BUT WHAT ABOUT HAY-LOVING HILDI?!
Today’s home improvement shows are visual Ambien, and all about how perfect couples spend gobs of dough to flip shitty houses in the Valley, turning them into massive temples of beige. But back in the early 2000s, one design gem by the name of Paige Davis was all about screwing over your next door neighbor, with using not much more than your 7-year-old’s allowance as a decorating budget.
Trading Spaces returns to TLC in 2018 and People reports Paige will reprise her role as host. Paige didn’t exactly seem like a sure-thing when she Tweeted out a “Will Werk 4 Food and Ottomans” message back in March:
— Paige Davis (@RealPaigeDavis) March 28, 2017
During the show’s run from 2000-2008, Paige served as a therapist/human shield. When she wasn’t providing Kleenex to a wife dreadfully upset over why her living room was coated in their neighbor’s finger paintings, she was having to step in to prevent backyard brawls. Because, well, did anyone really expect magic from $1,000 and two sleep-deprived days of decorating? Liberace’s mansion wasn’t built in a day!
TLC gave Paige the boot back in 2005 to pursue a host-less format. But most people thought it really was because she SCANDALOUSLY posed for TV Guide wearing nothing but wallpaper. Then after that, she took part in a pseudo-striptease during Broadway Bares. But even still, Trading Spaces was missing something without Paige serving heaping doses of dramatic irony to viewers at home before the big reveal. She came back for a brief stint in 2008 before it went off the air.
Considering the network has no problem keeping people with actual sex scandals on the payroll, Paige seemed like a no-brainer! Meanwhile, every Jo-Ann Fabric in flyover country can rejoice. They’re about to make bank from a slew of interior designers high on Starbucks triple-shots and flying high over the potential of screwing over a playroom with nothing but a glue gun and faux moss!