House Rules contestants Carly and Andrew have quit the Seven show after one episode, incensed with a format twist that will eliminate two teams.
The Queensland couple walked off the show last night telling producers they were unhappy with a first week challenge in which two teams will be eliminated after a Gold Coast penthouse renovation.
“This curve ball of two (teams) being eliminated has thrown me for six. I’m not a quitter, but this game has changed a lot,” said Carly.
“It’s no longer, ‘Get on House Rules, get your house renovated.’ It’s ‘House Rules-two-(teams) -get eliminated-and-then-the-rest-get-a-house-reno.’ It’s not what I expected at all.”
A producer was seen in the episode explaining the show’s new format twist.
“Do you understand that as part of a television process and making a show, shows change, shows evolve? Things change all the time?” the producer asked.
But Carly insisted her bedroom zone did not have enough time to make it ‘pop.’
“We knew we were getting eliminated anyway. I’d rather have my dignity and self respect and leave on my own terms,” she replied.
“I signed up for House Rules as I knew it. Not as it is now.”
“I’m not going to stand here and argue with you,” the producer insisted.
Their departure forced the show to scramble for an outcome.
Host Jamie Durie asked the remaining teams to take on the extra renovation for potential extra points. No team would be eliminated at the end of the penthouse challenge, but there is still a second challenge with an elimination on the way.
7pm Sunday – Thursday on Seven.