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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.

For some backstory, see Paige Davis Stripping and Paige Davis Sex Tape

Update: Bill Kelly has more

Update: TLC Statement on Trading Spacing Host Paige Davis

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. . . .

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  1. Wizbang says:

    The 10 Spot – Girls Gone Wild Edition
    Ten stories of girls gone wild (or mild) that you may have missed…Paige Davis, of TLC’s Trading Spaces, was fired. Maybe that sex tape that was, then wasn’t, now is again? James Joyner reports… Rumor – Former teen popstar Debbie…

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  2. Who knew home improvement was so much fun?
    Personally, I’m still holding out hope that the Paige Davis sex tape rumor turns out to be true – that’s one I’d actually shell out some hard-earned cash for. But don’t tell anybody.

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  3. seePea says:

    How could a TV-Guide cover get someone fired?

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  4. Daddy says:

    What A Sweet Ass!

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  5. Delia Ordonez-Tate says:

    I hate that Paige has been fired from “Trading Spaces.” She’s been a big reason why I watched that show instead of any of the million other home-improvement shows that are on.

    What’s so bad about wearing a thong and showing it? Have the TLC management staff never been to a beach or public pool lately? No doubt they’d fire me also!

    Sex tapes? So what? Weren’t they made for her own personal use? Lots of people do it. It’s much a do about nothing.

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  6. Paige Davis fired but it’s not what you think

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  7. Reality Based Community
    No, I’m not talking about politics, I’m talking about something important – reality TV shows. Page Davis was fired from Trading Spaces. Since the New York Post brought up (again) the rumor that Page Davis made a sex tape years…

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  8. Jim Ingram says:

    TLC’s firing of Paige Davis, BEFORE all the facts are available regarding the “Sex Tape”, is absurd!!!
    It now seems that the tape may not be Davis after all.
    The claim by TLC that they wanted to take the channel in a “different direction” is also drivel, ESPECIALLY since she ia the main reason for the success of Trading Spaces.
    Davis is not my favorite person, but her treated by the management at TLC has been shabby at best.
    I hope that they realize what they have done.
    Thanks,
    Jim Ingram

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  9. Mike Bongiovi says:

    How dumb is TLC? How they can not see that a large part of the male audience is drawn to Trading Spaces for only one reason – Paige Davis – is beyond me. As a man, I can only say that the assorted allegations that have come out recently about Ms. Davis, as well as her TV Guide cover, only serve to make it more likely that I will continue to watch Trading Spaces. TLC can use whatever bogus reason they want for removing her as host, but the fact is that ratings will plummet once guys realize there’s no more Paige on that show.

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  10. Lou says:

    Um, Paige Davis is not “THE SHOW” nor was it Paige Davis that made Trading Spaces the hit that it was. If anyone should get that credit, it would be Ty, Doug, and Hilde. And as for the “sex tapes and lots of people do it”, who are “lots of people”? And are they a main host on a cable channel that is for family programming? I doubt the sex tape scandal that we are perpetuating is the only reason they have let Paige go. Ratings for the show have already plummeted before her removal. They have tried to “revamp” the show for the past few seasons. Unfortunately, the concept has been played out and over used in other TLC productions and the audience has grown smaller. And just something to ponder…how would your boss feel about a sex tape of YOU floating around? It probably wouldn’t make them too happy either!

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  11. Beef Cake says:

    Umm, for the pondering, if there was a sex tape floating around of me – it is NONE OF MY BOSSES business. What I do is MY personal business and has no bearing on how I do my job. And last I checked, it isn’t illegal – so they have no business worrying about it, as I don’t particularly care two s***s what they do in their own personal lives. And I think they’re actually making a mistake – I watch bEcause of Paige – won’t watch without her – so they’re cutting off their nose to spite their face. Oh well, there’s always a hundred other shows that will be better with better hosts. Their mistake.

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  12. A. Storey says:

    I am happy about TLC’s decision to fire Paige. She is the reason I stopped watching. She was getting more annoying every episode. I love the designers and all the carpenters but Paige had to go. BRING BACK ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Ang says:

    Paige would have been easier to watch if she’d had a valium or some ADD medicine. The jumping and clapping like an idiot got old quick.

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  14. Ry says:

    I think everyone is missing the big picture here. I don’t dispute that TLC fired Paige because of the rumors of a sex tape. Has anyone seen this tape? Anyone? Thats what I thought! It’s a rumore people. How would you like it if someone started telling around that there was a sex tape on the internet staring YOU? Then you showed up for work to find that they had ” made a decision to take your department in a new creative direction.” You know there isn’t any tape. The people that started the rumore know there isn’t any tape, and infact no one has actually been able to produce the evidence. But Oh well, to bad for you, you’re out of a job and your “good name” is smeared. And as for the person that made the comment of Hilde being part of the shows success, Are you as nuts as Hilde is? Have you lost your mind? I have never seen a more tastless, clueless person in my life. If she had any part in the success of the show I would have to say that it’s for the same reason we slow down to see a crash on the side of the road. Morbid curiosity! Well I think Paige got a bum rap and I wish her all the best.
    Ry

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  15. pierce says:

    Is it a prerequisite that you be a brain-dead, chauvinistic meathead to be a conservative? Judging by the comments of your readers, like Daddy, Beefcake, and Mike Jon Bonjovi (the rockstar), it is evident that your fanbase has been indulging in too much Fox News, Ann Coulter, Pro Wrasslin’, and Natural Light.

