House porn central and HGTV ratings juggernaut Love It or List It has found itself in hot water thanks to a nasty lawsuit against Big Coat TV (the Canadian production company that works with the network).
According to the lawsuit, North Carolina couple Deena Murphy and Timothy Sullivan were chosen to have their home renovated (or sold, whenever that happens) in Raleigh, N.C. Unfortunately, this episode didn’t end well for the Carolinians, who attest that their home was left in disrepair.
Murphy and Sullivan describe Big Coat’s business model as “skewed” in the lawsuit, which unfortunately is allowing fans an inside look into the finances of the show. The couple said they gave the production company $140,000 for renovations, but only about $85,786.50 went to the contractor — Aaron Fitz Construction, a North Carolina contractor hired to do the renovations by Big Coat.
They claim the production company used the remaining funds “for the production of its series.” Whoops.
“These characters are actors or television personalities playing a role for the camera and in this case none of them played more than a casual role in the actual renovation process,” the lawsuit reads.
“We are aware of the lawsuit,” Maria Armstrong, CEO and executive producer of Big Coat Productions/Big Coat TV, said in a statement. “Because this matter involves ongoing litigation, our attorneys have advised us and we feel that making a comment would be inappropriate at this time. However, we do intend to vigorously defend what we consider to be false allegations.”
Of course, they do.
Ratings… eh, reputations count on it.