Ty Pennington has graced TV screens for over two decades, becoming a popular carpenter, designer, and TV host. However, Pennington had been out of the spotlight for five years, so where is he now?
After battling some personal issues and regaining his footing, Pennington has returned to television with a new show. He is now a part of the HGTV family.
Pennington took to Instagram to announce his new show on HGTV, which is called Ty Breaker. The show premiered on January 11.
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Ty Breaker follows families who need help deciding between redesigning their current home or finding a new one they can renovate. On each episode, Pennington is joined by other HGTV stars. Windy City Rehab’s Alison Victoria, The High Low Project’s Sabrina Soto, or One of a Kind’s Grace Mitchell lend their expertise and fame.
Pennington’s role is to persuade the families to stay in their current home. While one of the other HGTV stars is supposed to convince the family to move on to a better home, they can make their own. It sounds a lot like Love it or List it, right?
Pennington Struggled with Addiction
On TV, Pennington brought enthusiasm and a bright smile, but he struggled in his personal life.
According to People, on May 5, 2007, the carpenter was arrested in the Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, CA. He was stopped for driving while under the influence. Pennington’s blood-alcohol level was .14 percent. The state’s legal limit was .08.
Per a Cleveland 19 news report, Pennington released a statement through his publicist apologizing for his poor judgment.
We all make mistakes, however this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call, I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.
Pennington stepped out of the public eye after this incident, but it appears he has gotten himself together and is prepared to return to his on-screen career.
In a recent interview on the Tamron Hall Show, Pennington further explains his absence.
I worked every single day for almost ten years …read more