Balloon Boy Saga – Or Sometimes Reality TV Has A Lot To Answer For
Why is it that a lot of people who go on reality TV shows automatically think that this will be their way to great fame and fortune? And when it doesn’t happen they either have to go back to their day jobs, or they start thinking of crazy ideas to get attention.
And this appears to be the case in the Balloon Boy incident. If you have been living under a rock a boy apparently went up in a balloon which was followed by the local TV stations and broadcast around the US, but when the balloon landed the boy was not in there, but later found in the attic at home.
The father Richard Heene has been on two episodes of Wife Swap, plus has been pitching a reality show to some of the networks this year, so the theory is the whole balloon saga was an elaborate hoax.
This is just about confirmed by a former protege of Richard Heene, Robert Thomas who sold a story to Gawker. He states that Richard is really keen for fame and fortune, and that he is also a tad unhinged. Of course Robert may be just trying to cut himself into the story of the week.
Anyway the dad might be a bit crazy but the six year old boy looks like a little cutie. Above is a clip where Richard denies it is a hoax and balloon boy pukes on TV, but that was not going to stop dad from doing the interview.