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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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511.

EarthEcho    

You don't know what emotions may be tied up in this for Ina. Just because the boy is sick and wants something doesn't make it happen. I'm not so sure I would be willing to do it. Allow someone to make a decision without having everyone judging them.

1210 days ago
512.

uhyeahno    

You got the story wrong. Her assistants said no, she had no idea so leave her alone.

1210 days ago
513.

LauraL    

Martha Stewart would have invited the child to her show. shame on Ina.

1210 days ago
514.

steve    

GFY Ina!!!!!

1210 days ago
515.

Lucas    

Expecting Garten to drop everything when she had obligations in place is just a jerk move. The real folks to blame are Make a Wish who apparently promised this kid it would happen before they nailed it down. Which is NOT policy. The wishers are asked to provide 3 things they would love to do in order of preference and the staff tries to make it happen. But they are not to discuss the progress with the kid until the deal is set. That way the kid's hopes aren't built up over something that might not happen. They screwed this up and Garten is the one getting reamed over it. And then again when she tries to save their butts even though she's not obligated too.

1210 days ago
516.

charli    

Are we even sure that Garten knew about any of this before the heat started. Someone like that more likely has a staff that handles everything on her behalf. For all we know, Make a Wish called her people who checked her calendar and said the date wouldn't work. Make a Wish called back with a new date that also didn't work etc. ANd then some peeved worker decided to blow it all out that Garten was a beeyotch who wouldn't make time for a dying kid (perhaps for money) and it was only then that Garten had a clue that they had been trying to set anything up. And on her own directly called the family to try to work something out.

1210 days ago
517.

Lisa E.    

LIFE CAN BE A BITCH AT TIMES CAN'T IT INA, JUST LIKE YOU, YOU OLD FAT HUSSY, BEST BE GLAD I'M NOT ENZO'S FAMILY, YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE CUSSING OF YOUR LIFE, YOU MADE THIS CREUL BED, NOW YOU MUST LAY IN IT!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! THAT'S MY GIRL KARMA!!!!

1210 days ago
518.

South Beach    

Contessa Von Bloat, you're self-absorbtion will come back to haunt you. And I doubt it will take long. You should have given a little more thought to who your audience is.

Yeppers, mommys just like that childs. Oops...That crash you hear are your ratings...Karma, the gift that keeps on giving..

1210 days ago
519.

maria    

first off if the people against this read up alittle on the make a wish foundation you would know that these wishes are for kids who they know wont make it that much longer so before there time is up they try and do something nice for the child my sister was apart of this orginaztion and a week after our trip she passed away it doesnt matter how busy the person is the child asked to make one meal with them honestly how long would that take. people these days dont care about anyone but themselves i understand these people are really busy but comeon the child asked for this wish what a year or two before and she said no than and is saying no now you seriously cannot be that booked that you cant take acouple of hours out for a child who wished to meet you when that child could wish to do so much more but you made an impace on their life and now let them down again and for number 20 i dont know why you made your father not donate its not the make a wish foundations fault that ina garten is a selfish person

1210 days ago
520.

gollo47    

i for one won't be seeing her show no longer n hope she gets canceled

1210 days ago
521.

maria    

and for 58 they get one wish its not a wish everytime they ask for something and its a no its a wish if the wish is granted to that person ..... and for 533 your wrong the make a wish foundation does NOT TELL THE CHILD YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE 100 PERCENT BECAUSE IVE BEEN THERE AND IVE EXPERIENCED IT THEY TELL YOU THAT THEY WILL DO AS MUCH AS THEY CAN TO MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE SO I SUGGEST SINCE YOU DONT KNOW **** DONT SAY ANYTING AND THAT GOES TO ALL OF YOU PEOPLE SAYING THINGS AGAINST THIS FOUNDATION ...WHEN MY SISTER WAS SICK THEY DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE HER WISH COME TRUE THEY SENT MY WHOLE FAMILY AND I AWAY AND EVEN SENT A NURSE WITH US TO TAKE CARE OF MY SISTER THEY DO MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR ALL THESE CHILDREN AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WRONG HERE ARE THE ONES WHO SAY NO I DONT CARE HOW FAMOUS YOU ARE YOUR NOT TO BUSY FOR SOMEONE FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS I KNOW SOMEONE CLOSE TO ME THAT HER WISH WAS TO MEET JOHN TRAVOLTA AND LETS FACE IT WE ALL KNOW HE IS ALOT MORE BUSY THAT INA AND HE TOOK TWO DAYS OFF FOR HER AND HER FAMILY ITS ABOUT HAVING A HEART AND CARING!!

1210 days ago
522.

Bankshot    

I always thought she had no depth but I didn't know she was this shallow.

1209 days ago
523.

foodie    

So dont call us..........................just hit our paypal button?

1209 days ago
524.

Darren    

I cant believe Ina how busy is she that for two years they tried to get her to open a day in her schedule and she was too busy. Out of 365 days in a year she can't fit in one for a dying child. There is a special place in hell for people like her. She has proved how self centered she was before when celebrity Jennifer Garner wanted to come on her show because she loved it, she was turned down because Ina said she only wanted friends to appear and Jennifer wasn't a friend. How dumb could she be Jennifer Garner would have increased her male viewership ten fold. God Bless Enzo and his family. Ina just remember karma can be a bitch, what goes around comes around and you will find that out when you are standing in the unemployment line.

1209 days ago
525.

Scotty    

Why don't you all shut up! You don't cook and you don't watch Ina! You are filled with hatred toward people of privilege! Ina made her own fortune, she didn't marry it like so many hollywood hookers. She worked very hard for what she has. She is a nice person, who has many "handlers", but her good heart would have said yes to make a wish, IF she had known about it. Give her a break!

1208 days ago
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