HGTV’s 16 Biggest Scandals
14. 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 it’s “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.
13. Ellen Design Challenge
You’d never think to see Ellen DeGeneres name on this list, but her HGTV show Ellen’s Design Challenge stirred up quite the controversy in 2015 when winner Tim McLellan was accused of stealing his design from another designer. In less than a week his name was dragged through the mud and his $100,000 prize was given to runner-up Katie Stout. When he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show he denied plagiarizing anyone’s work. While he wasn’t given his win back, Ellen seemed to take pity on him when she said, “Most furniture is a derivative of something. Maybe something starts it, but chairs, tables, everything — it’s similar.”