Why Bob Vila Left "This Old House" (2022)

Today in Tedium: In an era when HGTV has turned home repair into a lasting form of light entertainment and figures like Fixer Upper power couple Chip and Joanna Gaines into big-name public figures and experts at monetizing their names and work (complete with their own cable channel!), it’s worth remembering the foundation for this approach—specifically, the home-repair experts that came before. One of those experts is a guy by the name of Bob Vila. Vila is from a different era, first making his name in public television, but his success created a situation that reverberates deeply in the world of sponsorship and advertising. Today’s Tedium talks about how Bob Vila became a capitalist. — Ernie @ Tedium

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$97.8M

The amount that Roku paid for the This Old House franchise, a popular public television staple, earlier this year as the company started building out its original programming lineup. (To give you an idea of how valuable the franchise is: Roku bought the entire Quibi show library for “significantly less” than $100 million two months prior, which means that This Old House is a more valuable asset than Quibi was, despite being a single type of show.) The purchase, which still allows the show to appear on linear television first, is interesting in the scope of the long history of the hit PBS show, given the fact that its noncommercial nature was once a major sticking point.

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An image of Bob Vila during the early days of This Old House. (WGBH press photo)

How Bob Vila became the face of home repair

This Old House represented an interesting opening salvo in the way home renovation was presented on television.

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Every season, the show would highlight an aging house, and renovate it, step by step, over the span of a number of episodes. Rather than today’s more common HGTV-driven approach of showing a “flip” over the span of an entire episode, the show focused on the process, detail by painstaking detail.

“It’s an adventure story,” producer Russell Morash stated at the time of the show’s national expansion in 1980. “We wonder what’s going to happen week to week. Will they solve this or that problem? That’s enough to keep you interested. But it ain’t hard-core how-to. No, no. For that you’ll have to turn to an encyclopedia.”

Vila stumbled into the job as a result of his home-restoration business R.J. Vila Inc., which had won an award from Better Homes and Gardens magazine for fixing up a Victorian house in Newton Center, Massachusetts. Vila and his wife, Diana Barrett, earned a profile in The Boston Globe for the project, which Vila and Barrett personally restored with an eye to keeping its classic qualities intact. (They, of course, bought the home for themselves.) This profile earned Vila the notice of the Boston-area public television WGBH, which was looking for someone to host a home-improvement show.

Vila ended up hosting that show for a full decade, with the show going national in its second year.

Morash’s approach had already drawn one of the most iconic success stories in the history of public television: Julia Child came to prominence through her WGBH-produced cooking show, codeveloped by Morash. As an educational program focused on a broad niche, This Old House used much the same framework as Child’s show The French Chef and The Victory Garden, a show about gardening that Morash also created.

Due to its status as a show on public television, the show’s on-air personalities initially went out of their way not to mention brands during the show. In one example cited by Morash in a Boston Magazine oral history from 2009, the show’s producers would actively hide the Owens Corning branding on rolls of fiberglass (even though Owens Corning was an underwriter for the show!), which led the manufacturer to change the way the rolls were branded so hiding the detail was unavoidable.

During its first decade of existence, the show, as it highlighted demolitions, touch-ups, and all the headaches that happened in-between, had Vila right at the center as the everyman who explained what was happening as it was happening—with familiar faces like construction pro Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey (the resident plumbing and HVAC expert), and master carpenter Norm Abram helping to see the renovations through to the end.

Trethewey and Abram are still with the show after all these years—and the show is still chugging along, like the homes that gained a second life from This Old House’s TLC. But Vila? Well, let’s just say things got messy.

“They came up with three concepts, but they didn’t seem to fit my stand-up character. We spent the next year working on it. I had in mind a Bob Vila character in his home life. I’m a big fan of his old show ‘This Old House,’ and his new show, ‘Home Again.’”

— Tim Allen, discussing how Bob Vila was a direct inspiration for Tim Taylor, the character he played for eight seasons on Home Improvement, in a 1991 Associated Press interview. Allen took such inspiration from Vila that Vila was a guest star on the show multiple times, with Vila appearing as Taylor’s rival. In the oral history, Vila noted that he was approached by the creators of Home Improvement, Disney, regarding whether he felt that the show would be ripping him off at all.

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A YouTube clip of Bob Vila and Norm Abram on Late Night With David Letterman. Anyone getting any Tool Time vibes from this?

Why Bob Vila’s ouster from “This Old House” reflects deeper tensions around public television

In a lot of ways, the issue Vila faced was not unlike the problem that The Disney Channel’s star system was designed to anticipate: He outgrew the franchise that made him famous.

