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Magnolia Network takes ‘Home Work’ after accusations of poor quality renovation from frustrated homeowners

(NEXSTAR) – “Home Work,” an original series produced for Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network, was pulled from the schedule after the hosts present on the show complained of unpleasant experiences. with the host and poor workmanship on behalf of the production contractor.

In recent days, a number of homeowners have come forward claiming they have misunderstood their renovation projects, some of which were over budget, unfinished or poorly executed.

Aubry Bennion, one of the hosts on the show, said she first spoke to “Home Work” hosts Candis and Andy Meredith after submitting an audition tape in 2019. In the end, she did. was chosen to appear on the show, with a kitchen renovation. to start a few months later.

From the outset, Bennion stated that “communication was a disaster” with the show’s team. She also alleges that Candis suggested making unnecessary and ultimately detrimental choices, like removing an outlet point required by the code and creating drainage problems by attempting to install a deck (for output troubleshooting). She also claims they hired uninsured and unlicensed workers.

Bennion also alleged that she kept asking for updates on the budget and was reassured by Candis that the cost would not exceed what the two discussed prior to filming. Almost 4 months into the project, Bennion claims Candis told her the $25,000 budget wasn’t enough and that she would need another $15,000.

Bennion said she’s finally sharing that side of her story because, “after two years, they’re celebrated and promoted while the people they hurt along the way get nowhere.”

“Our people, our bank accounts, our livelihoods, our families, our health, our sanity… all of us have been left on the floor of our motel rooms.” Bennion wrote on Instagram. “I am speaking out to protect potential future victims from their dangerous pattern of behaviour.”

At least two other customers have continued with unflattering accounts of their time filming “Home Work,” including Teisha Hawley, who said she and her husband were told that their homework was they will only take three to four weeks. Instead, the work dragged on for months, during which time a contractor fell from the floor into the basement of the house, where Teisha and her family live, during the renovation. After about eight or ten weeks, Hawley says they were told their $45,000 budget wasn’t enough and that an additional $35,000 to $40,000 was needed to get the job done.

“To say it was horrible and emotional would be an understatement,” Hawley wrote on Instagram. “[Two] talking about it years later makes me sick and in tears.”

The third woman, Vienna Goates, also said on Instagram that she and her husband transferred $50,000 to Merediths in February 2020, but demanded it back after work was delayed for months. They were eventually refunded $14,000 of their $50,000 deposit and hired a lawyer to collect the rest.

Merediths has since shared a lengthy response to the allegations on social media, claiming that there are multiple stories the hosts are sharing.

“We have seen stories [have] has been circulated, and although we cannot speak for anyone but ourselves, we can say that we have always tried to give everything we have to make anyone we do happy work together,” the couple wrote. “We will never take away their truth and feelings. We can only say that every story has two sides, and although we have chosen not to make our truth public, because we know how painful it is to feel, we understand that hearing only one side can paint a negative picture. ”

Full statement posted to their Instagram account can be found here.

Allison Page, president of Magnolia Network, has confirmed that “Home Work” will be removed from Magnolia’s schedule amid the investigation.

“Magnolia Network is aware that a number of homeowners have expressed concerns about the renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” Page wrote in an emailed statement provided to Nexstar. “Over the past few days, we have learned more about the scope of these issues, and we have decided to remove ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network listing pending review of the complaints that have been made. .”

It’s worth noting, however, that not everyone who appeared this week was critical of Candis and Andy’s work. On Instagram, another woman talked about the work they’ve done to build her a “little reading house”. They did “Great job” about the project, she said, although it took longer than expected.

The Magnolia Network, a trademark of the DIY Network, is a joint venture between Discovery, Inc., Chip, and Joanna Gaines.

https://kfor.com/news/magnolia-network-pulls-home-work-following-allegations-of-shoddy-renovations-from-frustrated-homeowners/ Magnolia Network takes ‘Home Work’ after accusations of poor quality renovation from frustrated homeowners

JACLYN DIAZ

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