You can now talk to Shaq and Melissa McCarthy on your Amazon Alexa device

Customers can simply say “Hey Melissa” or “Hey Shaq” to their respective Amazon devices.

July 16, 2021

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If you own an Amazon device with Alexa-integrated technology, you know that the elusive voice really does have its own personality.

Whether you’re asking for a joke, asking for the weather, or just asking a random question, you’re guaranteed to get a comedic answer.

And while the voice doesn’t technically belong to one person in particular, Amazon hopes to change that with the integration of two new celebrity voices to use instead of Alexa.

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The company announced Thursday that it will add the voices of Oscar-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy and NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal to its repertoire of voice options on Alexa-powered devices like the Amazon Echo and other smart home devices.

“We are excited to add two new celebrities to Alexa and have had a great time with Shaquille O’Neal and Melissa McCarthy on this project,” said Toni Reid, vice president of Alexa Experience & Echo Devices, said in a statement.

To activate the voices, customers can simply say “Hey Melissa” or “Hey Shaq” to their respective Amazon devices to get the weather or ask questions of the fan-favorite celebs.

This won’t be Amazon’s first foray into celebrity voting options for its devices — the company added the option to “talk” to Samuel L. Jackson in December 2019.

The new feature voices have started rolling out in the US and are available to download for $4.99 each.

Amazon has gone through some big changes lately, like founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos resigned from his position on 5 July.

Company stock ran out more than 19% year on year from Friday afternoon.

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