At the end of last year, it was revealed that landscaping expert – and fan favourite – Jason Hodges had been sacked after 16 years on Better Homes and Gardens.
Much like his fans, Jason was taken by complete surprise, publicly stating that he was “absolutely gutted” to be dropped from the Seven Network.
Hodges has since spoken to Yahoo Lifestyle about the surprise axing, admitting that he “didn’t see it coming”.
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So tonight on @bhgaus it’s my last episode after 20 years at @channel7 WOW!!!!!I have nothing but great memories of every minute. I’m not a real great writer , I much prefer having a chat but I’d like to publicly ask you to watch the last ep tonight on 7 at 7 before the carols. From the first day I have been pinching myself. Average student, average footballer, average landscaper, average bloke. Turns out that’s not all that bad. Thank you to everyone who’s helped me over the years. The network,The producers, researchers, runners, labourers, all the tradies and sponsors. @johgriggs7 you are nearly the perfect person ( except for going for Manly) you would be. Your the best roll model, friend and mentor anyone could have. To @tara_dennis_ @karen_martini @grahamros_batterhomes @adamdovile @petercolquhoun @robpalmerdiy and even @fastedmedia you have changed my life for the better and that will continue. To @charlie_albone @melissakinginthegarden and @james_tobin good luck guys I hope you make it your own and enjoy the public’s love affair with @bhgaus Now to the viewers, I am absolutely humbled and honoured that we have connected over the years thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m not gone forever, I love telling stories and sharing my love affair with building beautiful gardens that improve our families lifestyle. To my little family thank you for your support always and forever. #lisadarling,#heidiho and #jakecomeon @koolkeefe @indigoinspirations #montyhodges If you’ve read this far your doing well, #danniihodges isn’t so happy with the career change! She told me in confidence that if another bloody dog turns up named Billy or Silly she’ll file for unfair dismissal. Merry Christmas, happy new year. See you all soon… 😀
Jason is still coming to terms with the decision, but has his own theories around why he was dropped, and attributes this to the show’s desire to refresh the program’s existing audience.
“[The Channel Seven executives are] trying to attract a younger audience that doesn’t exist [because] your average 25-year-old doesn’t watch Better Homes and Gardens,” he told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Shortly after Jason’s sacking, it was revealed that Charlie Albone of Selling Houses Australia would be replacing him.
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Well the show will go on. No rest for the wicked these little beauties are going to make up a big part of the welcome garden at the @melbflowershow in late March designed by me. It’s going to the best show ever celebrating 25 years, only the best of the best will be there and me. These #buxusballsofberry will be in the @lawnsolutions show garden. I don’t know another designer who also grows there own stock. And if your wondering is that me in the photo, no it’s @deanocart from @semkenlandscaping a good looking, taller,smarter version of me. #buxusballs #buxusjaponica #smallfarmbigdreams #mifgas #newstart #livingthedream #fiftyshadesofgreen #🌳
But, this is definitely not the end for Jason, revealing to the publication that he plans to get a TV series off the ground.
“People like the authenticity of how I present and they want to know what I’m doing”.
(Source: Yahoo Lifestyle)