Film and TV

The Jimmy Kimmel-Richard Heene connection takes off

Like every late-night yakker, Jimmy Kimmel has made his share of Balloon Boy jokes; witness the skit above, in which his security guard supposedly floats over Fort Collins. But Kimmel claims a closer connection to balloonatic Richard Heene than most of his colleagues, declaring that a few years back, a mutual acquaintance passed along the following offer: For $25,000, Dick would put Jimmy's name on the side of a rocket and blast it into space.

Looks like that deal, as well as Heene's reality-TV/attention whore dreams, exploded on the launchpad.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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