Richard Heene is a Liar, Bad Parent

by at . Comments

Don't take it from THG - although it's so obvious that you very well could - just ask the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services or the people he shopped reality shows to long before he orchestrated the Balloon Boy hoax.

Richard Heene was reported to CFS by Matt Wineroth in March 2006 for an incident Heene claims Wineroth filed the "erroneous" report over in retaliation.

Retaliation for what? Matt Wineroth was arrested on suspicion of stealing computer records from Heene's company a few years prior. This dude is so shady.

At the end of that drama, Heene's request for a restraining order against Wineroth was eventually dismissed because Richard himself was a no-show in court.

Meanwhile, the CEO of a big production company says Heene lied his way through Hollywood hocking a show that could have put his kids in harm's way.

Tom Forman of Relativity Real and creator of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, says he saw the Heene family on Wife Swap and was "intrigued and aghast."

Pretty much sums up the Balloon Boy saga overall.

Hot Air

Richard Heene is full of more hot air than his flying contraption.

Forman says he spoke with Heene on the phone a month ago to discuss Heene's idea for a reality show about his family - including small kids chasing storms.

Forman says Heene gave his word that he had not pitched the show to anyone else. Turns out, just days later, Forman's employees were in a meeting with TLC about another show and they raised the Heene same reality TV show proposal.

The TLC folks said not only had Heene pitched the show to them a week earlier, he flew to L.A. to personally make the sell, totally playing multiple sides.

Forman says Heene is a "liar" and told him never to contact them again.

Richard Heene and accomplices in the Balloon Boy hoax are looking at felony charges for wasting everyone's time and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It kind makes you want to throw up, too.


I agree with disgusted. Yes I agree that these parents are totally unfit and children would be better off elsewhere. Specially Mr there, he will never stop the media hunt as he was back on TV, Jan 06/10 crying---OR trying to act. Ah, he never fooled me with such poor acting skills. Too bad the acting school years ago was unable to teach him better. Well, by the way he acted all along, I doubt anything can teach him anything good.


and to think other people have lost their kids for far less.


Just WHAT DOES THIS MAN DO FOR A LIVING? I'm guessing he qualifies for disability for mental illness. He is bipolar and need medication and treatment.


why did that little boy hide?
he was scared!


If he and his wife doesn't get nailed good for what they have done, people like him will see nothing wrong with endangering their kids, the public etc.
This guy is a sad example for his kids!


This is a sad story filled with a family of sad characters.The children have been raised without common guidelines; the father has a creative mind which has gone astray; the mother has lost her spine. I see no good outcome in this travesty. Just more sadness.


I feel his wife might be maniupulated though, reading into reports now.
I think it's Richard Heene at the center of it, with his wife and three children being the pawns he uses for his own gain.


i think this guy is a sociopath, he has a history of violence, a criminal record, obviously planned to scam that whole state and country into looking for his son, and seems full of rage...there is a reason this little boy threw up, kids do that out of fear, or just nausea over being in the presence of someone disturbed and dangerous. plus did u see the very suppressed rage that came over him when the boy said, we did this for a much do u want to bet that he probably abused that kid right after they went home, because he thinks the boy screwed everything up for him. child protective services need to separate the mother and children from him, and get them serious therapy...


This story is a blogger's dream. Those people need to get a big fine and they will. I have so much to say about this I don't know where to start. He will never get a show now I can tell you that. The kids are innocent and now they have to deal with all this bad flak.


CHARGE and FINE the parents and PUT them both IN JAIL!! They are BAD SELFISH parents! They DON'T think or care about their kids!!