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  16. BP says:

    The reason I watch Trading Spaces is due to Page. Like I am going to put hay on my walls??? Come on get over it. She isn’t a major part of the show except to help move things along and help tell the story. Page if you read this. We love you very much and can not wait to see your next move whether it is TV or theater.

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  17. jh says:

    i guess you’re right Bp….which all the best to you Paige, whovever they gonna hire to replace ms.Davis spot,very soon,TLC will out from the air.
    rumours,,, they didn’t see the video yet, nobody from TLC have seen the video yet…. that’s the bottom line…

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  18. Michael says:

    Ridiculous,
    Its the only word to describe the decision made by TLC to FIRE Paige from trading spaces.
    My wife and her sisters as well as her mother all watched the show and Paige was a large part of the formula that made the show a sucess.I say that in past tense because TLC has lost a whole family of viewers, we will all be more than happy to continue watching Ty on Home Makeover on ABC instead and leave trading spaces to the Traitors that made this pathetically stupid decision.

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  19. Katie says:

    I love Paige. She is the only reason why I watch trading spaces. The show will be nothing without her. So maybe she did a few things, she probably shouldn’t have done. We all make mistakes.

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  20. Kelly says:

    Paige is the only thing that made the show what it was. She was the sweetest. This show will never be any good with out her. It will not show in our home anymore. Paige will only go up with her qualities. God Bless you Paige

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  21. TLC Watcher says:

    I will miss Paige on the show. I believe you need a narrator to help move the show along. As for Doug and Hilde making the show a success, what crap! In the beginning, the show was about making nice rooms that people would really enjoy. Those two just seem to go for the shock value. They do what they want to do, not what the homeowner would like to have. Hilde would never put straw, feathers or flowers on her own walls. When she’s on, I don’t even watch the episode.

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  22. Pat says:

    The firing of Page Davis is one of the most rediculous faux paux in TV history. She was the person, that was the glue that held the show together, and worth watching. Her perkiness, and antics were great. I hope you Exe’s have enjoyed your susccess, cause it will never be again. I for one of millions, will never watch it again, without the Person Who Got You To the Top.

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  23. Gracie says:

    >>>Is it a prerequisite that you be a brain-dead, chauvinistic meathead to be a conservative? Judging by the comments of your readers, like Daddy, Beefcake, and Mike Jon Bonjovi (the rockstar), it is evident that your fanbase has been indulging in too much Fox News, Ann Coulter, Pro Wrasslin’, and Natural Light.

    Posted by: pierce<<<

    Is it a prerequisite that you be a moron to be a liberal? What do their comments and Paige getting fired have to do with politics?!?

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  24. Heather says:

    I tend to think that TLC is using the so-called sex tape and all the other little piccadoles that have been going on with Paige as an excuse to fire her. Trading Spaces has already lost a couple of their best designers; why not get of our popular host!!! That should sink us but good. If Paige’s husband Patrick isn’t concerned with what’s been rumoured, then why the hell should TLC? Good luck with all you want for your future Paige – I for one will NOT be watching TS anymore .

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  25. Susan says:

    I watched Trading Spaces in spite of Paige being on it and am pleased to find out I won’t have to be subjected to her nauseatingly, fake perkiness.

    I doubt very seriously anyone is going to stop watching because Paige is no longer going to be on the show. I have a hard time believing anyone watched the show solely because of Paige being on it.

    Anyone who says they will stop is either a fool or a liar.

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  26. Mike says:

    Susan above says “Anyone who says they will stop (watching the show) is either a fool or a liar”. Very erudite, I must say. I was a huge fan of Changing Rooms, the BBC show TS is based on. CR’s host, Carol Smiley, was around a lot longer than Paige. When she left a year ago, they retooled the show–just like they are planning to do to TS. And after two episodes of the new version, with the new host, I never watched it again. The whole experience of the show was ruined for me and a lot of other people by Smiley’s departure and the alterations made in how the show was produced. I assure you, Suse, a change of host makes a big difference for a lot of faithful viewers of any show. I doubt I’ll watch without Paige, either.

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  27. Grace Galanti says:

    I was very unhappy when I read that Paige will no longer be on Trading Spaces. I think she is very real, and very, very big part of the show.. I will no longer watch Trading Spaces if Paige is not a part of it. I think a BIG MISTAKE HAS BEEN MADE!

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  28. Charity says:

    I wasn’t exactly Paige’s biggest fan, but I agree that what she does on her time is her own business. As for whether or not I’ll watch the show anymore now that she’s gone, the show’s been going downhill for the last few seasons. If there’s anyone who needs to be brought back, it’s Vern and Lori. They were just about the only legitimate designers on the show who didn’t ruin every room they stepped into. Anyways, Paige can make all the sex videos she wants – a right I hope she exercises now that she’s no longer an employee of TLC.

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