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Richard Heene appears on Today to discuss 'Balloon Boy' saga

NEW YORK - "Balloon Boy" father Richard Heene is making the television talk show rounds with a Larry King Live appearance set to air on Friday night on CNN and an early-morning interview on NBC's Today.

"I'm not disputing the fact that I did have to plead guilty. And when I say have to - I had to do it to save my family and my wife," Heene told King. "The threat of deportation was eminent."

Mayumi Heene is not formally a citizen of the United States. Heene closed the NBC interview with Lauer by saying, "I need to clear my name. I need everybody to know that this was not a hoax, absolutely not." Heene is set to start his jail sentence on Monday. />

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