Andy and Candis Meredith’s scandal-ridden show ‘Home Work’ will return to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network following allegations they had scammed clients out of thousands of dollars with shoddy renovations.
Several people who appeared on the home renovations program claimed the Utah-based couple ripped them off, forced them to live in unsafe environments, failed to communicate with them, and left many of the promised renovations unfinished — accusations the couple has continuously denied.
The backlash led to the show being temporarily pulled on January 7, just two days after its premiere. On January 14, the network released a statement saying ‘Home Work’ will be brought back after an investigation concluded there was no ‘ill or malicious intent’ on part of the Merediths.
‘Magnolia Network is dedicated to sharing hopeful and genuine stories. In doing that, we strive to meet people with compassion, and to cautiously approach difficult moments with honest understanding,’ Allison Page, the president of the network, said in a statement.
The Magnolia Network has announced that ‘Home Work’ will return to the channel following an investigation into the allegations against hosts Andy and Candis Meredith (pictured), saying it was concluded there was no ‘ill or malicious intent’ on their part
Several people who appeared on the home renovations program claimed the Utah-based couple ripped them off with shoddy or incomplete renovations. The backlash led to the show being temporarily pulled on January 7
“After speaking with homeowners as well as Candis and Andy Meredith regarding renovation projects for “Home Work,” and hearing a mix of both positive and negative experiences, we do not believe there was ill or malicious intent.’
‘Our commitment now is to provide appropriate resolutions for those whose experience with Home Work fell short of our network’s standards,’ Page added. ‘While Home Work will return to 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.’
The news comes just a few days after Candis, 38, broke down in tears as she furiously fired back at accusations that she and her husband Andy, 41, scammed homeowners out of tens of thousands of dollars and destroyed their properties while filming the series.
‘We do not believe in bullying online. We feel like this attack was particularly calculated for the day before the network launch, and we are hopeful that this can allow the narrative to continue on a more equal playing field without malicious intent,’ she said in an Instagram video.
She claimed that the homeowners’ statements about her and her husband were ‘false’ and that they were ‘purposely trying to take anything they could’ from the pair.
In a second video, Candis said she and her husband ‘were not OK’ and that her kids were getting bullied at school due to the backlash they have been facing over the show.
Days before, Candis, 38, sobbed as she responded to accusations that she and her husband Andy, 41, had scammed homeowners and destroyed their properties while filming the show
She and her husband (right) have continuously denied the allegations, and now, she has claimed that she was ‘bullied and attacked’ by the homeowners in a new set of videos
Candis said she believes this was a ‘calculated attack’ against her and her family and that the homeowners were ‘purposely trying to take anything they could’ from the pair
‘Whatever your opinion, I’m asking the bullying to my kids to stop. Whatever your side is, please tell your kids who go to my kids’ schools to stop,’ she begged, as tears streamed down her face. ‘We’re not OK and whatever you think of me is fine but please leave my children out of this, thank you.’
She also responded to claims that they were ‘liars, thieves, and con artists,’ calling them ‘so extremely hurtful and based on one narrative amplified by others who were not part of any of these situations.’
‘We fully admit that we took on too much at one time and that this was a hard road for these four clients’ renovation projects,’ she wrote in the caption of one of her videos.
‘We also acknowledge that after working in an extremely difficult industry for over 10 years, working with hundreds of people, there are inevitably going to be some who are dissatisfied.
‘We realize that we have put ourselves out there for the world to make judgments, and we have to accept that. What we will not accept is losing our livelihood and being put on public trial.’
‘We understand the frustrations, we really do,’ she added. ‘But these should have been resolved privately, through any means of communication, within the last two years and not in this malicious and salacious attempt to take away our means of living.
Candi said her kids were getting bullied at school due to the backlash they have been facing over the show, and she begged people to stop
‘We support many families with this show, we have balances with contractors we are actively working on, there is so much more to this than just us.
‘By taking away all means of income, it is only making it more difficult for us to pay for anything outstanding and people are losing their jobs because of this.’
