Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network Pulls’ Work From Home ‘Series – Deadline


The new Magnolia Network, the vehicle driven by Upper Fixator superstars Chip and Joanna Gaines, withdrew one of its series from the program just two days after its launch.

Homework was pulled after allegations of poor quality work and overcharging by its hosts surfaced from two owners. The show was previously available on the Magnolia Network tab on Discovery +, but was elevated to the cable channel when Magnolia launched this week.

The show stars Utah-based Andy and Candis Meredith renovating homes in their state. The series was said to have originally been Joanna Gaines’ idea and was billed as the next Upper Fixator by at least one media source. Andy and Candis Meredith have also appeared on the HGTV and DIY Network show. Love of the old house.

It all fell apart on Wednesday, when accounts surfaced detailing alleged overcharging and shoddy work from the Merediths in some earlier renovations. While all of the shows on Discovery’s list have demonstrated that home improvement projects can often lead to delays and overruns, the specific charges against the Merediths also allege poor communications when things have gone wrong in their relationships.

The Merediths fired back, denying the accusations on Instagram. “We have always tried to give everything we have to make everyone we work with happy,” they wrote, adding: “We can only say that there are two sides to every story…”

Allison Page, president of Magnolia Networks, also released a statement.

“Magnolia Network is aware that some homeowners have expressed concerns about the renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith. Over the past few days we have learned additional information about the extent of these issues and have decided to remove “Work from Home” from the Magnolia Network range pending a review of the complaints that have been made. “

The news that went off the rails Homework was posted on Instagram on Wednesday.

Aubry Bennion, a landlord from Utah, shared an Instagram story from 18 posts about her experience on Wednesday. Bennion contracted with the Merediths in 2019 to renovate his kitchen. They first told him that the project would take three weeks and cost $ 20,000. This amount was raised to $ 25,000 when the show was taped.

The project has far exceeded that projection, Bennion said. It took five months and cost him over $ 39,000. She claimed that much of that money was spent on solving the problems created by the renovation.

Bennion wrote in another Instagram post that the Merediths have added a patio to the back of his kitchen. It went wrong when they built it over a sprinkler system and created a drainage problem. Bennion’s house was said to have nearly been flooded because of the bridge issued, an incident which she says lowered her home’s value and cost $ 18,000 to repair.

This disaster was exacerbated by a lack of communication, Bennion said. She claimed she had spoken to the Merediths about the issues throughout and was often given excuses or promises that things would happen the next day that never happened.

Bennion said she reached out to growers on the Magnolia Network for help. They allegedly gave Candis a “harsh conversation” after her call, according to one of Bennion’s Instagram posts. But nothing has changed, she said.

Ultimately, Bennion said his faith in Chip and Joanna Gaines’ brand was misplaced and damaged.

“I want Magnolia to be responsible,” she said. “It’s mind-boggling to me that they put Magnolia’s name and reputation on the line or allow these people to represent them without any sort of oversight or mentorship.”

Bennion was not the only complaint. After posting her contact details, another owner, Teisha Satterfield Hawley, filed similar complaints about the Merediths.

Hawley wrote on Instagram that she gave the Merediths $ 45,000 to renovate their living space. The project was scheduled for four weeks, but ten weeks later little work had been done. The Merediths then told the Hawleys they needed an additional $ 40,000 to make the project work, according to a follow-up article shared on Hawley’s Instagram account.

“Despair is the word that comes to my mind when I think about that day,” Hawley captioned the article. “We had been living in our basement for months at this point, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays. We were exhausted, had just been told all of our funds were used up, and our house was torn apart with bubbling floors laid.

The Hawleys said they told the Merediths not to return after the request for money.


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