INSIDE EDITION Speaks With Woman Who Appeared House Hunters Who Says Show Is Scripted
Is House Hunters faked?
According to a woman who appeared on the popular show, it definitely is.
House Hunters is one of the biggest hits on cable's HGTV.
In each episode, a couple goes through the home buying process, looking at three houses that are on the market. Each show climaxes with the big announcement of which house they've decided to buy.
But a mother-of-two, who appeared on the show in 2006, said her episode, which was filmed in San Antonio, Texas, was fake from start-to-finish.
Bobi Jensen said she and her husband, Casey, had already bought one of the houses featured on the show before filming even started.
She said the other two homes seen in the episode, were actually owned by friends and weren't even up for sale.
"We had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering," Jensen wrote on the website, "Hooked on Houses."
Jensen said the producers even concocted a whole phony storyline for her and her husband. The storyline was that their old home was too small for their growing family.
"It wasn't true but ... I went with it," she said, adding, "When I re-watch the episode, I cringe."
INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney spoke via Skype to Jensen. McInerney asked, "When you re-watch the show you cringe. Tell us about how you were feeling."
Jensen responded, "It just seemed kind of silly to watch that later. Even though that was the spin they wanted, they thought it was interesting. The producers, they pick the storyline they want you to present, and you don't get a lot of say in that matter."
Jensen's revelations are causing uproar among House Hunters fans.
One viewer wrote, "Very dishonest. Shame on you, House Hunters."
Another wrote, "This ruins the show for me. Very deceptive."
HGTV isn't exactly denying her claims, saying in a statement, "The pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a period of time. More time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television. We seek out families who are pretty far along in the process."