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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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46.

paris phillippe    

the entire family looks odd/strange.
i knew it was a hoax from the beginning.
what a waste of time for officials from colorado.
they should get a stiff fine and pay for what it cost the state.
the state has better things to do with its time, important things.

1791 days ago
47.

They were in it for the money    

What we have here.....Is a failure to communicate!

1000 watts of electricity? Would that not mean then whoever was close enough would be shocked to death? And on plastic and Alumminum....Trick no Treats!

1791 days ago
48.

Carrie    

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

1791 days ago
49.

They were in it for the money    

Get ready people!
We won't have all this unneccesary drivel to post on by tomorrow........for tomorrow is Tuesday....The BIG day for everyone who has been waiting for the next big ballbuster.....Michael Jackson and Co. will rule the Blogs once again...Get Ready! This IS It!

1791 days ago
50.

Rob    

STOP WATCHING REALITY TV! It's creating monsters.

1791 days ago
51.

TOO BAD SO SAD :-p    

Heene is lowlife hustler with a dumb wife & bratty kids. I think it's hilarious he wanted fame, & now has all this negative press. Careful what u wish for, it's called Karma b!tch.

DlCK has never been a more apropos nic for Richard before this clown

1791 days ago
52.

They were in it for the money    

...and I said as I drove outts sight......

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
AND TO ALL
A GOOD NIGHT ;)

1791 days ago
53.

perspective    

William Sadler (of Shawshank & The Rock fame) could play Richard Heene in the movie "kids say the darndest things."

1791 days ago
54.

They were in it for the money    

.............................AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I gots me a new gig.......Balloon rides ----every Saturday-------.50 cent

1791 days ago
55.

janalal4    

FALCON ROCKS!! Give HIM his own show! 'Busted' Dad's a@@ on national tv. Great kid who didn't WANT to tell a lie. Dad is just a big 'Heeney-Hole'!

1791 days ago
56.

megan    

HONESTLY ALL THIS GUY WANTS IS HIS TIME TO BE IN THE SOPT LIGHT. OR AS EVERYONE ELSE SAYS "HIS 15 MIN OF FAME". ALL THE INTERNET SITES (TMZ, MSN, YAHOO, AND GOOGLE) ARE JUST FUELING TO WHAT THIS MAN WANTS. I THINK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD JUST STOP REPORTING ON THIS AND LEAVE THIS STORY ALONE. HE IS GETTING MORE THAN HIS 15 MIN OF FAME. THIS MAN WILL FOREVER BE FAMOUS FOR THIS STUPID AND DANGEROUS HOAX. BOTH OF THE PARENTS NEED TO BE CHARGED BY ATHORITIES FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND MAYBE FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES NEED TO CHECK OUT HOW THESE POOR CHILDREN ARE BEING DONE AT HOME JUST FOR THEIR WELFARE AND SAFETY.

1791 days ago
57.

janalal4    

BTW- Good night to YOU 'Kooky'!! He needs his own show too:)

1791 days ago
58.

Cant Watch    

I definitely have a problem with kids being exposed to the dangerss of chasing tornadoes. The parents should wait until they become consenting adults.

1791 days ago
59.

They were in it for the money    

I just bet ya he's a dud in bed!

1791 days ago
60.

TOO BAD SO SAD :-p    

Brittany, LOL!! Yeah, & I bet the Hubble Telescope is needed to even find his teeny weeny, snicker.

1791 days ago
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