What happened to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? Recently, host Ty Pennington spoke with The Wrap about the cancelled ABC TV show.
The reality series followed a team of builders and designers as they overhaul the home of a family in need. The show ran for nine seasons before ending in 2012.
In the interview, Pennington said he doesn’t understand the backlash against Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, with some people saying the ABC series left families in debt:
On ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition,’ we did absolutely phenomenal things. And honestly I don’t know if there will ever be a show quite like that — that on network television, there’s a show that actually benefits a family. On television, that’s just unheard of. Let’s face it, it’s about ratings, it’s about ad sales — it’s about all those sorts of things.
Not only do we build a brand new house, we usually paid off the college tuition for their children — basically left them without any debt whatsoever. But yes, the property tax probably went up a little because the value of the house went up.”
Later, Pennington revealed some families on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition did lose their renovated homes:
There’s a couple of stories that families lost their home. We left them with a financial adviser. However, if the family chooses to triple-mortgage their house to start a business that they’ve never done before just to see if they can get into it, that’s their own demise. That’s how you lose your home, is you’re like, ‘Oh, let’s use it as a lottery ticket and see what we can get out of it. And then you lose it because you can’t make the payment.”
What do you think? Did you watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? Would you watch a reboot?