Whatever happened to these HGTV hosts?
Home and Garden Television (HGTV) arrived on the scene in 1994, and immediately created a loyal following of people who couldn’t get enough of shows about decorating, flipping, gardening and designing. The network looks very different now, but if you’re wondering what became of the some of those HGTV hosts of yore, here’s an update on where they are now.
A Gardener’s Diary ran for an impressive 13 years on HGTV, featuring host Erica Glasener interviewing fellow gardeners and giving advice to aspiring gardeners along the way. In her post hosting life, she wrote a book called Proven Plants Southern Gardens, received the Garden Media Award from the Perennial Plant Association, and currently works as the marketing manager for Gibbs Gardens in Atlanta.
Matt Fox and Shari Hiller
Matt Fox and Shari Hiller created and starred in room by room, the very first show ever to air on HGTV, which ran on the network from 1994 until 2006, and holds the record for the longest running decorating show in television history (over 350 episodes). In 2010, Fox and Hiller went on to host Around the House with Matt and Shari, which aired on PBS. They also created their own company, FoxHill Studios, to promote their shows, appearances, and their website, mattandshari.com.
Yes, that Chris Harrison. While you definitely know that he is the host of long running The Bachelor franchise, you might not know that he hosted HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge starting in 1999 (here’s video proof), before moving on to Survivor, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (which he joined in 2015 and still hosts) and of course, The Bachelor. He’s also spent a lot of time hosting awards show red carpets — including the Prime Time Emmys, the American Music Awards, and even The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Harrison has also appeared on TV in Alias, The Practice, Six Feet Under and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and even published a romance novel in May 2015.
The Benham Brothers
David and Jason Benham’s show, Flip It Forward, never actually aired on HGTV. It was cancelled in 2014, after Right Wing Watch, a project which monitors right wing activists and organizations, published a piece exposing David Benham taking part in a 2012 prayer rally outside the Democratic National Convention, and later, denouncing gays on a talk show. The brothers claimed they had been vetted by the network, who allegedly knew about David’s activities, and then issued a statement claiming that they had never discriminated against anyone, regardless of sexuality. They went on to publish a book, Whatever the Cost, in 2015, about their work, attracting the attention of HGTV, the controversy, and the Biblical principles getting them through.