Utah-based ‘Home Work’ show returns to Magnolia Network amid outcry from homeowners

Candis Meredith, left; Aubry Bennion, center; and Andy Meredith are pictured on Bennion’s porch in her Bountiful home in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Aubry Bennion)

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah-based home remodeling show “Home Work” is to be brought back to the Magnolia Network after local homeowners sharing their experiences with the show led to it being initially pulled by the network.

According to a report by Variety, the network conducted an investigation into the complaints made publicly against Andy and Candis Meredith – the Utah couple behind the home renovation show – and found that there was no malicious intent on the part of those speaking out against the couple. earlier in the month. .

“Magnolia Network is dedicated to sharing hopeful and true stories,” Allison Page, president of Magnolia Network, said in a statement to Variety. “After talking to homeowners as well as Candis and Andy Meredith about renovation projects for ‘Homework’ and hearing a mix of both positive and negative experiences, we do not think there were sick or malicious intentions.”

In addition to announcing that the “Home Work” show would return to the network, Page said in the statement that Magnolia should do a better job of supporting the programs on the network and the people behind the series.

“Our commitment now is to provide appropriate solutions for those whose experience with ‘Homework’ did not live up to our network standards,” Page told Variety in a statement. “While ‘Home Work’ will return to the Magnolia Network, we recognize the responsibility we have to act on how we can better support not only our talent, but those who put their trust in them and this brand.”

Magnolia Network – the creation of “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines – pulled the show earlier this month after several homeowners in Utah shared their experiences with Merediths, which included allegations of sloppy work, projects that went over budget and renovations on the camera leading to additional large bills.

After the allegations surfaced, Merediths took to social media to defend himself. Candis Meredith told KSL-TV that she and her husband feel like they took on too many projects at once.

“We felt very overwhelmed and did our best to communicate, but I can understand how it, when it’s your home, feels frustrating when things take longer,” Candis Meredith told KSL’s Matt Gephardt. Some have accused the couple of directly stealing money from customers, a claim that Merediths vehemently denied.

More recently, Merediths posted a series of posts and videos on their Instagram page, further denying any wrongdoing. Merediths said they often put their own personal money down to fund projects and did not charge customers for the “hundreds of hours” they put into projects, according to an Instagram post. The Meredith family wrote that they often acted as intermediaries between clients and general contractors and had to bring the bad news to homeowners while “being held as the sole responsible party while completely out of our control.”

“We worked INCREDIBLY for these clients, and while there is always something you can learn and grow from, we stand behind the work and effort we put into them,” the couple wrote in an Instagram post.

The Merediths wrote that they “will not accept losing our livelihood” because of allegations against them that Merediths says are not true.

“We understand the frustrations, we really do,” Merediths wrote in a post. “But these should have been resolved privately, through any means of communication, within the last two years and not in this malicious and malicious attempt to remove our food.”

According to Magnolia Network’s website, “Homework” is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. 19.00 MST Saturday night. It was not immediately clear if episodes have been made available on the Discovery + streaming service since the series was available online before the Magnolia Network pulled the show.

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