Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new Magnolia Network show “Home Work” was taken off the air within days of its launch due to allegations of poor quality work and inflated rates by the show’s home renovators Candis and Andy. Meredith.
The show about Utah-based renovators, who had previously appeared on the HGTV and DIY Network show “Old Home Love,” was touted as the next “Fixer Upper” until angry customers chimed in online with stories of home renovations. homes and improvements that turned out horribly. incorrect.
On Wednesday, Utah resident Aubry Bennion detailed her 2019 experience with the Merediths in 18 Instagram posts. Bennion wrote that the price of his kitchen renovation skyrocketed from three weeks to five months and cost $ 39,000, almost double the price that he originally quoted. Most of that money was spent fixing the inferior work done by the Merediths, he claimed.
In another post, he lamented that the platform they added to the back of his kitchen was improperly built over a sprinkler system, causing $ 18,000 in damage.
In his 17th post, he wrote that he was sharing the story of the “fraudulent construction project” to “protect potential future victims from his dangerous pattern of behavior. And I share in the hope that they are responsible for the ways in which they have hurt those of us who are left behind as a result of their work. “
On Friday, the Merediths responded in a lengthy Instagram post, saying in part, “We’ve always tried to give everything we have to make anyone we work with happy. We can only say that there are two sides to every story. “You can read his full answer by clicking here.
Another owner, Teisha Satterfield Hawley, filed similar complaints, claiming on Instagram that the Merediths were delayed more than six weeks and then demanded an additional $ 40,000 to complete the work. She refused to pay the extra money and fired them.
On Friday night, after the decision to change the program was announced, Allison Page, president of Magnolia Network, said in a statement: “Magnolia Network is aware that certain owners have expressed concern about the renovation projects undertaken. by Candis and Andy Meredith. In the past few days, we have obtained additional information on the extent of these issues and have decided to remove ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network line pending a review of the claims that have been made. “
At the time of publication, all mention of the show appeared to have been removed from the Magnolia Network site.
Deadline first reported the story.