On Dec. 1, 2019, HGTV turns 25 years old! In honor of its big anniversary, Wonderwall.com is checking up on former hosts from the popular television network to find out what they're up to today… starting with Chris Harrison. Back in 2000, Chris was the host of "Designer's Challenge," a series where three designers would demonstrate their style skills in hopes they'd be picked to transform a homeowner's abode. Keep reading to find out what Chris and other former HGTV hosts are up to today…
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Shortly after Chris Harrison left HGTV, he landed the gig of a lifetime as the host of "The Bachelor." Since 2002, Chris has hosted the popular ABC reality romance series, as well as several spinoffs including "The Bachelorette," "Bachelor Pad," "Bachelor Live," "The Bachelor Winter Games," "Bachelor in Paradise" and "After Paradise." He's also lent his hosting mojo to shows like "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," "Live with Kelly," "The Chew" and "The View" as well as the Miss America pageant. Chris has become so well known as a host, in fact, that he's even appeared as himself on TV shows like "Hot in Cleveland" and the film "Date Movie." When he's not hosting everything everywhere, Chris also moonlights as an author: He has one book under his belt, the 2015 romance novel "The Perfect Letter." In 2012, Chris and his wife of 18 years, Gwen, announced they were divorcing. Since 2018, Chris has been in a romantic relationship with broadcast journalist Lauren Zima.
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From 2005 to 2007, Kahi Lee was both the host and lead designer on the HGTV series "FreeStyle," a show that saw homeowners revamp their living spaces for free. In 2007, Kahi hosted another HGTV series, "Design on a Dime," on which budget-conscious homeowners transformed their interiors on the cheap with the help of a savvy design team.
After leaving "Design on a Dime," Kahi Lee's next stop was as a style expert on "Rachel Ray," a gig she took while also planning her 2010 wedding to music video director Jeff T. Thomas. Following her nuptials, Kahi all but disappeared from U.S. TV screens but did pop up in 2011 on the Asian reality series "The Apartment" as the inaugural host. That same year, Kahi released the book "Rough Luxe Design: The New Love of Old." Two years later, Kahi and Jeff welcomed their first child. In 2018, along with giving birth to her second child, Kahi returned to the small screen as a designer on the TLC series "Trading Spaces." Since 2005, Kahi's also worked as an interior designer in Los Angeles where some of her clients have included Alison Brie and Laird Hamilton.
For the first 10 seasons of "Design on a Dime," Kristan Cunningham served as the show's host. At the same time, Kristan also appeared on several episodes of "HGTV $250,000 Challenge" and served as an expert guest on other shows like "Today" and "Rachael Ray" before leaving HGTV in 2011.
From 2011 to 2013, Kristan Cunningham made appearances on shows like TLC's "Home Made Simple" and the CBS shows "The Talk" and "The Doctors" as as style expert before dropping off our TV radar in order to do something closer to home. In 2013, she and husband Scott Jarrell (seen here) opened their own high-end design showroom, Hammer and Spear, in Los Angeles's Arts District, where they continue to work today.
Beginning in 2003, Canadian home builder Mike Holmes became the most famous man in overalls thanks to his HGTV gig as the host and producer of the series "Holmes on Homes." The show originally aired on HGTV Canada but was so popular, it soon found its way into homes across the U.S. until it came to an end in 2009.
Mike Holmes' TV journey didn't end after "Holmes on Homes" went off the air in 2009. The Canadian home-improvement star continued with HGTV as the host of "Holmes Inspection" that same year. In 2010, Mike added the series "All American Handyman" to the lineup. By 2012, both shows came to an end, but Mike continued his TV reign, this time on the HGTV competition series "Canada's Handyman Challenge" which, sadly, only lasted one season. More short-lived hosting gigs followed, including on "Holmes Makes it Right" and "Home Free." In 2016, Mike hosted one season of the DIY Network series "Holmes Buy it Right" and also landed a new show with his son, Mike Holmes Jr.: "Holmes and Holmes" on HGTV Canada. When the show ended in 2018, Mike returned to DIY for the family home renovation series "Holmes: The Next Generation." Up next for Mike is a new series, "Holmes Family Rescue," which is set to air in 2020 on CTV. In his off time, Mike enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with his family, including his new granddaughter, Cali Kay Holmes Steed.
For more than a decade, actress, writer and TV personality Suzanne Whang was the host of the long-running HGTV series "House Hunters." She also spent three years as the host of the series spinoff "House Hunters International" before she exited the network in 2012.
Suzanne Whang wasn't just an HGTV host. Throughout her years on "House Hunters" and "House Hunters International," Suzanne also landed numerous acting roles including in the films "Constantine" and "Material Girls" as well as on the TV shows "Las Vegas" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." When she left "House Hunters" in 2011, Suzanne showed up in a surprising place — as the character Carol Chang on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital." Since then, Suzanne's appeared on numerous TV shows like "Arrested Development," "Dexter," "Anger Management," "About a Boy," "Kingdom" and "The Mick." In 2019, Suzanne appeared on the TV series "For the People" and in the TV movie "Defrost: The Virtual Series." But in September the same year, she died after a long battle with breast cancer that began in 2006. She's survived by husband Jay Nickerson.
Egypt Sherrod joined the HGTV family in 2007 as the host of "Property Virgins" — a series that chronicled the journey of first-time home buyers. In 2012, Egypt left the series and, for a time, HGTV.
