The Magnolia Network is examining promises of shoddy do the job, delays and price tag overruns against Candis and Andy Meredith.
A Utah couple’s home-enhancement show has been yanked off Tv and streaming, just after allegations that they delivered shoddy and non-existent do the job to numerous house owners.
Andy and Candis Meredith sustain that they did their best on the tasks.
On Jan. 4, the newly renamed Magnolia Network (previously the Diy Community) launched on cable and satellite techniques. Two times afterwards, the network — a co-venture of Discovery and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines — issued a statement that it had taken out “Home Work” from its timetable “pending a evaluate of the claims that have been built.”
As of Monday, at the very least a few Utah property owners have gone general public with promises that they signed contracts with the Merediths to have their residences renovated, but experienced professional monthslong delays, ballooning expenditures, substandard perform and a deficiency of interaction.
“Magnolia Community is aware that specified home owners have expressed fears about renovation jobs carried out by Candis and Andy Meredith,” the channel’s president, Allison Paige, mentioned in a assertion. “Within the past couple of times, we have acquired supplemental facts about the scope of these challenges, and we have resolved to clear away ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network lineup.”
Just one home owner took to Instagram to say that she signed on to have her property renovated for “Home Do the job,” but that the spending budget grew from $25,000 to $40,000, employees destroyed her house, and that communication with the Merediths was “disastrous.” Aubry Bennion explained that she is annoyed that “after two several years,” the Merediths are “being celebrated and promoted although the men and women they harm together the way have gotten nowhere.”
One pair claimed they were advised the Merediths’ renovation of their property would take 3 to 4 months and price tag $45,000, and that 8 to 10 months into the undertaking they were informed they’d want to spend an supplemental $35,000-$45,000. A different couple mentioned they compensated the Merediths $50,000 in February 2020 and no function has been done — and that they’ve gained just $14,000 of their money back again. Candis Meredith verified that in an look on NBC’s “Today Display.”
One particular of the Merediths’ clientele also took to Instagram to praise them for their “beautiful get the job done.”
The Merediths’ home renovations caught the awareness of Joanna Gaines on Instagram. They’re a blended spouse and children — Candis and Andy every introduced three small children into their relationship, then had a seventh. A four-episode sequence that includes the Merediths, titled “Old Household Adore,” aired on Do-it-yourself in 2015. They are each Utah natives — she’s from American Fork he’s from Bluffdale.
They renovated a 20,000-square-foot schoolhouse crafted in 1907 into their new residence. That venture, along with many other people, ended up showcased in the 13 episodes of “Home Function.”
The Magnolia Community was at first established to start in late 2020, initially on Tv and then online. Since of manufacturing and building delays brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Magnolia programming 1st began streaming as part of Discovery+ and the news channel did not substitute Do-it-yourself right up until final week.
Episodes of “Home Get the job done,” which have been streaming since July, have been pulled from Discovery+ as perfectly. All references to the Merediths and their exhibit look to have been eradicated from Magnolia’s internet site.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have declined to remark on the controversy.
In her overall look on “Today,” Candis Meredith mentioned the pair was “truly overwhelmed” and “did our best” on home-renovation jobs for “Home Get the job done.” She blamed contractors for defective work, delays and expanded budgets.
In addition, the Merediths posted on Instagram that they “have usually tried using to give all the things we have to make anyone we function with happy. … We can only say that there are two sides to every single tale and though we selected not to go general public with our reality, due to the fact we know how hurtful this feels, we comprehend that only listening to 1 aspect can paint a adverse picture.”
They went on to “ask that these threats and piling on without having the entire story stop. … So numerous feel that we are frauds, have hurt people intentionally, and that we are not who we say we are. That is just not true.”