Betty on the News: Balloon Boy's Dad Ticked Off at Hoax Allegations

Richard Heene says the incident was not a publicity stunt.

Betty on the News: Balloon Boy’s Dad Ticked Off at Hoax Allegations

Richard Heene says the incident was not a publicity stunt.

-Carolyn French

Richard Heene and his son Falcon

Richard Heene, the father of the 6-year-old boy who was thought to have floated away on a “homemade flying saucer” in Colorado, went on the Today show Friday to declare that the incident was not a hoax.

“Now I am starting to get a little ticked off because I am repetitively getting asked this in the last couple of interviews,” Heene told Meredith Vieira. “What do I have to gain about this? I am not selling anything. I am not advertising anything.”

The confusion started on Thursday when Heene’s son Falcon told CNN that it was done “for a show,” but Heene claims his son was referring to a camera crew who had asked Falcon to reenact him climbing up into the attic — where he was later discovered.

Falcon confessed to telling his brother Bradford he was going to “sneak inside” the balloon, but then slip back out, in order to make people think he was inside the balloon when it took off from the family’s backyard on Thursday.

“Everyone who helped out, Sheriff’s Department, National Guard, the news, everybody, they were just incredible,” Heene said before the interview concluded. “I just can’t believe that that many people poured their hearts out and helped.” (UsMagazine.com)

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