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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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61.

CrashAndBurn    

Who the hell turns down a kid from Make A Wish foundation? and what Rep would turns down a request as well? Dumbass...

1212 days ago
62.

ME    

I DELETED ALL HER SHOWS AND WILL NOT BUY ANY OF HER COOKBOOKS! BY THE WAY NOW THAT OI THINK ABOUT IT SHE IS ANNOYING KISS BUTT. JEFFREY HARDLY WAS AROUND YOU AND COULDNT STAND YOUR FAKE BUTT! HES WITH A DECENT LOVING FUN LADY NOW. EWWWWWWWW YOU MAKE ME SICK ''SHE IS GOING TO CALL HIM'' MOVE AROUND FAT LITLLE SHORT PIG HOG! DONT ACT LIKE YOUR POOP DONT STINK! WITH ALL YOUR HASBEEN LOCAL LAME FRIENDS!

1212 days ago
63.

countrylover    

What took so long?? She should be ashamed of herself!! I will never give her any air time.

1212 days ago
64.

D.    

Isn't it amazing what a little bad press will do for a girl. Sudenly free time...well to quote Ina..."how easy is that?" I would love to have an email address for the Food Network so that we could ALL share our thoughts with them on what a humanatarian Ian is.

1212 days ago
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alexreager    

And another thing, TMZ, when the f*ck did you get so high and mighty? The first story was bad enough but "somehow found the time to meet" as if the blood sucking fame-whoring star-f*ckers at TMZ have any type of legitimacy. Porn is very popular on the internet too but that doesn't give the pornographers the right to judge others. Those girls are still just sucking c*cks for money...just like TMZ is stalking/violating private citizens because they are celebrities.

Harvey, where does that ego in your organization come from? As an attorney, I'm sure you feel the all powerful sense of entitlement but in your line of business, a little humility would be appreciated by your users. YOU RUINED THIS WOMAN. But you'll sleep well tonight, right? SHES the one that did this, not you....right? Whatever it takes to live with yourself doing vampire work.

1212 days ago
66.

Patch    

I say the kid should go with the dolphins and the other two chefs and tell the Barefoot Barbarian that his schedule is full.

1212 days ago
67.

kp    

I would not walk across the street to meet Ina, she should have made it work before it went public. shame on her

1212 days ago
68.

tim    

Ina sucks at charity, but she cooks like an angel!

1212 days ago
69.

all about the money    

Kid should tell her he has already gotten offers from two real chefs to make his wish come true and she can go back to her book signings.

I imagine what happened is a flood of emails/calls to Food Network make the execs look into what was going on. Maybe the threat by some investors to yank money from the show over the issue, general bad press was making her someone that any studio wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. Then one of her producers (or maybe her agent) came up with the idea that they could film the segment and really advertise it and make a big deal about it. After all big deal = bid $$$. Notice she said invite him to the studio.

Its also possible that she is innocent in the whole thing and her manager/publicists/agent got the request and figured there would be no money in it so threw it in the trash. They didn't except it to become public and trash her image the way it has. Only offering this benefit of the doubt since she is claiming she didn't know about it. Now it is very possible she blew him off figuring nothing will come out of it only to be back peddling in a publicity storm now over the whole thing.

1212 days ago
70.

Toasty J    

Hope that fatso Ina doesn't confuse Enzo with orzo and eat him.

1212 days ago
71.

JF    

Here is something which should matter - I hope TMZ notices this.

A protocol called PCI was the rarest good news at last December's ASH convention for hematologists.

I am part of its clinical trial. I have been sick with an incurable lymphoma for a decade and was near to death until I began it in November.

The doctor who created it is someone I trust: he has no arrogance and much candor and sweetness. So when he told me it has worked in tests with all b cell cancers (including all leukemias except the myeloid based ones), it is something that this boy's parents should know about.

Trials are in progress around the country. The origin point is Weill Cornell Hematology Department here in Manhattan, NYC.

If any of you knows anyone with a b cell cancer, this is both good news and, if things are dire, something to act on.

1212 days ago
72.

janalal4    

Give me a break! How many letters do sudo-celebs get every day asking for SOMETHING! Not every letter looks legit, nor do you have time to really care. I am sure the almost dead kid's letter was an oversight. Remember all those "(whose)bad" people who took advantage of poor little Michael Jackson when he opened his home up for little kids to sleep in his bed.

Posted at 11:30 AM on Mar 28, 2011 by anni

Sorry Ina, you STILL suck......and so do YOU 'anni'

1212 days ago
73.

Patch    

@alexreager -- If you are so outraged by TMZ why did you even bother to post such a long comment? Seriously, find something else to read that you would enjoy more or are you just trolling?

1212 days ago
74.

janet    

With everyone reeming her an new a-hole, don't you just love how they always "just found out".

Oh yeah, we all no this is total dammage control. Too little too late. Completly token. Well let Enzo have fun and hopefull he can still play with the dolphins as well.

I still think Iron Chef Mike Symon would have been a blast. He is so much more popular and he had no problem making time for Enzo.

1212 days ago
75.

Judge Not    

I too am sorely disappointed in her for refusing this child's wish in the first place. I will never look at her the same way; there was nothing she could have done to change that once this story came out.

But at the end of the day, this is not about how the public feels about Ina. It's about a little boy who is very sick. For Enzo's sake, I hope this is all handled properly from this point. He doesn't need to know all the venom that has been directed at Ina, and hopefully he doesn't understand that the public had to pressure her into meeting him to the extend that we did. I believe she's only doing it in response to the public outrage, but, if they do meet, I hope she manages to make him feel special and like she actually WANTED to meet him.

And I can't help but hope he prefers to swim with dolphins or meet with the Chefs who offered.

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