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HGTV's 'Love It or List It' under fire again

recent Reddit post brought reality shows into question, asking internet users, "People who have been on reality TV shows, what's rigged and whats not?"

Some commenters got heated about what goes on behind the scenes on HGTV’s home renovation show "Love It or List It." According to the commenters, the show is not all it’s cracked up to be.

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One person said that two family members were part of the show. That commenter said the producers had the family members tape two endings of the show and then decided which one to air.

"My aunt and uncle were on 'Love It Or List It,'" the Reddit user wrote. "(Producers) had them record both endings, and the network chose which one they thought was best. They are still in the house and they love it, but the show says they listed it."

This revelation is a big let-down for fans because most tune in to see the competition between designer Hilary and real estate agent David. But the Reddit discussion challenges whether there's any competition at all. 

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Another disappointing accusation questions the show's timeline for designs and renovations. While the show makes it seem as if the renovations are completed in a short period of time, Reddit users said renovations can take months as producers attempt to create as many episodes in a time frame as possible.

One Reddit user went into more detail about the headache surrounding the construction on the homes.

"As mentioned, nobody wants to list their house -- they just want a free renovation and to be on TV. However, the show only pays for 50 percent of the work they do on your house, and the producers do what they want for TV and don’t really respect the homeowners’ wishes. (Plus,) they shoot a bunch of episodes in one market at a time, so they use one set of contractors for all of the homes. If they get behind on the work on a given home, they pretend that the work is done so they can wrap on the episode, then they take the crew with them to the next house. You then have to live in an unfinished renovation until the whole set of episodes is finished and the crew can get back to you. This can be months or not at all."

These accusations have landed the hit HGTV show in more hot water. According to Country Living, a couple from an April 2015 episode filed a lawsuit against the show, citing "shoddy work and unfair trade practices."

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But not all participants on the show had negative experiences. Julia Sweeten, a real estate blogger, featured a couple whose time on the show was positive.

According to Sweeten, the remodel on one couple's home took about seven weeks, and they only peeked in on the house twice during the renovations. The families have to move out while construction is going on.

"Meeting David and Hilary was a thrill and they have every bit of that back and forth repartee as you would expect having watched the show," the woman, Marci, told Sweeten. "They were both truly quite fun to work with."

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Marci said their reactions to the final look of their home were genuine. The couple ultimately decided to sell the home, but that wasn’t until the episode aired.

'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes responds to petition to fire Jesse Williams

Dr. Avery is here to stay.

Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy,” gave a speech about race and criticized police in America at the BET Awards on June 26, and it apparently offended some people.

>> Watch the full speech here

Those who were offended by the so-called “racist rant” have created a petition calling for the actor’s dismissal from the show, and so far, it has more than 16,000 signatures.

“Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions,” the petition reads.

>> BET Awards: Jesse Williams delivers impassioned speech on race in America

In a defiant twist, another petition was filed that supports Williams and calls him, “a brave leader.” That petition currently has more than 25,000 signatures.

“Jesse Williams is a bright man, passionate spokesman and a committed advocate of black people and #BlackLivesMatter who took a public stand on BET Awards show, risking his job and career for his beliefs,” the supportive petition explains.

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes also had something to say about the petition calling for Williams to be fired.

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On Monday, she took to Twitter to express her feelings, writing, “um, people? Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules.”

Mic drop.

Fans of Shondaland applauded “the boss” and showed their appreciation on social media.

