Back in 2012, a blog called Hooked on Houses alleged that the show “House Hunters” was absolutely fake. The blog claimed that HGTV only casts people who have already purchased a house. One of the show’s participants, Bobi, said that the producers scramble around pretending to find houses when in fact they’ve already bought a house.
She added that the properties weren’t even for sale, to begin with, they were allegedly homes of friends. HGTV later released a statement but they never really denied nor confirmed Bobi’s comments. When Entertainment Weekly sought to verify Bobi’s comments and she backed out simply stating that her experience wasn’t “the norm.” Perhaps HGTV paid her some hush money.
Property Brothers Aren't Big Fans of Tiny Houses
Drew and Jonathan Scott dissed the whole concept of another fellow HGTV show called Tiny Houses during an interview with the Omaha World-Herald back in 2016.
“The problem is, tiny houses don’t conform to code. It’s fine if you want something that’s kind of a travel camper, something like that, but to actually think about living in a tiny home, it’s not feasible for most families,” said Drew. Was he just "keeping it real", or should he have shown more support of the show?
Identical Appearance, Very Different Love Life
After getting engaged in 2016, Drew and his longtime girlfriend, Linda Phan finally tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Italy. Meanwhile, Jonathan split up with his girlfriend, Jacinta Kuznetsov, after being together for two years.
Before that, Jonathan was married to an airline crew scheduler named Kelsey but their marriage lasted only two years. In 2019, Jonathan started dating actress and singer Zooey Deschanel and we hope these two are going to make it all the way.
Contestant Cheats on Ellen’s Design Challenge
"Ellen’s Design Challenge" is produced by Ellen Degeneres and aired on the HGTV network. During the first season, there was a pretty big scandal. Apparently, the winner, contestant Tim McClellan, stole his design from a European designer named Simon Schacht. What a rookie mistake.
This, of course, led to him losing his winning title, which was then given to the runner-up, Katie Stout. Just to let him feel karma a bit more, the show’s producers made sure to do this very publicly which just added to Tim's humiliation, and certainly couldn't be good for business as he also owns a furniture store.
The HGTV Dream Homes Come With a Catch
Since 1997, the HGTV show, "Dream Homes", has given away a new $1 million home every year. Unfortunately, for the "lucky" winner, HGTV doesn't help you with the taxes that accompany such a lavish asset. Nearly every winner with the exception of two has sold their home because they couldn't afford to pay the taxes.
Don Cruz, the 2005 winner of the Lake Tyler house, requested the option to rent out the master bedroom suite on a nightly basis in order to help him pay the taxes. However, his proposition was rejected. Later, after Cruz realized that the house had an even higher value than what he previously believed, he sold the home. Would you still want one of these million-dollar homes?