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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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61.

too sad    

Some one read his face ,
he looks bizzarre, like really ill .
squinty eyes and manic mouth .
scarey

1800 days ago
62.

too sad    

maybe the dad
told the kid to say that on tv, to say it was for a show, so it dodnt get too out of control ??
just maybe ??

or and
maybe the dad gave the kid vomit juice to vomit on cue .
check the medicine drawers for the vomit medicine , really action vomit

1800 days ago
63.

Thank you for the Joy Mr. J    

I watched Larry King Live before this was declared a HOAX.
There is something wrong with those kids. The middle kid was acting like he had ADD and they were all making inappropriate movements and facial grimaces. They semed feral. Do they go to a real school ?
Something very odd in their behaviour and no one has mentioned it.

1800 days ago
64.

too sad    

isnt telling a lie to a 911 dispatch a crime.
you cant just ring 911 rescue and say
your kid is on a kite, balloon whatever and it is a lie ???
you cant waste 911 time with such lies .
this is the worse crime of all .
lies to 911 .
just like people who call 911 and say
they didnt get their order of chicken at a fast food joint .
this balloon hi jinx CLOSED AN AIRPORT AND PUT CHOPPERS OUT TO RESCUE. ONE CHOPPER WAS GOING TO ATTEMPT TO JUMP ONTO THE BALLOON TO SAVE THE KID !!!!!!
outragous.
the kids are brats and swear . they should go to school.
why were they not at school for 2 days in a row ??

1800 days ago
65.

too sad    

squinty eyes teeeny weenie snicker bar . ahaaa, good .

1800 days ago
66.

kitty    

richard who? ha ha

hopefully in a week we will all have forgotten his name.

1800 days ago
67.

Katie    

Somebody needs to say it: Richard Heene could be a poster child for untreated mental illness. Mercurial temperament, frenetic activity, delusions of grandeur ("I'm a scientist"), delusions of Reptilian invaders running the government, this guy's got it all. Bipolar Disorder? Perhaps. Schizophrenia? Who knows, but something's very wrong.

The kids look nervous and unhappy. Falcon puked on live TV the instant Diane Sawyer mentioned his gaffe from the night before. Mayumi looks beaten down. Jail can wait. Richard needs to be checked into a hospital for psychiatric evaluation during this stressful time, before something really bad happens . . .

1800 days ago
68.

suzyh    

Time for Richard Heene to get put away for a LOOONG time and be made to pay restitution to all the search/rescue folks AND that poor farmer who lost 2 years of crops on his field. WHAT AN F'IN IDIOT!!! And, I agree with everyone else, the wife is an abuse victim and needs to go into strong counseling. And, I have no words for those kids... they are already messed up way beyond recognition.

1800 days ago
69.

K in CO    

Amen Buggles!

To an earlier poster: it wasn't 1000 volts, he told 911 dispatchers it was a million volts that pulsed every minute. His attorney needs to be getting him a psych eval, stat! It's his only hope of a defense.

Wifey-poo looks like a beaten down "I have to put up with this in order to stay in this country" kind of woman. Grow some 'nads and a brain Mrs. Dipstick!

1800 days ago
70.

Qragsdale    

Hmmm seems like we may have dodged a bullet. TLC could have made this family the next JK8. Thank God this dumbass family shot themselves in the foot before TLC picked up their show.

1800 days ago
71.

concerned mother    

Any why is the media CONTINUING TO GIVE HIM EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS???? Wouldn't the best thing to do in this situation would be for the press to IGNORE this "story"?????

1796 days ago
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