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EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: Inside ‘Balloon Boy’ Family Reality TV Show Pitch

Oct. 16 2009, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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The Heene family balloon boy story has captivated the nation, and the rumors of it all being a hoax were fueled by little Falcon saying “You guys said that we did it for the show,” during a live interview on CNN Thursday. 

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Before the incident Richard Heene had pitched multiple production companies in the hopes of landing a reality show for his family and has the exclusive details of what they pitched, and why no one wanted to put them on TV. 

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“The Heene family was selling themselves as the show,” the source said.  The family pitched the “antics” of the Heene family - the “outgoing” amateur weather-chasing Dad who is convinced in the existence of aliens and UFOs, and his wife and three “adorable” and “energetic” kids.

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The Heene family has appeared in two episodes of Wife Swap, but our source said the pitch wasn’t going to get them their own show.  “In these days of reality TV, many people believe their lives are of interest to TV viewers.  Sadly, this is not the case with the Heenes.” 


Balloon Boy Found Alive And Safe has exclusively learned another reason the family won’t be on TV has to do with Dad Richard.  “He has some real anger management issues,” said the source about Richard, and that isn’t something production companies thought would make for good TV. 

TLC, the production company behind Jon & Kate Plus 8 told that they received the pitch from the Heenes, but were not interested.  “They approached us months ago and we passed.”



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