HGTV shows are all about home improvement, but from time to time the network has to do some image repair when its stars and series have caused scandals. Here are the top HGTV scandals:
1. ‘Property Brothers’ bar brawl
One of the “Property Brothers” stars, Jonathan Scott, made headlines after an attention-grabbing bar fight in North Dakota in June. Reports at the time stated the fight broke out when the bar closed and Scott and others became upset when their drinks were taken away. TMZ reported the bar’s bouncer had Scott in a headlock and the TV star called 911 to report that he’d been assaulted. Following the incident, Fargo City attorney Erik Johnson announced no charges would be filed due to a lack of evidence.
2. ‘Fixer Upper’ fake?
Earlier this month, a show participant from “Fixer Upper” told FOX411 the house hunting scenes on the show are scripted. Each episode features participants touring three homes and eventually picking one to be their fixer upper. David Ridley told us he purchased his home before he was selected to be on the show, and he claimed that was a prerequisite for his selection for the series. A close look at the show’s application seemed to corroborate his claim. HGTV wouldn’t comment on the accusations directly. Click here for more on the story.
3. ‘Rehab Addict's’ secret pregnancy and custody fight
Nicole Curtis, the star of “Rehab Addict,” was pregnant with her second child while filming the show, but she opted to hide her burgeoning baby belly from the cameras. Curtis has stated she covered her stomach with objects and didn’t want the public to find out she was expecting. She recently revealed her most personal secrets in her memoir, “Better Than New,” going into detail about her current custody battle with her youngest son’s father. Over the summer, Curtis was reportedly banned from taking her child to work sites where toxins are present and was warned she could face jail time for skipping out on expenses, attorney fees and missed visits between her son and her ex.
4. ‘Love It or List It’ home destroyed?
A North Carolina couple filed a lawsuit in April against the production company behind “Love it or List It,” claiming their home was left “irreparably damaged” after the show. The couple stated producers hired a contractor that the couple didn’t agree to work with. They also claimed in the suit that the show was somewhat staged, arguing people featured on the series are told what to say and how to act.
5. ‘Flip it Forward’… or not
Scandal destroyed “Flip it Forward” before it could ever make it to the small screen. The show was destined for HGTV in October 2014, but one of the star’s comments about same-sex marriage, abortion and Islam caused complaints, and the show was shut down before it ever got off the ground.
6. House Hunters staged?
Rumors have plagued “House Hunters” for years with claims the show is scripted. Back in 2010, the blog Hooked on Houses published a firsthand account from a woman featured on “House Hunters” in which the woman detailed the way producers allegedly script the series. HGTV has avoided formally commenting on the allegations, but over the summer, the network released a tongue-in-cheek video that showed writers scripting an episode of the series.
7. 'Flip or Flop' fan scam
Fans of the show "Flip or Flop" who sign up for pricey classes that boast stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa can teach them how to flip homes have expressed serious disappointment. Some have gone as far as to call the classes a full-blown scam. More than a dozen people interviewed by the Associated Press complained that the famed hosts weren't present for the classes, which lacked any real instruction and were focused on pushing more courses. HGTV has said it's not associated with the classes and declined to provide information about if the network has received complaints about the courses.
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