Home & Garden Television, commonly referred to as HGTV, is one of the biggest channels on television and is watched by millions of Americans everyday. HGTV broadcasts a wide range of reality based shows, primarily related to real estate, home improvement, gardening and remodeling. It’s definitely not surprising that reality TV can be a breeding ground for controversy and scandal, especially since the stars are everyday people and the guests who appear on their shows are real life contestants from all walks of life, but we must admit, we’ve seen some pretty big scandals come from HGTV over the past few years! Here’s a list of the 10 biggest HGTV scandals:
10. American Flag Tablecloth
In 2013, HGTV aired a special segment called “Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas” and suggested the not-so-brilliant idea of using the beloved American flag as a table runner. What made matters worse was their explanation for using the flag which was “so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.” Most people know the American flag is a prized possession that should be treated with the utmost respect and people are very sensitive about that — just ask Kaley Cuoco! When viewers flooded their Facebook with comments bashing their segment, HGTV issued a formal apology: “HGTV Fans, regarding the recent article that appeared on our website…This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened. We sincerely apologize and have removed the post from our website. We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people.”
9. Fixer Upper Drama
Chip and Joanna Gaines are popular stars on HGTV, but this hasn’t protected them from scandal. People were upset when they learned contestants don’t get to keep the furniture put in their home when its “fixed up.” Apparently all the furniture comes from Joanna’s store, Magnolia Market, and is simply put in the home upon reveal to make it feel cozy, but it’s not part of the cost included in renovating their home. There’s also been the issue of homes appearing on Fixer Upper being rented out on Airbnb, which seems harmless except for the fact that Chip and Joanna aren’t down with the idea. They released this statement to share their feelings on the subject: “We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving ‘Fixer Upper‘ clients moving forward. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes. That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend.” In other words, they’re not too happy about it.
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