Remember back in 2009 when people across the nation were glued to their TV screens because they thought a little boy (named Falcon) had flown away in a tin foil balloon and everybody just had to see whether or not he fell out of it? Of course, it turned out that the whole thing was a hoax set up by the boy's father…
For his first interview since pleading guilty to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant, Richard Heene kept up with the histrionics as he insisted—through tears—to Larry King that he and his wife are innocent.
Fame-hungry parents Richard and Mayumi Heene will plead guilty to charges resulting from the "balloon boy" hoax. Although they could potentially receive jail time, the prosecutor has recommended probation. [CNN]
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Americans seem to have made a national pastime of parenting badly in the public eye. As for the rest of us? We spend our time playing social worker: A recent poll has declared that the Heene parents should lose custody.
Last night, Sheree Silver and her 15-year-old son Andrew—who appeared on Wife Swap earlier this year with the Heene family—spoke about their experiences with Balloon Family on Larry King Live. Andrew said, "Mayumi was, um, kinda crazy?"
Now that we know the "Balloon Boy" story was officially a hoax, the question still remains: why would anyone put their children though such a thing? The answer, we're told, is a desire for fame, but perhaps it's something more.
A visibly shaken Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden, giving a press conference on the "Balloon Boy" story, has announced that the entire story was indeed a hoax. Criminal charges are expected to be filed shortly.
Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden has announced that he expects charges to be filed against the Heene family in connection with the increasingly odd "Balloon Boy" story that has unraveled at warp speed over the past few days.
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Falcon's explanation of why he hid in a garage for so long while the entire nation prayed for his safety — "we did this for a show" — has lots of people speculating that the whole balloon incident was a hoax. Richard Heene's refusal to let his son explain — instead he fulminated about how "appalled" he was that Wolf…
Okay, enough. Regardless of what happened yesterday, it's time to get the child away from the television cameras. They're literally making him - and everyone watching - sick.
Tonight, the Heene family went on Larry King Live, where six-year-old "balloon boy" Falcon Heene explained that he didn't come out of his hiding place because his parents told him not to... because "we were doing this for a show."