10 Things You Didn’t Know About HGTV Star Mike Holmes
Mike Holmes is one of HGTV’s most widely recognized stars, and rightly so! He’s been appearing on various home renovation shows for the past 10 years! His first show Holmes on Homes was once the highest-rated show on Canadian HGTV. Since the show ended in 2008, he’s been starring on spin-offs like Holmes and Holmes, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes it Right. He’s also served as a judge on All American Handyman and Handyman Superstar Challenge and has done guest appearances on Ellen, Home to Win and Corner Gas. He’s a best-selling author, has his own magazine, DVDs, newspaper column and his own line of protective equipment! He’s a walking-talking franchise and he’s not slowing down anytime soon. Here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Mike Holmes:
10. How He Landed HGTV Gig
Mike’s big break came when he was offered the chance to star on his own show, Holmes on Homes. According to Holmes, it was a total accident! He was hired to come onto the set of a home advice show to build some models for the set and he ended up telling the director that they “had it all wrong.” “I met someone at the network, and I said, ‘Man, I’ve got a show idea for you,’ and I blabbed on for 30 minutes that I didn’t like the shows on the channel, that [he was] doing it all wrong…when he jumped up and said, ‘I want a pilot right away!’
9. Holmes on Homes Almost Didn’t Happen
Now that he’s been on television for a decade, it’s hard to picture HGTV without Mike Holmes! But the truth is, he turned down the opportunity to star on his own show. Luckily, the producer was determined to recruit him. He kept asking him for months. “I kept saying, ‘No, I’m just a contractor, I’m doing three jobs at a time, I’m busy,'” but eventually he caved. “I said, ‘OK, I’m the boss, nobody tells me what to do, I own the show or I’m not doing it.’ And little did I know what the hell I was walking into: owning the show means that I’m the producer. So I walked into a different world overnight and I said I’d do it for two years, and the next thing you know, it’s 10 years later,” he said.