Paige Davis Fired as Trading Spaces Host
Paige Davis has been fired as the host of TLC’s Trading Spaces. A TLC rep tells the New York Post’s Page Six that “TLC is taking ‘Trading Spaces’ in a new creative direction, transitioning to a ‘host-less’ format this spring … Paige helped make ‘Trading Spaces’ a great success for the network, and we wish her the best of luck.” While the Post idiotically suggests that “her recent weight gain or her terrible ’50s hairdo” might be to blame, a rumor reality blurred discovered was posted online suggests that the previously discredited sex tape rumor was the real culprit. If it’s correct, there actually are three sex tapes — even though the original source of the tape information recanted “just before the TV home improvement show host’s attorneys took him to court,” The Chicago Sun-Times reported. Previously, Paige survived the TV Guide cover scandal and the fundraiser stripping scandal, but this was apparently too much, according to the information, which apparently comes from a Banyan Productions insider’s friend.
The things one learns via one’s referrer logs. Lots of links at the original.
Update: Bill Kelly has more
TLC is taking Trading Spaces in a new creative direction, transitioning to a “host-less” format this spring. As a result, Paige Davis will be leaving the cast of Trading Spaces. We believe that this new creative direction will enable the show to be more spontaneous, focus more on the homeowners and designers, and create alternative home trades in different cities and on opposite coasts.
Paige helped make Trading Spaces a great success for the network and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Paige’s last new episode will premiere in March, with repeat episodes of Trading Spaces airing throughout the year.
Davis, “Spaces” part ways (Inside Track)
Perky Paige Davis is packing her toolbelt and leaving TLC’s popular renovation show, “Trading Spaces.” The network announced the change in a statement yesterday, attributing their new Paige-less look to a dynamic change in format which allows the show to “focus more on the homeowners.”
Davis, who began hosting the popular renovation show in 2001, posted a touching au revoir on the show’s Web site. “I just wanted to take a minute to say goodbye,” the 35-year-old TV personality wrote. “I cannot begin to explain what an incredible journey this show has been for me. I love `Trading Spaces’ so much, and I am very proud of what the cast and crew has brought to you.”
Despite the hunky-dory arrangement, rumors have been swirling that Davis’ departure was prompted by recent bursts of risque behavior. Last June, the New York Post reported that the married host engaged in an impromptu strip tease at a Broadway fund-raiser and there were also dogged hints of a sex tape circulating on the Internet starring the cheerful can-do chick. And somehow we don’t think The Learning Channel would learn from Paris Hilton’s pioneering example and treat a sex video as a resume booster. . . .