But there were bigger issues at play, issues that cut at the core of PBS’ overall mission to provide quality public programming, and issues that constantly lingered behind the scenes. As the home-improvement show became one of the most popular shows on public television, President Ronald Reagan was aggressively going after public television’s funding, and would often veto bills aimed at increasing that budget during his time in office.

Funding challenges like this, often common for public television outlets during conservative presidential administrations, created a natural tension between television created as a public service and the commercial realities of how the bills needed to be paid. So often, public broadcasting would turn to underwriting, allowing corporations to pick up the bills in a way that wasn’t directly advertising but served much the same purpose.

In the 1997 book Made Possible By …: The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States, author James Ledbetter makes a compelling case that this kind of underwriting threatened the very mission of the public television, because of the way that financial pressures could directly or indirectly influence what gets on the air.

“Today, corporate underwriting represents more than 16 percent of PBS’ overall budget—up from 10 percent a decade go—and 27 percent of its national programming costs,” Ledbetter wrote at the time. “Though that may appear to be far from a controlling interest, there are virtually no programs on the PBS dial that are not in some way beholden to private, commercial firms.”

(These days, larger stations receive most of their funding from a combination of donations from the public and underwritten content, with digital distribution also helping to drive revenue. It was necessary: The Trump administration, like Reagan, took an aggressive stance against government funding of public television.)

The complicated funding picture of public television funding trickled down, of course, to individual shows, such as This Old House. Initially, WGBH couldn’t afford to pay the stars a ton of money. According to Boston Magazine’s oral history, Vila only made $200 per episode at the start of the series, later increasing to $800 per episode. Vila appeared in 235 episodes of the series in a 10-year period, meaning the minimum he could have made from the show was $47,000 over a decade and the maximum $188,000. As a skilled handyman and contractor, he treated the hosting gig as a side business for his contracting firm R.J. Vila Inc., but if it were his only job, he would likely be making more money with a standard white-collar desk job, even at 1988 wages.

Still, it’d be understandable if Vila saw simply promoting his local contracting business as failing to properly capitalize on his national television profile. If Vila wanted to make any serious money off his status as a home-improvement guru, he would be required to become a pitchman.

So he did—making up to $500,000 per year off of his name during the latter years of the PBS show.

Julia Child faced a similar situation of extreme fame on a public television budget, but rather than leaning on sponsorship, she sold books and videos that went deeper into the art of cooking. Vila wrote books, too, but his sponsorship approach was a faster shortcut to capitalizing on this kind of success.

Vila never hid what he was doing, and disclosed and gave approval rights to each commercial opportunity to the bosses at WGBH, but even with that in mind, his aggressive salesman approach ultimately ran head-first into the realities of the public television funding situation.

The Home Depot, already a dominant national chain in the late ’80s as well as an underwriter for This Old House, took umbrage at the fact that Vila was a commercial spokesman for a smaller competing chain called Rickel. Despite being given the OK to play the role as spokesperson for Rickel and a number of other companies, the underwriting problem led WGBH to ask Vila to drop his work as a commercial spokesperson. As you might guess from the fact that I’m writing this article, he refused to drop the source of most of his income, and he was fired.

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In Boston Magazine’s oral history, Morash suggested that beyond the sponsorship issues, Vila’s approach had become too slick for the show.

“In the early days of the show, as I said again and again, the host asks the questions that the homeowner has,” Morash said. “If the host appears to know the answer, it changes the chemistry completely. As Vila matured, he became the expert. What kind of cuckoo land was that?”

Bob Vila in a commercial for Sears, which was for decades his main meal ticket.

As Vila was quick to note, the exit turned out to be the best possible thing for his career—within a year, he was the primary spokesperson for Sears’ hardware businesses (a role he held for nearly two decades), and he had his own long-running syndicated television show called Bob Vila’s Home Again.

“My departure was prompted by flaws in that system. I was caught between a rock and a hard place,” Vila said in a 1995 interview.

And This Old House survived as well, bringing on a series of new hosts, including Steve Thomas and current host Kevin O’Connor, both of whom stayed with the show longer than Vila did. There was enough room for two home-improvement shows with a relatively similar approach. Really, the only loser out of this was Rickel, whose chain was soon steamrolled by The Home Depot.

Nonetheless, Vila’s firing didn’t go over particularly well, and for years, there was lingering tension between Vila and the show he created, especially as the commercial realities of public television led This Old House in directions that seemed to directly conflict with the reasons Vila was fired.

