Last year I wrote a post about HGTV’s top-rated show “House Hunters” and its host, Suzanne Whang, an actress who has had small roles in movies like “Housesitter” and “Brothers and Sisters.” Soon after, she sort of . . . disappeared. She was replaced on the show by a bodiless voice that sort of sounds like her, but actually belongs to a voice-over artist named Colette Whitaker. (According to the IMDb, Whitaker also does the voice of Susan Mayer for the “Desperate Housewives” game.)
So many people have written to ask me where Whang went that I thought I’d tell you what I know. A reader sent me a note saying that she e-mailed the actress herself to ask her where she went and received a personal response. Here it is:
i left the show almost a year ago, after hosting it for almost a decade. they’ll still show my reruns for eternity, i imagine. feel free to post your comments or send an email to hgtv.com.
i am now headlining at stand-up comedy clubs, i’m guest hosting on the Game Show Network, writing my 2nd book, developing several television series to star in, doing professional keynote speaking, guest sermons, political activism, and charity work. life is good!
HGTV hasn’t made a big deal of her departure and continues to use her image on the “House Hunters” webpage. Maybe they’re hoping nobody notices that she’s been replaced.
Viewers did notice, however. If the amount of mail I’ve gotten about it is any indication, then I’m sure HGTV has also gotten an earful from upset fans. One man wrote and urged me–and everyone else–to boycott “House Hunters” altogether until she is reinstated. Another told me she immediately turns off the show if it’s an episode without Whang in it. Someone else wants to start a petition to get her back.
Have you missed her?
The first episode of “House Hunters” aired in 2000 and within a couple of years it was HGTV’s hottest show.
Until recently, they didn’t tell viewers how much the featured houses cost. Viewers were only given a vague idea of the buyer’s price range. As soon as “House Hunters” started revealing the prices of the homes in 2005, the ratings soared. Turns out people like knowing the numbers (I know I do!). Producers took note and began creating entire shows built around the concept of house prices, such as “National Open House” and “What You Get for the Money.”
NEW POST: The Truth About “House Hunters” on HGTV.