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'Jon & Kate' Producer: 'Balloon Boy' Family Wouldn't Get On His Shows

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'Jon & Kate' Producer: 'Balloon Boy' Family Wouldn't Get On His Shows

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'Jon & Kate' Producer: 'Balloon Boy' Family Wouldn't Get On His Shows

A question that's come up a lot in the six days since the "balloon boy" story burst on to the scene has been whether the Heene family of Colorado really might have been able to land a reality TV gig if all had gone well for them.

This afternoon, All Things Considered host Michele Norris asked Bill Hayes, president and founder of the company that produces such reality shows as Jon & Kate Plus 8, if the Heenes could have made it on to one of his programs.

Hayes said no: "The (Discovery) network requires us to do a background check on everybody and this family wouldn't have made it very far in that process."

Here's part of their conversation:

'Jon & Kate' Producer: 'Balloon Boy' Family Wouldn't Get On His Shows

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More from the interview is due on today's edition of ATC. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts the show.