The sheriff investigating the Balloon Boy incident said Sunday it was a "hoax" and a "publicity stunt" the boy's parents hoped to parlay into a reality TV show, and promised that charges would be presented to the local district attorney's office.Wolf Blitzer that he thought "we did this for a show.""After the fact ... we have since learned that these people are actors," said Alderden, who noted that the couple met in an acting class in Hollywood.Wife Swap.Alderden said his department made its best effort to save the boy when the boy was believed to be in the balloon. He said authorities were told it could carry a 37-pound boy— even though it was held together mainly with duct tape and string.Alderden told reporters: "It has been determined that this is a hoax, that it was a publicity stunt. We believe that we have evidence at this point to indicate that it was a publicity stunt done with the hopes of marketing themselves or better marketing themselves for a reality television show at some point in the future."Interviews with the parents Saturday led to his conclusions, Alderden said.Because of the ages of the children 6, 8 and 10, "I seriously doubt they will be facing any criminal charges," he said.
The Heenes were shopping with their three sons as Alderden held his news conference on the steps of the sheriff's station. Richard Heene said he's "seeking counsel," though it was unclear whether he meant hiring a lawyer.
"This thing has become so convoluted," Heene told The Associated Press as tears welled up in his eyes. He added that his wife was holding it together better than he was.
The event was a comic gift for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.
A small replica of the Jiffy Pop-looking balloon floated next to anchor Seth Meyers and tried to talk to him. "Get out of here, balloon ... because you're NOT news," Meyers yelled. Meyers softened when the balloon apologized and said it wasn't his fault: "I'm just a balloon."