She concluded: ‘We will protect our family and those whom we support with “Home Work.” We stand behind our work and our principles and are not here to take anything away from anyone the way it has been done to us.
‘However, we are asking that any and all who have contributed to this toxic cancel mindset take a moment to review both sides before passing judgment on us.’
The Merediths have a total of seven kids. They both had three boys from previous relationships before they married in 2013 and welcomed a daughter together.
They renovated homes for years and posted about it on their joint Instagram account, but they told People magazine in a 2021 interview that they were stunned when they received a DM from Fixer Upper host Joanna a few years prior, who pitched them the idea for the show.
The Merediths have a total of seven kids. They both had three boys from previous relationships before they married in 2013 and welcomed a daughter together
The couple purchased an abandoned 113-year-old schoolhouse in Utah and turned the 20,000-square-foot building into their dream home (pictured)
They transformed the building (pictured when it was still a school) into a luxury mansion and filmed the entire process for their show
Their new home is now complete with the most up-to-date appliances, a 13-foot island in the kitchen (pictured), a 7-foot chandelier in the dining area, and more
‘We said we would be honored, and it was a match made in heaven,’ Candis said at the time, unaware that the series would eventually lead to so much dismay.
Days before the show was pulled, homeowners detailed the anguish that the Merediths allegedly put them through in a series of Instagram posts while sharing pictures of the horrific damage that they claimed was done to their properties.
The clients accused the hosts of breaking promises, hiring unlicensed workers, going thousands of dollars over their budgets, taking months to complete short projects, building things incorrectly, and even putting them in danger.
As for their own living space, the Merediths purchased an abandoned 113-year-old schoolhouse in Utah and turned the 20,000-square-foot building into their dream home while filming the entire process as part of the show.
They transformed the former learning place into a luxury mansion — complete with the most up-to-date appliances, a 13-foot island in the kitchen, a 7-foot chandelier in the dining area, and more.
However, unhappy clients painted a different picture while detailing what it was like to have the Merediths in charge of their home renovations.
The day before the premiere of ‘Home Work,’ numerous homeowners who had taken part in the show came forward with allegations against the Merediths, resulting in it getting pulled
Teisha Satterfield Hawley explained in a series of Instagram posts that she was thrilled when she and her husband Jeff (pictured together during filming) were picked for the show, but their dream quickly turned into a nightmare
Teisha claimed that she and her husband agreed on a budget of $45,000 with Candis (pictured working on the Hawleys’ home in the first days of construction and filming) and Andy to fund the renovation of their kitchen, dining room, family room, and laundry room
Teisha said she and her husband were told that construction would only take three to four weeks to complete, but weeks went by without any work being done. When contractors finally showed up (pictured), they allegedly laid her floors three times
Teisha Satterfield Hawley revealed in her posts that she signed up to be on the show after coming across a casting call on Instagram.
She and her husband Jeff had purchased their home a few years prior and had always wanted to fix it up, so they thought it was going to be a great opportunity.
Teisha said that before the renovations began on their home in October 2019, she and her husband agreed on a budget of $45,000 with Candis and Andy, who told them this sum would cover the cost of renovating their kitchen, dining room, family room, and laundry room.
‘I expressed concern that I did not think everything could be done for this amount but was assured that they knew all the secrets and it was going to be amazing and everything I ever wanted,’ Teisha claimed. ‘We ended up wiring $35,000 to them and spent $10,000 on a couch and some appliances.’
Teisha and her family claimed they were told the renovations would only take three to four weeks to complete, but they took much longer than that.
In January 2020, three months after the project first started, Teisha said she was relieved to see things were finally coming together. However, to her horror, the floors allegedly had to be ripped up and redone three times due to mistakes.
In a series of Instagram posts, Teisha shared images of her home during the various stages of renovation (pictured) while claiming that her family was left to live in a construction site for weeks on end because of various ‘delays’ with the work
Teisha even claimed a crew member fell through their floor into the basement while sharing an image of her ceiling with a large patch on it (pictured)
Teisha posted images of her splintered and mismatched floorboards (pictured), saying they had to be ripped up multiple times because there were multiple mistakes made
When she and her husband met with the Merediths, they were told they were well over their budget. According to Teisha, that was the first she heard of any money problems, and it made her feel ‘hopeless’ and ‘sick’ to her stomach.
