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'Barefoot Contessa' AGREES to See Make-A-Wish Kid

3/28/2011 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's a MIRACLE!!!! "Barefoot Contessa" star Ina Garten has somehow found the time to meet with a Make-A-Wish foundation kid named Enzo ... after TMZ reported she denied his request TWICE.

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Garten's rep released a statement explaining how the Food Network chef only "became aware of Enzo's story this weekend" .... and insists she will be calling the 6-year-old later today.

As we first reported, Enzo is battling leukemia -- and told the foundation he WISHED he could cook a meal with Ina ... because he watched her show with his mom while in bed battling the illness.

Enzo's family, along with the M.A.W. foundation, had confirmed that Garten declined to grant Enzo's wish due to scheduling conflicts -- TWICE -- but now, Garten's rep says she's willing to play ball.

The rep insists, "[Ina] looks forward to inviting him to spend some time with her at the Food Network studios."

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MoonDust    

Those ''novels'' written in support of Ina, are probably her people. We the public, have already sentenced the bitc* and revealed who she trully is. All she cares is about herself. Hope the kid's family and Enzo deny her after she denied Enzo, not once, but twice!!! lol at Ina's staff for coming to her fake deffence!!

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Anna S    

Will there be a cookie/brownie/dessert mix that gives proceeds to Make-a-Wish (and maybe the little guy's college fund)? Just sayin...

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big mouth vato    

oh fk that..fk her..you mean after days of silence on this issue from her....NOW after a barrage of bad publicity and LIES? you just became aware of it? all the reams of hate mail becmame too much for you and the food network to handle..damage is done...how uncomfotrable to be in a situation to lie to his mom and kid ..i turned you down twice....i just got a text recently....here i am!! no....i hope the dolphin story is a bteer choice...in the course of life enzo ..you have beautiful people with souls to match...she is the opposite...she does not deserve this fake act of trying to do good...if so wait for her to knock on your door and slam it in her face!!!!!!!!!!!! have a miami dolphin jersey on ok? sweet....hey bear foot ****essa...i will forever hate your guts...rancid fat bitch self serving ego.... get out of way of real people trying to make a difference.....

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anony    

KID--stick to your guns and tell her that you'd rather do your other choice, swim with the dolphins!!
DON'T GIVE HER THE SATISFACTION!!!!

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Lori    

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Screw that fat bytch. I'm never watching her show ever again. It's too late. I'd been looking for a good reason not to watch her anyway. She's boring as hell, and I've never seen a woman with that many male gay friends. Does she ever cook for straight people??? My God, every single time she's cooking it's got to be for another damn gay male couple. Her husband looks like he wears plaid jackets with patches on the elbows just to eat dinner every night. No wonder she fills her time with gay men. Her husband's probably closeted as it is. But every single show she's decorating the table and cooking a romantic or fun friendly dinner for a couple of gay dudes. I wish the food network would take her off the air. This little stunt of hers should be enough to make them drop her show. Refusing to see a little child with a dying wish of meeting her nasty stuck up ass. And her secretary already stated WHY she wouldn't meet him and even justified it by saying she can't meet everybody all the time, so no she's trying to claim she didn't even know about this kid til this story came out. BS, she's busted!! Her secretary already ran her mouth and let the world know she knew all about this kid. BUSTED! I hope TMZ doesn't drop this story. This woman deserves to have more bad PR head her way.

P.S. I guess this kid wasn't gay, or she'd have cooked for him.

Posted at 12:22 PM on Mar 28, 2011 by Tammy LM
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wow...sounds like you have a lot more issues than just Ina not filling a request to cook for a little boy.

You might want to see a therapist for that anger issue...oh and the homophobic thing is very unattractive.

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Interesting to Note    

Wait - "[Ina] looks forward to inviting him to spend some time with her at the Food Network studios." Interesting considering her show isn't TAPED at the studio - it's taped at her home in the Hamptons. So basically it's a Meet & Greet supervised by the powers that be at Food Network, right? Wonder how low the numbers dipped this weekend.

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157.

kali    


Too late, damage has already been done you nasty woman!

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158.

Amy    

Too little, too late.

