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Lifetime network yanks Heene family episode of 'Wife Swap': Balloon Boy banned

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File this one under They Pick The Oddest Times To Be Virtuous: It’s being reported that the Lifetime network has yanked one of the Heene family’s pre-Balloon Boy appearances on Wife Swap.

The rerun was scheduled to air on Oct. 29, well before the balloon hoax. A Lifetime spokesperson is quoted as saying, “At this time, we have no plans to air it in the future.”

The episode would have shown the Henne kids going wild, jumping off bannisters, and dad Richard being — what else? — loud and obnoxious.

I don’t know; I’m ambivalent about this decision. Yes, it’s probably nice not to give Richard Heene any more publicity. But airing the episode might enable some viewers to pick up some pointers on how not to bring up one’s children, and how not to behave in front of them. Or for that matter, in front of any other human beings.

What do you think?