The new Red Magnolia, the vehicle led by Upper fixator Superstars Chip and Joanna Gaines have pulled one of their series off the calendar just two days after its release.
Homework It has been withdrawn after allegations of poor work and overcharges surfaced by its two-owner hosts. The show was previously available on the Magnolia Network tab on Discovery +, but was elevated to the cable channel at the launch of Magnolia this week.
The show stars Utah-based Andy and Candis Meredith, who renovate homes in their state. The series was reportedly originally the brainchild of Joanna Gaines, and was touted as the next Upper fixator by at least one media source. Andy and Candis Meredith also appeared on HGTV and DIY Network. Old home love.
All of that was undone on Wednesday, when accounts surfaced detailing alleged flight attendants and shoddy work by the Merediths on some previous renovations. While all of the shows on Discovery’s list have shown that renovation projects can often suffer from delays and overruns, the specific charges against the Merediths also allege poor communications when things got messy in their dealings.
The Merediths responded by denying the allegations on Instagram. “We have always tried to give everything we have to make anyone we work with happy,” they wrote, adding: “We can only say that there are two sides to every story …”
Allison Page, president of Magnolia Networks, also issued a statement.
“Magnolia Network is aware that some homeowners have raised concerns about the renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith. In the past few days, we have received 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. “
The news that derailed Homework was posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
Aubry Bennion, a homeowner in Utah, shared an 18-post story on Instagram about his experience Wednesday. Bennion hired the Merediths in 2019 to renovate his kitchen. He was initially told that the project would take three weeks and cost $ 20,000. That rose to $ 25,000 during the show’s taping.
The project far exceeded that projection, Bennion said. It ended up taking five months and cost him more than $ 39,000. He claimed that much of that money was spent on fixing problems created by the renovation.
Bennion wrote in another Instagram post that the Merediths added a deck to the back of their kitchen. That went wrong when they built it over a sprinkler system and created a drainage problem. Bennion’s home allegedly nearly flooded due to the cover issued, an incident that she claimed lowered the value of her home and cost $ 18,000 to repair.
That disaster was compounded by a lack of communication, Bennion said. She claimed that she talked to the Merediths about the issues at all times, and that she was often given excuses or promises that things would come the next day that never happened.
Bennion said he reached out to the Magnolia Network producers for help. They allegedly gave Candis a “stern conversation” after their call, according to one of Bennion’s Instagram posts. But nothing changed, he claimed.
In the end, Bennion said his trust in the Chip and Joanna Gaines brand was misplaced and damaged.
“I want Magnolia to be held accountable,” he said. “It’s amazing to me that they put Magnolia’s name and reputation on the line or allowed these people to represent them without any supervision or mentorship.”
Bennion wasn’t the only complaint. After posting her details, another owner, Teisha Satterfield Hawley, made similar complaints about the Merediths.
Hawley wrote on Instagram that he gave the Merediths $ 45,000 to renovate their living space. The project was scheduled for four weeks, but ten weeks later, little work had been done. The Merediths then told the Hawleys they needed another $ 40,000 for the project to work, according to a follow-up post shared on Hawley’s Instagram account.
“Hopeless is the word that comes to mind when I think of that day,” Hawley wrote in the post caption. “We had been living in our basement for months at this time, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays. We were exhausted, we had just been told that all of our funds had been used up and our house was trashed with bubbling floors in place. “
The Hawleys said they told the Merediths not to come back after the request for money.