The same year Egypt Sherrod took a break from HGTV, she made her big-screen debut in the 2012 movie "Life, Love, Soul." In 2015, however, she was back, both as a newly published author (of the book "Keep Calm… It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home") and as the host of the HGTV series "Flipping Virgins" — which she also produced. A year later, Egypt also became a judge on the network's competition series "Brother vs. Brother." Both shows ended in 2018, but Egypt wasn't down for the count. Along with appearing as a style expert on "Celebrity Page" in 2019, Egypt also guest co-hosted an episode of "Sister Circle" on TVOne and appeared in three episodes of the documentary series "Black Love." In 2020, fans will see Egypt on TV once more when she appears on the second annual "Urban One Honors." Egypt's been married to DJ Mike Jackson since 2010. They share one child.
David Bromstad's long history with HGTV began in 2006 when he won the first season of "Making of a Design Star" — the network's competition star-search series. Following his victory, David signed on to host the home makeover series "Color Splash" in 2007 and in 2009 hosted "Bang for Your Buck." All the while, he also served as a judge on the very show that made him an HGTV star.
David Bromstad has maintained a long relationship with HGTV. After "Color Splash" ended in 2013, David spent two years away from the network before he returned to host "Beach Flip," "HGTV Insider" and "My Lottery Dream Home" as well as "DIY Insider" on HGTV's sister network, DIY. He also became a judge on the HGTV competition series "Brother vs. Brother." As of 2019, David — who's attracted attention for his collection of colorful tattoos — is still a regular face on HGTV thanks to the newest season of "My Lottery Dream Home." David split from long-term partner Jeffrey Glasko in 2015.
Originally the star of TLC's "Trading Spaces" Genevieve Gorder made a move to HGTV in 2009 to be a judge on "HGTV Design Star" and host two shows on the popular network. Her first series was "Dear Genevieve," on which she would visit homeowners in need of a living or dining room makeover and help them turn their dreary spaces into entertaining hot spots. After the series ended in 2013, she returned the following year with "Genevieve's Renovation," a show she also produced. However, the series would only last for one season.
After Genevieve Gorder left HGTV in 2014, she made routine appearances as a style expert on "Rachel Ray" over the next four years. Although her television appearances were few and far between, Genevieve wasn't lacking for work. In addition to running her personal interior design business, Genevieve also began working with Oxfam as a Sister on the Planet to advocate for the empowerment of girls and women. After remaining largely out of the limelight since 2014,Genevieve made an exciting return to TV by rejoining "Trading Spaces" in 2018. The following year, she made guest appearances on "GMA3" and "Celebrity Page" and hosted the Bravo competition series "Best Room Wins." Genevieve lives in New York with her daughter, Bebelle Harcott.
Along with hosting "Decorating Cents" on HGTV in 2005, actor and TV personality Sasha Andreev was also the host of the home exterior makeover series "Curb Appeal" in 2008.
While hosting "Curb Appeal," Sasha Andreev continued to audition for and land minor movie roles. After appearing in films like "Discover Me" and "See Jane Run," Sasha left HGTV and began pursuing more acting gigs. Over the years, he's racked up credits in movies such as "Ghost From the Machine" and "Best Man Down." In 2016, Sasha also appeared in a stage production of "Ragtime" at Minneapolis's Ritz Theater. In 2019, Sasha appeared in the film "The Soviet Sleep Experiment" though he's also been pursuing his true passion: food. On Instagram, Sasha has a separate foodie account where he shares his experiences tasting new and delicious dishes around the world.
Candice Olson spent seven years on HGTV as the host of "Divine Design," a Canadian show about redesigning unusual home spaces that later became popular in the States. Toward the end of the series, Candice also served as a judge on "HGTV Design Star" from 2009 to 2011.
After Candice Olson left "Divine Design" and "HGTV Design Star," she returned to TV as the host of "Candice Tells All," which aired for three seasons before going off the air. Since then, we haven't seen Candice on TV, except for a 2013 appearance on "Makeover Manor." That may be because the Canadian interior designer was busy penning not one but four books between 2012 and 2013 including "Candice Olson Everyday Elegance." Today, Candice resides in Toronto where she runs her own interior design company, Candice Olson, Inc. She's also known to share the occasional selfie on social media from her travels abroad, including from a 2019 trip to Kenya (seen here).
After winning Season 5 of "HGTV Design Star," Emily Henderson landed her first gig on HGTV as the host of "Secrets from a Stylist" in 2010. The show ended after just one season, but Emily wasn't done with the network yet. In 2012, she returned as the co-host of "HGTV: On the Set," on which she took viewers behind the scenes to see their favorite TV show sets.
After leaving "HGTV: On the Set," we didn't see Emily Henderson on TV, aside from a 2018 appearance on "Good Morning America." Instead, the cheery designer focused her energy on running her own design firm, Style by Emily Henderson, in Los Angeles. Emily also maintains an active blog and serves as a contributing editor for HuffPost and Buzzfeed. In 2015, Emily published the self-help style book "Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves." Today, Emily, her husband and two kids live in L.A. where she continues to work in interior design.
Actor, musician and TV personality Evan Farmer joined the HGTV family in 2007 as the host of the freebie interior design series "FreeStyle" following a long history of hosting for networks like TLC, MTV and VH1.
After leaving HGTV in 2007, Evan Farmer — who'd previously appeared in the movie "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and as a voice actor on the animated series "Daria" — took a few years away from the limelight. By 2010, he was back in a role that would become his most recognized to date — as the host on CMT's "Hot 20 Countdown." Evan remained on the show for eight years while also co-hosting "CMT Radio" until 2013. Prior to that, Evan published a guide to getting into the entertainment industry, "Breaking In," in 2012. The same year Evan left "CMT Radio," he opened his newest business venture — The Building Barn — which is a company that provides families and businesses with week-long bonding activities that revolve around building and cooking as well as selling stylish merchandise. Evan and his wife, Andrea Smith, live in Nashville with their two sons.