HGTV's 'Celebrity IOU' Sees Continued Success Thanks to A-Listers With Big Hearts

Kori Williams - Author

May 15 2023, Updated 10:13 p.m. ET

Home renovation network HGTV combines our love of home makeovers with our love of celebrities in its show Celebrity IOU, which is all about the rich and famous giving back. Its hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott, aka The Property Brothers, team up with a "Hollywood A-lister" who gets to gift a home remodel to someone they care about.

Article continues below advertisement

Even though Celebrity IOU is heartwarming and gives us faith in humanity, some people are wondering if the show is real. So far, the series has gotten stars like Snoop Dogg, Ali Wong, and Tiffany Haddish to sign on.

So, are any parts of the production played up just for the cameras? Here's what we know.

Article continues below advertisement

Is 'Celebrity IOU' real?

According to an interview Jonathan did with Entertainment Weekly, the show is real and all the celebrities are actually really psyched to be involved. For example, Jonathan explained that he brought up the idea of Celebrity IOU to Viola Davis (who was featured in Season 1) at the 2015 Emmy Awards, and said that she knew immediately who she wanted to gift a home renovation.

Brad Pitt and Jean Black on 'Celebrity IOU'
Source: HGTV
Article continues below advertisement

"We had the same reaction from all the celebrities participating in the show, so here we are," Jonathan said. "These are celebrities with really big hearts, and you'll be able to see how much they care about these people and why they wanted to give back to them."

In another episode from Season 1, Brad Pitt wanted to give his longtime makeup artist, Jean Black, a remodel as a gift. Jonathan revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Brad is "obsessed with architecture and real estate, and he really understands design." And since Brad already had an understanding of Jean's home, he gave Jonathan and Drew a lot of ideas.

Article continues below advertisement

"I cannot wrap my brain around how down to earth and just hard-working Jay Leno is," Drew told Yahoo Entertainment. To underscore just how real this show is, Jay is an absolute example. It was a totally bad time for him to participate since he had just burned his face and had a motorcycle accident. Nonetheless, he still put in the work. If it was all fake, it would have been so easy to reschedule.

'Celebrity IOU' will tug at your heartstrings.

Celebrities gifting people home renovations seems like an idea anyone would love, but what makes it even better is how committed these A-listers are to the remodels. Melissa McCarthy, for example, went so far as to fly back and forth from her other commitments for the HGTV series, according to Jonathan. Rebel Wilson also flew in from Australia for her episode.

Article continues below advertisement

But even more heartwarming are the relationships between the stars and the people they choose to surprise with the remodel. In Michael Bublé's episode of Celebrity IOU, he chose to give back to his grandfather's caretaker. He explained that it was his grandfather, who he calls his best friend, who initially sparked his love of music.

Article continues below advertisement

In his episode, Michael said that instead of sending his grandfather to a nursing home, he hired a woman named Minette to take care of both his grandparents until they passed.

"My grandfather didn't really want anyone here," Michael said. "But Minette was a perfect match and my grandfather went from a little bit resentful to absolutely becoming one of her best friends."

Season 6 of the show is back on May 15, 2023, and kicks off featuring Heidi Klum! You can watch Celebrity IOU on HGTV on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST or stream it on Discovery Plus.

More from Distractify

Latest Celebrity IOU News and Updates

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 Distractify. Distractify is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.