAN: Randy Newman — who recently won his second Oscar (out of 20 nominations) for “Toy Story 3” — will be the featured guest performer at the fifth annual American Cancer Society’s “Discovery Ball.”
The April 30 fete at the Civic Opera House will be chaired by Illinois Tool Works CEO David Speer and his wife, Barbara.
CASTING CALL: The producers of “I Used to Be Fat” hit town today and Saturday — searching for high school seniors looking to lose weight for the MTV docu-series’ second season.
The open call takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1450 S. Michigan. Also required: Send your name, phone number, height/weight, city, recent photo, short bio and a brief explanation of why you want to lose weight before college to ChicagoHSWeight Loss@gmail.com
On hand for the auditions will be Saran Dunmore, the NBC5 fitness reporter, also a personal trainer on the show.
MOB MOMENT: As expected, John Travolta will play “Dapper Don” John Gotti Sr. in “Gotti: Three Generations,” directed by Nick Cassavetes. The movie will focus on the relationship between the senior Gotti and John Jr., the heir to the Gambino crime family. The couple began dating in 2009, following earlier Buble relationships with actress
The couple began dating in 2009, following earlier Buble relationships with actressEmily Blunt and his ex-fiancee, singer-actress Debbie Timuss.