Balloon Boy Vomits as Father is Asked if The Whole Thing Was a Hoax


This morning on the Today show, Balloon Boy vomited on live TV as Meredith Vieira asked his father, Richard Heene, whether the entire thing was a big publicity stunt. Amazing how in less than 24 hours this story has turned from one of gripping concern to the reality TV freak show of the year.

No wonder the kid is sick. The media schedule is grueling!


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  1. This is what happens when children are exploited by the media

    Posted by: Rocky | Oct 16, 2009 9:49:12 AM

  2. ...and their parents, Rocky.

    Posted by: patrick | Oct 16, 2009 9:57:24 AM

  3. them too

    Posted by: Rocky | Oct 16, 2009 10:02:30 AM

  4. straight people just weren't meant to raise children. This proves it once again...We need laws to protect them

    Posted by: hall | Oct 16, 2009 10:10:13 AM

  5. It's not like someone forced the father to go on TV...

    Posted by: Pender | Oct 16, 2009 10:20:39 AM

  6. Viva Falcon!

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 16, 2009 10:23:27 AM

  7. I just saw this here in Chicago and it looks like they edited this out because I didn't see it and I watched the whole interview. How funny.

    Posted by: Kyle | Oct 16, 2009 10:24:43 AM

  8. Vomiting is the proper response to Vieria's faux concern and 'hard hitting' questions. Actually its the proper response to all morning chat shows like 'The Today Show'.

    Posted by: princely54 | Oct 16, 2009 10:32:43 AM

  9. Maybe Falcon saw Meredith as the horny host of Millionaire and it made him vomit:

    Posted by: patrick | Oct 16, 2009 10:42:34 AM

  10. Did Falcon's head spin also?

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 16, 2009 10:43:40 AM

  11. The whole story is a stupid media circus about a misunderstanding. All I know is, even if he's slightly off-kilter, that dad is HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!!!! Yummy.

    Posted by: Dback | Oct 16, 2009 10:44:12 AM

  12. I'm sorry, I missed this story, WTF is about? At this point I'm glad I don't have a TV.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Oct 16, 2009 11:24:02 AM

  13. Look on youtube to see "Why balloon boy is fake". These people are trying to make a "tot" boy band out of their kids, singing a song "We're not pussified" and about farting. The parents are so obviously going for the publicity stunt to have the kids make them rich. In the Today Show interview, the father can't look the camera people in the eye why he sits there fibbing.

    Posted by: Pete | Oct 16, 2009 11:45:35 AM

  14. You need a license to hunt, drive a car, to fish and even to marry. But any idiots can have children. Well as least as Bill Donohue says in a later post here, at least the parents are not gay.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 16, 2009 12:07:14 PM

  15. oh wow. this clip totally just made my day. sooo makes up for the fact that this bs was all over tv yesterday, what a joke. there's nothing better to cover on the news?

    Posted by: mrpanic | Oct 16, 2009 12:19:49 PM

  16. I happened to catch this family on Wife Swap (really, I only watched it that one time!). I knew then they were wackos. I feel sorry for the kids.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 16, 2009 1:00:30 PM

  17. - more info about it!

    Posted by: hider | Oct 16, 2009 1:56:25 PM

  18. Are straight men that behind in fashion?

    That haircut is soooooooo 80s!

    Posted by: FunMe | Oct 16, 2009 2:54:42 PM

  19. As sad as this is, he's probably going to get a TV show -- and, honestly, could it get any worse than all those other craptastic reality tv family shows... Thank goodness for shows like Mad Men, showing that there's money and success to be had by making *quality* television out there, otherwise all we'd get is this reality TV crap.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 16, 2009 5:49:02 PM

  20. Is he the father of one of Octamon's kids?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 16, 2009 6:04:45 PM

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