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Donna    

@ANNI

FIRST OF ALL ENZO IS A LIVING CHILD NOT A DYING ONE SECOND YOU'RE RIGHT SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN BUSY THE FIRST TIME BUT TOO BUSY TO PICK UP THE PHONE THEN AND TALK TO HIM NOW SHE HAS THE TIME TO CALL HIM YEAH RIGHT THIRD ALL THIS OUTRAGE IS BECAUSE SHE DENIED THIS CHILD NOT ONCE BUT TWICE IF SHE WANTED TO BE CONNECTED WITH MAW SHE AT LEAST NEEDS TO MAKE A EFFORT TO SHOW THAT SHE CARES SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED

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vegas1    

Why does she want to see the child now,is it because she got so much flack over it and now she feels guilty!shame on her,if i were the child i'd cross her off the list!too many other nice celebs out there that would want to make a dying child's wish come true!

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161.

Rose    

Coincidentally, a good friend saw Ina in an Art Studio recently, and said she was not a nice lady. He must have been right!

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162.

TIKO    

EVERYONE WHO IS UPSET ABOUT INA'S REACTION TO THE PUBLICITY REGARDING ENZO CALL 865 560...-3976 AND VOICE YOUR FEELINGS. YOU WILL TALK TO A LIVE PERSON WHO TRIES TO WHITE WASH THIS INCIDENT LIKE INA NEVER (IN 2 YEARS)KNEW OF THIS REQUEST. SEEMS FUNNY TO ME AND MANY MORE LIKE ME THAT NOW THAT THE NEWS HAS COME OUT THAT SHE IS REACHING OUT TO ENZO AND HIS FAMILY. LET THE OTHER CHEFS COOK WITH HIM. ALSO IT IS FUNNY TO ME THAT OTHER CHEFS HAVE NOT DEFENDED HER. INA I AM NO LONGER TUNING INTO YOUR SHOW AND I WILL NEVER EVER BUY A COOKBOOK OR ANY PRODUCT THAT YOU ARE IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO. CALL THAT NUMBER LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR HOW MUCH YOU DISLIKE INA AND HER TREATMENT OF ENZO. GOD BLESS YOU ENZO AND MY YOU SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS WITH A HAPPY HEART.

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Anj    

no matter what happens with this women and her PR nightmare, i wish this lil boy all the love in the world, this wish was about making him happy and he deserves happiness, screw her

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Garth    

This shines a major negative light on Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) who now has decided to make this wish come true for this kid. She should be more concerned with hiring a good PR agency to clean this up. Consequently, her show's ratings should plummet and her show cancelled.

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Lori    

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The intelligence you all seem to lack is astounding. Do any of you have any reading comprehension skills? All TMZ articles should be read with a grain of salt. This is hardly a reliable news source. Are your brains leaking, or have you forgotten that this is the "classy" website who releases a 911 after a celebrity dies? That's top notch journalism...NOT!

This child isn't dying, he's been in remission for two years now, get your facts straight. Yes, it's still a shame that he suffers from "ALL" to begin with. So he was denied twice, it wasn't done personally by Ina, it went thru her agent. NONE of you have any proof to suggest otherwise. Not every request goes straight to the person, that's what agents are for. Believe what you want you TMZ trolls but calm down you look like a bunch of fools. I for one, believe that she just heard of this boy's request(I could care less what you hypocritical beings think) and I'm glad that she is chosing to see him. No PR stunt, just a huge misunderstanding that has been completely blown of of proportion. Way out of proportion.

Don't you people have anything better to do? Everyone on here seems to have all the time in the world to spout their hate, but I would bet my life that not even 5% of you have EVER donated your time and/or money to a good cause. Ina is a very successful and busy woman. How many of you can say the same? I would say not many, judging by the majority of the comments on here.

BTW, the story was leaked by this childs mother, shouldn't she be worrying about the health of her child? Why isn't anyone getting upset at this mother? I would think that her child should be her FIRST priority, not trying to get her 15 minutes of fame. Wake up, people!

Posted at 12:16 PM on Mar 28, 2011 by lindsey
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Well said Lindsey.

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