Chip and Joanna Gaines’ network, Magnolia, has pulled a show called “Home Work” from the network following homeowners’ accusations of unsafe renovation conditions and shoddy work.
Magnolia Network president Allison Page confirmed to FOX Business this weekend that “Home Work,” following Utah-based couple Andy and Candis Meredith, has been pulled from the network.
“Magnolia Network is aware that certain homeowners have expressed concerns about renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” Page said in a statement. “Within the last few days, we have learned additional information about the scope of these issues, and we have decided to remove ‘Home Work’ from the Magnolia Network line up pending a review of the claims that have been made.”
At least three couples have expressed regret over working with the Merediths, citing incomplete work or unsafe conditions and budget and timeline issues, according to the FOX Business report. For example, one couple claimed “somebody fell through the floor into our basement” twice during the renovations, and the floors were left uneven, the report outlined. Another claimed their price tag increased by $15,000.
The home improvement couple have denied all the “extremely painful” allegations against them.
“We’ve seen stories that has (sic) been circulating, and although we cannot speak for anyone but ourselves, we can say that we have always tried to give everything we have to make anyone we work with happy,” the couple posted to Instagram.
“We have always kept lines of communication open, there have always been ways for people to recover any damages, there have been purchase contracts in place, legal avenues etc, but taking this public seems to be the easiest way to harm us personally,” the Merediths continued. “Like so many, these last two years have been extremely difficult for us and we have always tried to do our best in any situation, including not making a single penny from any of these clients and paying out of pocket to try to make them happy or right wrongs.”
“We adamantly deny that we have ever stolen any money from these couples,” the post asserted, adding, “We worked with license general contractors. It is true that we are sometimes left with outstanding balances, but we always pay, even if it takes some time for us to make arrangements. To say anything otherwise is truly not ok. We have paid every amount of money we could to make things right and have continued making payments when necessary.”
The Gaines have made political news in the past, primarily for being open Christians. Notably, back in 2016, BuzzFeed and Cosmopolitan magazine broke the “shocking” story that the couple attend a Christian church that views homosexuality as a sin.
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) November 30, 2016
Here’s the BuzzFeed “scoop”:
Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight….When reached by phone, Antioch Community Church’s communications director pointed me toward the church’s website under “beliefs,” where it states, “Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.”
At the time, Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro mocked the attack: “So the headline here is actually: ‘OH MY GOD SOMEBODY GOES TO A CHURCH WHERE THE PASTOR ACTUALLY BELIEVES THAT HORRIBLE BIBLE THING.'”
“Now, here’s the wonderful thing about America: the Gaines family can go to a church where the pastor believes homosexual activity is a sin,” Shapiro explained. “They can even believe it. So long as they don’t mistreat anybody – and there is not one single solitary shred of evidence that they have – they’re free to do so. They can hold beliefs! Yes, even Bible believers are allowed to believe things! In fact, that was the reason the Pilgrims came to the United States!”
“[T]he idea here is that the Gaines career must be destroyed for their religious thoughtcrime,” he added. “They are not allowed to think things. They aren’t even allowed to go to a church where the pastor says things with which they might not even agree.”
More recently, the interracial couple was attacked for being “racists” because they donated $1,000 to Chip’s sister’s local school board campaign, which aims in part to stop highly controversial critical race theory from being taught in schools.
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