Reality television and familial conflict tend to go hand in hand. It's a major thrust of the entire genre, where competitions aren't concerned. That being said, we generally assumed that more uplifting reality shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wouldn't feature too much shielded-from-the-public family drama, but we were wrong. Several adopted kids who appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are now publicly calling their adoptive parents out, and the accusations are... extreme.
It seems that a group of adopted kids who appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2011 have leveled some major accusations at their former guardians. Now legally adults, Kamaya and Chris Friday have come out and accused their adoptive parents, James and Devonda Friday, of kicking them and their three biological siblings out of the house after winning the ABC reality series back in 2011. Beyond that, the kids also alleged the elder Fridays took thousands of dollars in gifts from the ABC series that were intended for use in their non-profit organization, and instead used the money for their own personal enrichment.
We have to admit, those are some pretty insane accusations that feel more like they belong on The Jerry Springer Show than Extreme Makeover. Despite the accusations, James and Devonda Friday remain resolute in their assertion that they have done nothing wrong.
Refusing to speak to the local news crew in person, Mr. Friday called up the reporter of the initial story and repeatedly disputed the claims made by the children that they practiced any sort of fraudulent activity with the gifts given to them by the show. With regards to kicking out the children, they claimed that the adopted kids either had serious behavioral problems or opted to leave the house of their own free will. There's clearly still a fair amount of animosity on all sides of this argument, so something tells me that they won't be getting together for Thanksgiving next week.
Regardless of whether or not these allegations are actually true, they definitely make watching the family's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition application video way more awkward in hindsight. Don't believe me? Check it out below to see for yourself.
This is without a doubt one of the weirdest stories to ever come out of a feel-good show like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. One thing is certain: it will be insanely awkward if Ty Pennington ever runs into any of these people in the near future. CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest television news as it becomes available to us; make sure to check out our fall television premiere guide and midseason premiere guide for more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated fall TV debuts.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.