(h/t Cosmopolitan)

CELEBRATE AMERICA IN KENNETH CITY

Saturday

Jul 2, 2016 – 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

JAMES ERNST PARK

4600 58th St. NSaint Petersburg, FL 33709 Map

MORE INFO Celebrate Pinellas Park and the Town of Kenneth City partner up on this fantastic, small-town parade and festival! Celebrate America in Kenneth City on July 2nd from 10am – 3pm. Celebrate Pinellas Park has presented a fun filled community parade since 1972. New this year, parade viewers are invited to follow the parade to Community Hall, where the Town of Kenneth City will feature a patriotic family friendly festival complete with food vendors, an art & craft show, kid’s games & activities, rock wall & bungee jump rides, hula hoop contests and more. Admission is complimentary and some fees will apply for various vendors and activities. As always, the community parks 3000’ square foot playground is available for public use.Registration for this year's parade is now OPEN! The parade begins at 10:00AM at 62nd Street and proceeds eastbound on 54th Avenue until it reaches 58th Street at which point it turns right and heads southbound on 58th Street coming to an end at the Kenneth City Community Hall (4600 58th Street). Register for the parade here: http://www.celebratepinellaspark.com/registration/

GULFPORT'S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION -JULY FIREWORKS

Monday

Jul 4, 2016 – 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saint Petersburg, FL 33707 Map

MORE INFO The City of Gulfport invites everyone to celebrate this 4th of July celebration all day long with an amazing line-up of fun and exciting activities in the City’s downtown waterfront district!Complimentary activities include; The Kid’s Fishing Derby sponsored by the Gulfport Marina, at the Recreation Center seawall. Registration for the derby will start at 7:30 a.m. Please bring your own fishing pole and the Marina will supply bait from 8 – 11 a.m. The Family Sand Sculpture Contest, sponsored by the Gulfport Recreation Division, on Gulfport Beach, from 10 A.M. to Noon with registration starting at 9:45 a.m. Keeping with tradition, the theme will be “Patriotic.” Bring your own tools and supplies. Recreation staff will be on Gulfport Beach for the kids from noon to 5 p.m. with water slides, balloon entertainment and concessions available. Local vendors offer a variety of arts, crafts, food delicacies and patriotic knick-knacks for your enjoyment, from 2 – 10 p.m. On the main Casino Stage, live music of Solar Exposure will entertain downtown Gulfport beginning at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the community parade will make its way (southbound) down Beach Boulevard to the Gulfport Casino, then turning west on Shore Boulevard to 58th Street South. Make sure to grab a good viewing spot! Interested parade participants can easily fill out the online form at http://www.mygulfport.us/july-4th or visit Gulfport City Hall to complete the form. Deadline to register is Friday, June 26.At 9:00 p.m., a phenomenal fireworks display, celebrating the July 4 holiday, will close the day’s festivities on Gulfport Beach. The open air event trolley will be running from Noon- 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. to pick up passengers from remote parking spots to make your journey more convenient to Gulfport.For general information regarding the day’s events, contact Gail Biron at gbiron@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118.july fireworks

THE 8TH ANNUAL SAFETY HARBOR 4th OF JULY PARADE

Safety Harbor, FL - Grab your lawn chair, the kids and find your favorite viewing spot along the parade route!  The Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post 238 in Safety Harbor is pleased to announce that we will host our 8th annual old fashioned Fourth of July parade on Monday, July 4, 2016.  The route will be directly down Main Street from Phillippe Pkwy and Bay Shore Drive to 9th Ave South.  Step-Off is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. 

win a VIP experience at The Late Late Show with James Corden in LA!

A summer karaoke sweepstakes is hitting McDonald’s! 

 

To get started singing and winning for a chance to win a VIP experience at The Late Late Show with James Corden in LA or one of hundreds of $250 StubHub gift codes, stop by your favorite McDonald’s now through August 1st and pick up one of the specially marked cups featuring a microphone.  

 

To enter, use the Shazam app and microphone image on the specially marked cup to create your karaoke video from one of the listed songs! Or, post a selfie of yourself singing into the microphone cup on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #SipShareWin AND #Sweepstakes.

 

So pick your favorite jam, crank up the volume and Sip – Share – WIN!

 

Follow @MCDTampaBay for all the tasty details.

Magic @ Ulele Father's Day Walk/Run!

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