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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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91.

jack    

he should tell her to go to HELL and no one should watch food network till they fire her fat ugly bitch ASS HER COOKING SUCKS ANY WAY!!!!!!

1313 days ago
92.

janet    

Alan-

Your right this is a big time PR nightmare and you know damn well her publisist will take the hit and probally get fired. Ina won't take the blame and your right the court of public opinion has spoken.

1313 days ago
93.

jen    

tell her to go to hell then hang up on her..............fat biotch......

1313 days ago
94.

blondie    

however it happened. i am so happy for the little boy. i know it should have happened in the first place but it is finally going to happen and i couldn't be happier for that child. i hope he has a wonderful time.

1313 days ago
95.

MT2    

"became aware of Enzo's story this weekend"
BULL****

1313 days ago
96.

Rhonda    

If it brings Enzo happiness, so be it -- ...but, with me, she's still lost a fan forever. Thanks, TMZ, for (hopefully) teaching this famed chef a lesson or two!

1313 days ago
97.

Shelley    

Its too bad her PR machine crashed her into a wall. I'm sure it was never her intent to decline this child's wish. Her handlers need to be held somewhat responsible. Unfortunately the damage is already done.

1313 days ago
98.

Lori    

Have any of you hateful people on here considered the possibility that Ina may actually NOT have known about this request? Fact: her life is different than the average person's life and the requests for her time are exponentially greater. She has a staff to manage her calendar. She may not approve/disapprove all of the requests. Furthermore, how can one person say yes to everything, especially when the requests are so numerous? I was sad for the kid, but I don't think it's fair to spew such hatred toward Ina Garten when we only know one side of the story.

1313 days ago
99.

Sunshine0576    

I call bull**** on that! She is only doing it to save what career she has left. If I were the family, I would say "thanks but NO THANKS" and take up the offers from the other celebrity chefs. This chick can suck it!

1313 days ago
100.

MT2    

It's never too early (or too late) for this little boy to learn that not everybody you want to meet is worth knowing.

1313 days ago
101.

macy    

I used to enjoyed her show and cookbooks. After this situation was exposed, I will never watch her show or purchase any product she endorses. Does fat Contessa really think we believe she was not aware of the TWO requests.

1313 days ago
102.

Magus    

He's already decided to go swim with dolphins, not hang out with a beached whale.

1313 days ago
103.

TheMachine1    

@Lori The very fact she has "a staff to manage her calendar", is reason enough for us to hate her.

1313 days ago
104.

christi    

SHAME ON HER!!!! I will never watch her show again. What a snobby b**ch!!!! I hope they cancel her show for this!!!

1313 days ago
105.

Cujeaux    

I bet the Food Network execs had to force the Fred Flintstone Foot's hand in the matter and threaten to fire her if she didn't comply. LIAR!

She should have issued a public statement apologizing for her callousness and offered to fly to his home to do something special for the kid. Nobody believes the BS that she didn't know about it.

HER SHOW WILL FAIL and it's exactly what she deserves.

1313 days ago
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