HGTV Reality Series 'House Hunters' Accused of Fakery
According to an interview with Bobbi Jensen, a former participant on the HGTV reality show 'House Hunters,' the popular show is faked.
On 'House Hunters,' viewers follow a buyer as they anxiously decide between three different houses. The series has aired since 1999.
The 'Hooked on Houses' blog busted 'House Hunters' for using houses already in escrow in 2010, but now they are providing more dirt.
Jenson told ''Hooked on Houses' that when she was on 'House Hunters,' her house was already purchased, but the producers wouldn't finalize her as a subject until after the closing.
Jensen added that the two rejected properties "were just our two friends' houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!"
"When I watch other episodes of the show now I can usually pick out the house they were getting based on hair-dos alone."
Ted Prosser, a former subject of the HGTV spin-off 'House Hunters International,' said that one house on the program was already bought before filming begins.
Prosser, who did his real estate search in the Virgin Islands, told the blog: "The show is not really a reality show. You have to already own the house that gets picked at the end of the show. But the other houses in [my] show are actually the other houses we considered buying."
When confronted with these allegations, a publicist for 'House Hunters' gave Entertainment Weekly a statement that did not deny the fakery claims: "We've learned that the pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a prolonged period of time, more time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television."
"We're making a television show, so we manage certain production and time constraints, while honoring the home buying process. Showcasing three homes makes it easier for our audience to 'play along' and guess which one the family will select. It's part of the joy of the 'House Hunters' viewing experience."
"Through the lens of television, we can offer a uniquely satisfying and fun viewing experience that fulfills a universal need to occasionally step into someone else's shoes."