HGTV’s 16 Biggest Scandals
Home & Garden Television, commonly referred to as HGTV, is one of the biggest channels on television and is watched by millions of Americans every day. 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 16 biggest HGTV scandals:
16. 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 flagpole.” 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.”
15. Carter Oosterhouse Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Carter Oosterhouse first rose to fame on TLC, but has since moved onto HGTV to star on his own show, Carter Can. As women in the entertainment industry started speaking out about sexual misconduct in the workplace, Carter’s name was thrown into the pool by a former colleague. In December 2017, Kailey Kaminsky, a former makeup artist on his HGTV show, told The Hollywood Reporter that he’d coerced her to perform oral sex on him numerous times during production in 2008. According to her, these actions led her to lose her job and be hospitalized for depression. While Oosterhouse denies he had a “coercive” relationship with Kaminsky, he did admit that he was intimate with her. He said it was “100% mutual” and that she even initiated their relations. He also insisted he’s never been intimate with any other crew-member in his life. Oosterhouse has been married to Amy Smart since 2011 and now has a daughter with the actress.