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ABC on Heenes: We Pay for Sushi, Not Interviews

11/17/2009 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Far be it from ABC to pay for interviews -- something they say they don't do -- but they will pay to stuff the stomachs of those they interview and then drive them comfortably to their hotel ... which is exactly what happened with the Heene family last night.

The Heene Family: Click to watch
We got the entire Balloon Family out for a fabulous sushi dinner at Ocean Grill in NYC.

Sources told TMZ that ABC paid the tab. We contacted ABC and they acknowledged they broke tuna rolls with the Balloons and did foot the bill.

Now here's the best part -- a source at GMA says, "We did not pay for a limo to drive them around the city. We did have a car service (SUV) take the family as they required a bigger car. "

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Maggie    

OK, folks, now the word is BOYCOTT, do not watch any ABC show that features these retards and their obnoxious foulmouthed children.

1717 days ago
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Susan    

TMZ, Kelly Ripa had some interesting scoop on this family this morning during host chat on Live with Regis and Kelly. She said one of her show's producers texted her yesterday evening, telling her she was eating dinner and the Heene family was at the same restaurant and they "were filming each other, not with personal camcorders, either...really filming!" Anyway, Kelly sometimes doesn't make a lot of sense but you might want to check that out.

1717 days ago
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pam    

I will NOT be watching anything on tv with this family in it. They should be in JAIL!

1717 days ago
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kadengirl    

agreed, except for Desparate Housewives.

1717 days ago
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Mikey    

Hey, lets interview the dirt bag family and pretend there normal. Reward them and give them a show that no one will watch.

1717 days ago
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ladyli1    

I totally agree! WTF! Those "parents" should be in jail instead of rolling around in Manhattan getting free meals and lodging. The courts should take any and every dime their milking and the IRS takes whats left.

1717 days ago
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mswings    

Apparently Richard Heene hasn't learned any lessons and would do it all over again because the media is so desperate they will pay him for his CRIMINAL behavior and abuse of his children. No ABC for me.

1717 days ago
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go away    

Booooooo ABC. No class.

1717 days ago
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cat b    

how long before Dr.Phil the pill jumps on this carcass with no medical lic. and cures these folks? or drive them completely over the edge

1717 days ago
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Luornu    

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?????

This sick bastard is now getting EXACTLY what he wanted....and now has three sick pups ready to follow in his footsteps because they won't know any better.

THE MEDIA HAS GONE MAD.

1717 days ago
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oh brother    

BOYCOTT ABC

1717 days ago
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oh brother    

BOYCOTT ABC

1717 days ago
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oh brother    

BOYCOTT ABC!

1717 days ago
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Frank    

I said it before and I'll say it again. If these fools get a show I will be getting rid of cable. Talk about rewarding bad behavior!!!

1717 days ago
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radarluv    

WHY did the Judge let them travel. They are being rewarded for bad behavior. This is just plain wrong.

1717 days ago
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