- Magnolia Network Home Renovation Show won a Daytime Emmy Award.
- Notable homeowners previously said the projects weren’t finished yet and had cost them thousands of dollars.
- The series was temporarily removed from the Magnolia Network in January. The hosts denied the allegations.
Magnolia Network’s “Home Work” won a Daytime Emmy Award on Saturday.
“Home Work,” a Magnolia Network original series written by Chip and Joanna Gaines, follows Utah-based couple Andy and Candice Meredith as they spotlight their renovation of a school into a home for their extended family, as well as their conversion to other school homes for people in their area.
On January 5, the day Magnolia debuted, some of the homeowners featured in the series said the Merediths went over budgets by tens of thousands of dollars and damaged their homes during the renovation process.
Meredith’s family denied the allegations, which were sent to Insider and on Instagram in January, before social media went silent for months.
Magnolia Network temporarily pulled Home Work on January 7 due to the controversy, and resumed broadcasting on January 31.
In a statement provided to Insider on January 13, Magnolia Network President Allison Page said, “After we spoke to homeowners as well as Candice and Andy Meredith about ‘homework’ renovation projects and heard a mix of positive and negative experiences, we did. No. I think there is an evil or malicious intent.”
Page said the network is now committed to “providing the right solutions to those whose ‘work from home’ experience doesn’t live up to our network’s standards.”
She added, “As ‘Home Work’ will return to the Magnolia Network, we recognize the responsibility we take to better support not only our talent, but also those who have placed their faith in them and the brand.”
Merediths returned to Instagram after a month-long hiatus on June 3 to announce that “Home Work” has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Tutorial and Tutorial, Outstanding Headline and Graphic Design.
On Saturday, the series won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Teaching and Teaching Program. The Emmys did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Meredith’s family took to Instagram again to celebrate the win with a photo of them holding their award and saying they were “in shock”.
“The road to the stage was foggy,” they captioned the post. “We got the lady backstage to show us the newspaper just to make sure, and we’re in cloud nine…maybe forever.”
Meredith added, “Thank you daytimeemmys for hosting us and thank you all for your love, support and kindness.” “This is a moment we will never forget for the rest of our lives. To our team who gave everything for this show – we love you ❤️ to our kids who sacrificed so much for this show – we love you ❤️ and to everyone who did it with us – we love you.”
Magnolia Network has not published anything about the Emmy Award winning series at the time of writing.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have announced that they will be launching their own network on Discovery+ in 2019, two years after their hit series Fixer Upper stopped airing on HGTV. The network originally became available to stream on Discovery+ in 2021, but when Magnolia Network launched on cable in January, it combined the network’s original shows with a series of already existing DIY network, which was renamed Magnolia Network.
Despite the “work from home” controversy, Magnolia’s cable debut was a huge success, according to a Magnolia press release shared with Insider.
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