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'Make-A-Wish' Kid to Barefoot C: Don't Call Us ...

3/30/2011 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten just learned a hard lesson ... late is not always better than never ... because she just got blown off by the family of a "Make-a-Wish" boy.

Barefoot Contessa

You'll recall ... Enzo -- a 6-year-old with cancer -- wanted to cook a meal with Ina, but she couldn't find the time. 

After TMZ broke the story, Ina took lots of heat.  So Monday night she called Enzo's family and offered for them to come to the Food Network for a cookout.

Enzo's dad Adrian tells us ... the ship has sailed:  "I don't want to put my son through all these emotions.  We're better off just leaving everything the way it is."

As TMZ previously reported -- Enzo's new wish to swim with dolphins is already in the works, and Adrian tells us it will be fulfilled in August.


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181.

Cujeaux    

A lousy cookout? RU kidding? I would tell her sorry, I'll be busy cleaning the litter box that night.

I have a feeling this will be the last time anyone wishes to dine with this woman again.

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182.

Raejean    

P.S. The nice fat people of the world say stop hating on her because she's fat if there are more worthwhile reasons to hate on her.

1200 days ago
183.

Raejean    

Good for them. I have already written her off my own "watch schedule" and didn't plan to change my mind just because she got religion and decided to capitulate.

Too late, Ina. Shouldn't have happened in the first place. Fire your handlers if you want, but it won't save your reputation.

1200 days ago
184.

JasonBR    

Good. She didnt deserve it. You have the time all of a sudden? What a bitch.

1200 days ago
185.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma Say Send Balloons For Enzo So He Can Fly And She Gits Mo Checks.

1200 days ago
186.

patty    

RIGHT ON! It's too late you selfish witch Ina. Good for the family and I hope that Enzo has a good time with the dolphins instead of spending time with that whale!

KARMA! BOYCOTT INA!!!

1200 days ago
187.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma Wants Enzo Be Next Balloon Boy, Send Mo Checks

1200 days ago
188.

TiminPhx    

How many of the self-righteous here even donate to charity. And those of you who do, what is it, a couple of ten spots a couple of times a year to some charity that's chic at the moment?

No one knows if the woman donates a lot of money or time to other causes.

And business is business. Perhaps she really couldn't break a contractual obligation, perhaps the family was trying to make her commit to a certain date.

As horrible as it is for the family, for them to bash someone for not going along with what they want isn't right.

1200 days ago
189.

sean    

Why can't he do both sounds like the family is being spiteful even if the Barefoot contessa is doing this to clean up the bad publicity Enzo should take her up on their offer He would have so much fun,and the food network could film it all and exploit the poor little terminally ill guido some more..It's t-shirt time then GTL baby...

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190.

CountryGal    

Mo Money Mo Money Mo Money Fo Enzo Momma

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191.

1luv    

As they use to say on Sanford and Son ~ she is an ole fish eyed fool!!! No one cares about this chick or her cooking now. Her heartless secret is out and she might as well go sit in a corner somewhere.

TMZ: You betta put that baby's pictures up when he swims in August (if the parents allow them). That will be so uplifting to see.

1200 days ago
192.

CountryGal    

Make Yo Checks Out To ENZO MOMMA, TMZ aint paid enuff to Enzo Momma.

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193.

Wellington     

IIRC when this story was first reported, the boy had already gone on to the swimming with dolphins wish. It seems to me that the family member who gave this story to TMZ did if for no other reason than to get revenge on Garten which is as much against the spirit of the MAW Foundation as Garten. Two wrongs don't make a right, and I'm sure MAW didn't appreciate the family doing what they did for revenge and publicity.

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194.

LawyerGal    

Yes #172, Make a Wish is to blame. Just because a kid asks for something is not a reason to get it if not age appropriate. What if the kid wants to go on the space shuttle? Anybody who knows anything about tv chefs should know they are not warm and fuzzy people. They are driven & demanding, especially those who have their own tv shows. When they are not filming their shows, they are managing their restaurants, going on book tours & hawking merchandise at personal appearances. They are the last people on the planet that any self-respecting 6 year old kid should want to meet. Still not convinced? Then ask their assistants who labor behind the scenes, that is, those who are not too afraid to speak out. I believe the kid's wish was genuine, he & his mom cook together while watching the show. But mom really violated his privacy by putting his wish on her blogsite. In fact, a case could be made that it is child exploitation, especially if she makes money off of this. Interesting that you are not worried about that aspect of mom's blog.

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195.

CountryGal    

Enzo Momma Say No Little Bills Please, Only Big Bills$$$$$$$$$$$$

1200 days ago
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