There are certain reality TV series that you expect to get some post-filming drama, whether it’s beefs between the stars or legitimate criminal activity. The Bachelor (did they or did tey not tie the knot?), Real Housewives, even Toddlers In Tiaras. But for some reason we don’t expect it of the seemingly-wholesome home improvement stars. What controversy could a happy couple, a business partner, or a clever carpenter really stir up?
It turns out, quite a lot. HGTV has had a remarkable amount of scandals among their reality stars, so much so that many of their names have been wider-publicized for scandal than for their TV shows. Whether it’s domestic disputes or business deals gone bad, these stars just can’t seem to escape the negative spotlight. From Carter Oosterhouse to Tarek and Christina and even Chip and Joanna Gaines, these are the biggest scandals to rock HGTV stars.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.