‘She told us we would have to give her another $35-$40k to produce the product she had promised and pitched us,’ Teisha claimed.
‘This was double our budget and the first we had heard about it. This number was with us making sacrifices and doing Ikea cabinets, butcher block counters, and lower quality fixtures.
‘Hopeless is the word that comes to mind when I think of that day. I had applied for this show and had put our family in this situation.
We had been living in our basement for months at this point including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays,’ she added. ‘We were exhausted, we had just been told all of our funds were used and our home was torn apart with bubbling floors laid.’
Teisha and Jeff were allegedly told they would have to wire the couple $10,000 immediately if they wanted the renovations to continue.
‘Sadly our excitement quickly turned into horror,’ she wrote alongside an image of loose floorboards scattered across a room. ‘Our floors were laid wrong three times!’
Teisha added that on one occasion after flooring had been put down, the boards began to ‘shift’ whenever they stepped on it, explaining that it felt as though there were ‘bubbles’ in the floor while they were walking across them (pictured)
She also shared images of exposed nails that were reportedly left poking out of the floors (pictured) during the renovation process
Tight on money, they said they wouldn’t be able to send it until one month later, and all construction was halted until then.
‘We were stuck in a demoed houses, were limited on funds, and were not sure what was next,’ she recalled. ‘To say it was awful and emotional would be an understatement. Two years later talking about it makes me sick and brings tears to my eyes.
‘The lack of communication, the lack of respect for our budget, and the lack of respect for realizing my family was living in a basement truly makes me sick.’
The couple eventually cut ties with the Merediths and brought in a friend’s construction team to finish the renovations.
‘So there it is… Our story of the remodel from Hell, and to tell you that things are not what they always appear to be on TV or social media,’ she concluded. ‘It is scary to speak out but also something we have to do. We’ve sent attorney letters that have only been met with threats of lawsuits.
‘We’ve reached out to the networks in charge of these shows, but accountability is passed off to someone else. In talking to attorneys, we have a case that would surely be in our favor, except it would cost everyone a lot more money and likely end up unpaid.
‘My hope is this somehow helps someone or at least brings an awareness to the large corporations that are hiring for these shows… We are real people, our money is something we have worked hard for and can not just throw around, WE have had to live through this Hell.
Teisha said Candis later told them they would have to give her another $35,000 to $40,000 to ‘produce the product she had promised’
The couple eventually cut ties with the Merediths and brought in a friend’s construction team to finish the renovations, saying they had ‘a full working upstairs within weeks.’ Her home is pictured mid-way through the second round of renovations
She showed off the results of the completed renovations (pictured) while praising her friend Josh and his crew, whom she says ‘went above and beyond’ in order to finish their home in a matter of weeks
‘Thankfully we are and will be OK but that is not the case for others affected by these same people for this show (not to mention anyone we are unaware of previous to or since our experience).’
However, Candis claimed on Instagram that she and Teisha had a ‘friendly relationship all the way to the very end.’
‘We had no sense whatsoever that they were as dissatisfied as they claim. We got within a week of completing the project when Jeff asked for a phone call,’ she wrote. ‘He stated that if the countertops were not in by Friday (the countertop installer had repeatedly canceled) we would be sued.
‘I couldn’t sign that agreement, because it was wholly out of my control, and he took the project over. We tried to reach out and offer any and all assistance, we were ignored. We had spent about $10,000 of our own money at this point. We offered solutions. We haven’t heard from them whatsoever in almost two years.’
Aubry Bennion, another accuser who was chosen to appear on the show, shared a similar horror story on Instagram, saying she had a budget of $25,000 when she asked to have her kitchen and laundry room renovated in 2019.
She was also told that the project would take only three weeks to complete, but soon as construction started, she said she saw some red flags.
