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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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Hookyta    

This story will end in bloodshed.

1739 days ago
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Carrie    

Just because the sheriff said it was a hoax doesn't make it so.
Even unconventional people can have an accident. I don't believe the boy in the balloon part was planned.

1739 days ago
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Marian    

Liars in show biz? Yikes!

1739 days ago
34.

Anna    

ohhhhh bloody hell...... this fiasco just keeps getting better and better

1739 days ago
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Ann    

Okay, I don't know if you all heard this.. Cause I didn't hear this until now On a portion of the 911 call from the Heene home, Richard Heene told dispatch that the baloon emits a certain signal, and a certain amount of voltage goes though it or around it or something like that and he was very worried that Falcon could be electricuted Now, he had to know that eventually the baloon would land and they would not find any electricity at all.. Cause I guess they didn't find any electrical device or any electrical anything. So, once the baloon landed, everybody had to know that Richard Heene was a big fat liar. And I mean right away...not 2 or 3 days later. And how dumb can he be???? He knew they would not find electricity I mean, I just can't understand this guy...


1739 days ago
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Jennifer Bouldack    

41. Just because the sheriff said it was a hoax doesn't make it so.
Even unconventional people can have an accident. I don't believe the boy in the balloon part was planned.

Posted at 8:44PM on Oct 19th 2009 by Openminded
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Then you're an idiot.

You know, sometimes you can be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

1739 days ago
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Sad sad    

What he had opportunity and he f-ed it? Shocking lol.

1739 days ago
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Sad sad    

Hey didn't falcon flip off the other wife during a family meeting on the show?

1739 days ago
39.

Simone    

will balls ever grow up?

1739 days ago
40.

UGGGGHHH    

Richard Heene is a WACK JOB

1739 days ago
41.

Gigi    

I can't get past the misuse of "hock" in the first sentence of this story.

1739 days ago
42.

Carrie    

Here's a reality show for you Heene - we'll tape you doing hours and hours of coummunity service sporting an orange jumpsuit ! What a loser !

1739 days ago
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Sad sad    

Falcon flipping off and cussing at age 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_WTWSHUi5M @ 5:47

1739 days ago
44.

tex    

TLC passed on a opportunity to take advantage of another family and break them apart? I'm sure they're kicking themselves for not signing this dude....more press for TLC!!

1739 days ago
45.

Maggie    

It's hawk, not hock, get someone literate on your staff for chrissakes, how very poor your writers are, sorry for your site that you have hacks like that using hock for hawk. Shameful, terribly bad grammar my friends.

1739 days ago
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