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Big Time Reality Producer -- Heene's a 'Liar'

10/19/2009 7:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The CEO of a big time reality show production company says Richard Heene lied his way through Hollywood trying to hock a reality show that could have put his kids in harm's way.

Richard Heene, Tom Forman

Tom Forman, the CEO of Relativity Real and creator of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," tells TMZ he saw the Heene family on "Wife Swap" and was both "intrigued and aghast." Forman says he ended up speaking with Heene on the phone a month ago and discussed Heene's idea for a reality show about his family -- including the 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 people were in a meeting with TLC about another show and they raised the Heene 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.

Forman says Heene is a "liar" and he made one last call, telling Heene never to contact them again.

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Kevin    

This is just sick!!!

Welcome to Obama's America!!

1739 days ago
17.

They were in it for the money    

It's good to have dreams and ideas, but this liar took it way too far and used his out of control kids in the process. Bye Bye Reality Show and Bye Bye big dreams of stardom. Heene, you screwed the pooch and nobody will touch you with a ten ft. pole. Kiss whatever career you thought you had or might have Adios!

1739 days ago
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Receptionitis15    

Hahahahahaah I only came in to explain hawk v hock. Way to rep, intelligentsia!

1739 days ago
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DNA    

i so sorry, i so ashame, i hang head in shame. so now i get tv show??? ok???

1739 days ago
20.

Delicious    

Richard Heene and his wife and unfit parents. All you have to do is watch the reruns of wife swap. Those kids are not have no manners. They swear a lot....

1739 days ago
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sleeper    

yep I agree the producers must be bigots
they only want to destroy this family.

1739 days ago
22.

Maisy    

#20

I'm glad you brought that up. I saw both episodes of the "Wife Swap" that they were on and those kids were flat awful. Disrespectful, didn't listen, and had a mouth on them that'd make a sailor flinch.

That said, look at the dad. He's a prize pig....

1739 days ago
23.

homie 1 kanobe    

Just by looking at the picture, Heene looks like a guy that talks to himself alot, It looks like he has a crazed look on his face like a mental patient on crowd control drugs Thorazine

1739 days ago
24.

balls    

balls

1739 days ago
25.

Straight Talkin Texan    

...and a LOSER!!!

1739 days ago
26.

um, no thanks    

Coming from someone that works in reality tv that's pretty funny.
In fact, using the word reality in "reality tv" is pretty much a lie in and of itself;)

1739 days ago
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metropony    

Kind of makes you wonder if he would have actually gotten a show if he hadn't gotten caught in a lie, and then in a hoax. Television might of dodged a large silver UFO shaped bullet with this one! haha

1739 days ago
28.

Jen    

That actually means the producer was VERY interested in the show. He's just saying he's a "liar" b/c he continued shopping the show -- did they have a deal in place? A hand-shake deal (very common in Hollywood) -- if so, this guy is just a "liar" about business, so what!? The guy sounds like he was interested in the show and a bit burned that he was going to other buyers -- so what?!

1739 days ago
29.

its me    

these people made such a fool out of everyone!!! when is this BS reality money hungry wanna be a star gonna end???? boy did they make everyone look like fools! but now who's the fool??? the whole damn family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! freakin idiots!

NO MORE REALITY SHOWS ! ENOUGH ALREADY! ITS GETTING SOOOOOO OUT OF HAND!

1739 days ago
30.

steve allen    

Hey Kookie Klown...hows 'bout you and I getting' together for a little drinky...berta makes a mean one...and I love me some klowning around...wadda sha????

1739 days ago
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