Aubry Bennion (pictured) hared a similar horror story in a series of lengthy Instagram posts, detailing the anguish the Merediths allegedly put her through while attempting to redo her kitchen and laundry room
She claimed she told the couple she had a budget of $25,000 for the renovations and was promised it would be done in three weeks. However, it allegedly took a lot longer than that and cost thousands of dollars more. She was forced to store all of her kitchen stuff in the other rooms in her house for months on end (pictured)
Aubrey claimed that as soon as construction started, she saw some red flags. She said she was told to ‘roll with it and trust in the process’ while her house sat in disarray (pictured)
‘When things didn’t follow what would seem like home renovation protocol, I was told to roll with it and trust in the process,’ she claimed.
‘While some things were conveniently delayed, like the wire transfer information that didn’t come immediately, some of it was unsettling like the lack of contract and inconsistent schedule from the crews.
‘Immediately, the communication was disastrous. Distrust between Candis and the production team was clear. I heard different stories from every party in every call and text. Candis was overwhelmed by her workload and Andy was nowhere to be seen.
‘I begged for a scope, schedule, and budget — foundational details project managers provide to their client. I saw none, from start to finish,’ she continued.
‘Any anomaly to my experience in construction, as a daughter of a contractor and as a project manager in the construction industry for over 15 years, was chalked up to “that’s how it works for TV.”
‘Anytime a suggestion was made — on or off camera — about a feature, I would ask if it was in the budget. Candis assured me every time it would be OK.’
Things got worse when Candis allegedly decided that they were going to build a deck onto her home, which was not part of the original plan.
‘Candis’ design eliminated the back door and severed access to the backyard and basement to my home,’ Aubry explained. ‘She suggested I didn’t need a second egress, but I insisted it was required by code — and functionality, as the one living in the home.
She said the ‘lack of contract’ and’ inconsistent schedule from the crew was ‘unsettling,’ and that the communication was ‘disastrous.’ Aubry also claimed that the men the Merediths hired to work on her house were ‘unlicensed and uninsured’
Things got worse when Candis allegedly decided that they were going to build a deck onto her home, which was not part of the original plan. Her design for the kitchen eliminated the back door and severed access to the backyard, so her solution was to build the brand new porch from scratch, which she insisted was in the budget. Candis is pictured measuring the area of the deck
At one point, Aubry said she noticed a ‘drainage problem’ and brought it to Candis attention via text (pictured). But, according to Aubry, it was never taken care of, and it resulted in a near-flood in her basement
‘Her solution was to knock out a window, turn it into a door and build a deck. My first question was if building a deck was within budget. Candis told me she was sure she could fit it.’
Aubry claimed that the men the Merediths hired to work on her house were ‘unlicensed and uninsured.’
During the process, she said she noticed a ‘drainage problem’ and told Candis, who allegedly said she would ‘take care of it.’ But, according to Aubry, it was never taken care of, and it resulted in a near-flood in her basement. And that was just one of the many mistakes they reportedly made.
Aubry also claimed the crews would go MIA for weeks, adding that the Merediths jetted off to Paris and Mexico before finishing her home. By December, she said it was ‘clear the entire project was in trouble.’
‘Construction went completely quiet. No crews in sight. Ten days would go by between responses from Candis,’ she said, recalling how she reached out to anyone she knew who was connected to the project.
‘It’s hard to articulate how vulnerable that place was… to feel like I was being held captive in my own unearthed home while screaming and shouting for anyone to hear me but being ignored,’ she said.
She also claimed they built the deck (pictured) on top of sprinklers without rerouting them, never stained the the pine lumber, and constructed the stairs on top of mud without proper protection, causing them to rot
During the construction, Aubry said crews would go MIA for weeks, and the Merediths even jetted off to Paris and Mexico before finishing her home. Her kitchen is pictured during various stages of production while the Merediths allegedly enjoyed a vacation
Aubry said it soon became ‘clear the entire project was in trouble.’ Some of the original plans for the construction are pictured
In February 2020, she was ready to quit the show when she was allegedly told that she owed the Merediths $40,000 — $15,000 over her budget.
