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HGTV’s Mina Starsiak Hawk responds to fans’ claims her new show is ‘fake’

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The drama in Mina Starsiak Hawk’s new HGTV spinoff series Good Bones: Risky Business is so over the top that fans have taken to social media to complain that it must be fake. The star has now addressed her skepticism, particularly about the way her original crew treated her, and insists the twists and turns were all real. Here’s the latest…

In Good Bones: Risky Business, the real estate agent and home improvement expert took on her biggest remodeling project to date, transforming a run-down Indianapolis mansion in the Fountain Square neighborhood.

In a typical episode of her main show, Good Bones, the renovation budget is around $300,000 for a 1,200 to 1,400 square foot home. But the “Risky Business” series follows her remodeling of a 6,700-square-foot property with a budget that’s grown to over $1.2 million.

And instead of using her typical crews, already awash with projects for Good Bones and the Two Chicks and a Hammer company she runs with her mother Karen E. Laine, the star said she needed to hire other contractors, including a site manager named Thomas, which didn’t go well.

From the start, the project, which Starsiak Hawk thought would take eight weeks, was delayed due to permits, then a misunderstanding led to possible city fines, and many viewers couldn’t believe how condescending Thomas was in their often tense discussions was. Thomas eventually left the site and eventually left the project altogether, abandoning Starsiak Hawk.

Fans flooded a post on HGTV’s Instagram feed, stunned and skeptical of the drama that followed. Many viewers were appalled by the way Thomas and other crew members treated Starsiak Hawk.

“I can’t get over how much Mina is offended. She pays them,” one person wrote.

Another wrote: “Mina if you were a man Thomas would never have gotten away with the way he treated you. Something is definitely wrong with him.”

One woman commented: “I loved watching this episode with my husband! He’s finally getting “mansplaining” and seeing first hand what women in business struggle with on a daily basis! He was so frustrated and angry he was still talking about it at breakfast!”

In a Reddit thread about the fork, a viewer wrote, “As a woman who’s renovated a home, it feels so much more like what I’ve experienced (guys actively talking down on me, aggression when I recognize sketchy problems, attempts to deny parts of the written scope, etc.). Overall, it always kills me that the shows have to produce drama when there are a lot of natural situations.”

“Having carried out over 70 projects as an investor, I can sympathize with Mina. It is YOU Money at stake and they should do the project like this you want,” wrote another person. “It seems like they totally disregarded Mina because she’s a woman. Also, it doesn’t look good for a contractor to just leave the job ON CAMERA if they want to do business in this city. I’ve seen contractors almost get into fights and it’s usually not a thing, but as in the case of Mina and her contractor, it’s starting to build up.”

On the evening of September 20, 2022, Starsiak Hawk took to Instagram Live to ask questions about her spinoff series.

She said she noticed a lot of people on her Good Bones Facebook group asking questions about whether all of this drama was real. Similar comments also surfaced on Instagram.

One person wrote: “This is painful to watch! The unprofessional communication makes me cringe. hopefully this is just drama they created for the show.”

Another wrote: “Thomas serves it right back to her…. this is probably written and edited for her, but his role is great…”

Starsiak Hawk said none of the drama was written.

“Everyone thinks it’s fake because it’s so bad,” she said on her Instagram Live. “Well, it’s that bad. The level of misogyny and, just like… what was going on!?”

She continued, “Y’all, I wish with every ounce in my body that this 14-month project was all, you know, made dramatic for filming purposes, but that wasn’t the case. Thomas really was that guy.”

The mother-of-two, whose daughter Charlotte, two, and son Jack, four, played loudly while she spoke, revealed Thomas had reached out via text message after the first episode aired.

“He actually texted me the first week after the first episode aired and said, ‘Hey, some friends saw me on the show. I hope the house turned out great, you know, sorry it was such a bummer.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah bro, thanks.'”

As for another male contractor, Martin, who was brought on the project, Starsiak Hawk said, “I really felt sorry for him because he got dumped in the middle of this shitty show. And every time I asked him a question, he said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll find out, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.’ Because he didn’t know! It had been pulled in, so to speak, in the middle, with no real control by the general contractor. Just put there to babysit. So he really didn’t have a fair fight to probably be at his best.”

Starsiak Hawk said that not only was all the drama real, but they couldn’t even show it all on camera.

“Obviously you can see the project going down,” she said. “The production teams and network have a strong responsibility to produce a product that is genuine without being defamatory or anything. So much had to be cut out. So so much.”

Good Bones: Risky Business airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Fans who want to see the end result before the finale airs can rent the completed mansion and coach house via Airbnb for $1400 a night, or rent the completed coach house alone for $960 a night.

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