'House Hunters' participant says reality show is fake
A former participant in HGTV's reality series "House Hunters" has claimed that the series is fake and said that she cringed over what she was told to say.
Bri Jensen, who appeared with her family on an episode of the house-hunting series, said that producers changed the reason she and her husband wanted to move and before being selected to appear on the series, had to have already bought their new home.
Jensen made her comments to the Hooked on Houses blog and said that producers told them to claim that their old house was too small and that they desperately needed a bigger home, instead of the truth - which was that they wanted to turn their former home into a rental.
They also had to have selected their new home prior to being cast for the reality series and had to find other houses to pretend they were considering, prior to filming.
"The ones we looked at weren't even for sale," Jensen told Hooked on Houses. "They were just our two friends' houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!"
When confronted with the allegations, a publicist for HGTV did not deny them.
"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," the publicist told Entertainment Weekly. "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," the publicist continued. "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."
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