Aubry claimed that the whole ordeal gave her panic attacks that resulted in hives all over her body. The kitchen was eventually completed, and they filmed a reveal for the show, but the deck was allegedly left unfinished.
‘I’ll never show the finished product [of the kitchen] on the internet because it cleans up nice and, with the right filter, is worthy of every wow and word of praise for everyone who doesn’t have to live in it or had to live through what it took to get there,’ she wrote.
‘They planned to come back and finish staining the deck, stage some furniture and we’d finish out filming the reveal. Except I never saw Candis again.
‘As soon as the cameras cut, she turned to me and said, “I know this hasn’t been an easy journey. I don’t really care how things shake out from here, I just want you to love it.”
‘I’m not sure what she meant by any of that, but I took it as, “Please don’t talk bad about it/me.” I never saw receipts, I never saw spreadsheets, we never discussed finances again.’
Aubry claimed she was later sent bills that the Merediths never paid from Ikea and the flooring company they used.
In February 2020, she was ready to quit the show when she was allegedly told that she owed the Merediths $40,000, which was $15,000 over her budget
Aubry claimed that the whole ordeal gave her panic attacks that resulted in hives all over her body (pictured)
The kitchen was eventually completed, and they filmed a reveal for the show (pictured). But after that, Aubry said she never saw Candis again and her deck was left unfinished
Months later, she allegedly received a text from Candis, who said she ‘didn’t feel comfortable editing her episode unless everything was OK between them.’ Aubry responded: ‘We are fundamentally on different planes about acceptable practices and based on previous conversations, I’m not sure we ever will be.’ Seen are alleged screenshots of the messages
Months later, she allegedly received a text from Candis, who said she ‘didn’t feel comfortable editing her episode unless everything was OK between them.’
She said in her final message to the host, she told her she was ‘not okay’ and was ‘still reeling from the remodel process.’
‘You are welcome to use the footage for an episode if you need it, but I don’t feel, in good conscious, that I can share in the excitement,’ Aubry allegedly wrote to Candis.
‘I hope you’ve learned lessons, improved processes, and made future home remodels run smoother, but my home and our relationship is simply a casualty of the actions of the last six months — no matter how much either of us wish it went another way.’
On Instagram, Candis claimed that she and her husband spent $32,000 of their own money to finish Aubry’s kitchen and was blindsided by her comments.
‘We are very proud of the work that went into this project,’ she wrote. ‘We revealed this space on February 20, 2020, and fully acknowledge that before this point in time there were hard conversations and misunderstandings about this project and budget, but we were absolutely under the impression that we had resolved those issues together.
Aubry claimed she was later sent bills that the Merediths never paid from Ikea and the flooring company. Pictured is a photo of the bill she claims she was sent from Ikea
Aubry said she will never show pictures of the finished product of the kitchen on the internet because ‘it cleans up nice’ and she doesn’t want to give the Merediths any praise, but she did share some pictures of the chipped paint that the couple allegedly left without fixing
On her own Instagram account, Candis responded to Aubrys accusations, claiming she and her husband spent $32,000 of their own money to finish her kitchen (pictured)
She insisted there was ‘never any indication’ that Aubry was ‘dissatisfied whatsoever’ and that she was ‘absolutely shocked and blindsided’ by her final message. Pictured is the kitchen after Candis and Andy’s renovations were complete
‘If Aubry was unhappy at this point overall, we had no idea whatsoever.’
Meanwhile, Vienna Goates alleged in her Instagram post that she paid the couple $50,000, but no work has been done on her house to date.
The Merediths denied the allegations against them in an Instagram post, writing, ‘We’ve seen stories that [have] 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.
‘We will never take away their truth and how they are feeling. We can only say that there are two sides to every story and while we chose not to go public with our truth, because we know how hurtful this feels, we understand that only hearing one side can paint a negative picture.
‘We ask that these threats and piling on without the full story stop, they are the same handful of stories spinning and spinning, looking like there are “so many” hurt people in our wake.
‘So many believe that we are frauds, have hurt people intentionally, and that we are not who we say we are. That is simply not true.’
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network announces Home Work WILL RETURN