VIDEO: Balloon Dad Breaks Silence – "I Knew He Was In The Craft"

And the Oscar goes to . . .

In his first interview since being sentenced in connection with the ‘Balloon Boy’ hoaxRichard Heene fights back tears and nearly hyperventilates in a taped exchange airing on Friday’s edition of Larry King Live. During the interview, Heene  says he “knew [his son Falcon] was in the craft” as the drama unfolded last October 15, when his homemade helium balloon soared 7,000 feet over eastern Colorado.

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Heene said he “searched the house high and low” in looking for his son that day.

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“I knew he was in the craft in my mind, in my mind, cause I visualized him,” Heene tells a concerned-looking King in a preview of the interview. “I yelled at him not to go in.”

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Heene said he only entered a guilty plea in connection with the incident to avoid the potential deportation of his wife, Mayumi, to her native Japan.

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A worldwide audience watched the bizarre incident unfold; it was revealed during the dramatic incident that the boy’s family had gained a taste of fame on the ABC reality show Wife Swap.

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Friday’s Larry King Live, featuring the interview with Richard Heene, airs at  9pm ET/6pm PT.

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