Jason Hodges dropped from Better Homes and Gardens after 15 years

Landscaper Jason Hodges has been axed from Seven’s lifestyle format Better Homes and Gardens after 15 years with the program, with his last episode airing December 21.

Hodges will be replaced by rival Charlie Albone and garden correspondent Melissa King, with Graham Ross to stay with the program also.

Hodges will appear in a Christmas episode of Better Homes and Gardens on December 21

A Seven spokesperson said the show would bid a ‘fond farewell’ to Hodges.

“Australia’s number one lifestyle program will this week bid a fond farewell to landscaper Jason Hodges,” said the spokesperson.

“Jason joined Better Homes and Gardens in 2005 and has been transforming outdoor spaces and providing expert advice to viewers ever since. Career highlights include his medal-winning garden designs at both the Chelsea Flower Show in London and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Jason will now turn his focus to his farming business, Buxus Balls of Berry, and other ventures.”

But that rosy view didn’t seem to be shared by Hodges himself, with the presenter telling the Sydney Morning Herald he was ‘gutted’ to be let go.

‘‘I think of myself as being the luckiest guy in the world, to have had the best job in the world and work with the best team there is … I’d be lying if I said I was not upset but as people in this business know, that’s how it goes,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the publication.

Seven confirmed the format would return in 2020 with new content.

“Better Homes and Gardens will return in February 2020 with new technology, health and fitness and motoring content, along with all the ideas and inspiration audiences have come to expect from host Johanna Griggs and the team,” said the spokesperson.

Better Homes and Gardens regularly delivers between 400,000 and 500,000 metro viewers for Seven on a Friday, up against Ten’s The Living Room which has been cancelled ahead of 2020 and various programming options from Nine.


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