Even while Vila was still there, the logos started to be displayed on the goods that were donated to the public television production, thanks in part to the Reagan-era austerity. (This actually caused problems for homeowners, who were found to owe taxes on the donated goods.) And WGBH later became more savvy about making money on the side from the show, including through the launch of This Old House Magazine in the mid-1990s, a title that is still published today. (Vila tried doing the same thing with a title called Bob Vila’s American Home, though that faltered in 1998; these days he runs a namesake website with a similar approach.)

WGBH’s Peter McGhee, in a 1996 Wall Street Journal article, tried making the case that it was not hypocritical for the show to make money off of side ventures in this way.

“With the show’s integrity intact, it turns out to have value in other markets,” McGhee stated.

It’s a complicated line to straddle—and it may be an even more complicated one now that Roku is in the picture—but it’s far from an uncommon one in the world of public television.

“I was at the Habitat for Humanity Awards in New York, and under my name in the brochure was This Old House. My wife asked me when I thought people would finally get it straight. They don’t have to get it straight. I own part of the franchise.”

— Vila, in a 2004 newspaper interview, discussing the fact that he was still deeply associated with the show he helped create 15 years after he left it. Despite leaving for more commercial pastures with Home Again, a show he produced until 2007, he emphasized a fairly old-school approach to home repair, rather than a more infotainment approach that more recent home-improvement shows (see Property Brothers, Fixer Upper) specialize in. He was also direct about the role his sponsors played in the show, even as he emphasized his independence. “My partners at Sears and I talk about the subject matter, and I listen to what they suggest, but there is never any pressure on me to do ‘reality’ shows,” he stated in the piece. (Vila’s relationship with Sears broke down in 2006 because everything involving Sears was starting to break down around that time.)

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To be clear, I’m not trying to begrudge Bob Vila his success at all. He got into the home-repair business as an entrepreneur, not a philanthropist, and it just turned out that his entrance into a public profile came about in a medium, public television, that was rife with ethical conflicts, most of which he wasn’t responsible for and wouldn’t have faced if he was on another channel.

Just because he was on public television doesn’t mean that he automatically stopped being a businessman. In fact, his status as a businessman who could effectively educate others on camera made him even smarter about maximizing his profile.

“I am at heart a capitalist,” he stated in a 1996 Wall Street Journal article in which he discussed getting “payback” on his old stomping grounds as each tried launching magazines. “The years I hosted on PBS I compare to the years I volunteered for the Peace Corps.”

(Vila wasn’t using hyperbole there—he actually served in the Peace Corps in the early ’70s.)

The TV handyman hasn’t had a regular show on the air in a few years, but repeats spring eternal and his profile remains sizable—so much so that he’s had to deal with multiple lawsuits in recent years related to people trying to capitalize on his likeness rights.

Vila offers an interesting comparison point to today’s spate of cultural creators: When it comes down to it, Bob Vila’s situation in the late ’80s was very much like the Twitter or Instagram celebrity who built a massive platform off the back of someone else’s network, but has no way to properly monetize that from the original source. So they have to look to other places, such as crowdfunding sites like Patreon as well as commercial sponsorships, to make ends meet. Love it or hate it, that’s the commercial reality of online creation.

Vila’s “social platform” that offered limited returns just happened to be public broadcasting. But the ultimate goals were the same, even if he might have been 30 years early to the game.

Bob Vila, a handyman with presence built for TV, may have been the world’s first influence marketer.

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Why Bob Vila Left "This Old House"? ›

Vila left This Old House in 1989 after a dispute with creator/producer Russell Morash over Vila's product endorsements. He doesn't regret the move and simply views his departure as disappointing rather than controversial.

What happened to the original host of This Old House? ›

It's simply that, after 14 years on "This Old House," Thomas wanted to move on to other things, reportedly including some new projects on the DIY Network. He left under very amicable terms and will continue to be seen in repeats of older episodes of "This Old House."

Did Norm Abram leave This Old House? ›

By Brittany Bowker Globe Staff,Updated May 26, 2022, 11:50 a.m. Home improvement legend Norm Abram of “This Old House” is leaving the show after more than four decades, according to an announcement from the series. Abram, 72, is the carpenter-turned-TV personality who was first discovered in Boston in the late 1970s.

When did Norm Abram leave This Old House? ›

and SAN JOSE, Calif., MAY 19, 2022 — After over four decades, This Old House's Master Carpenter and pioneer of the home improvement television genre, Norm Abram is officially leaving the show and hanging up his toolbelt.

What's Bob Vila doing now? ›

Additionally, the retired TV star and father of three still serves as the chairman of his town's architectural commission, which he says helps him stay on top of today's home trends.

What is Tom Silva salary? ›

Tom Silva net worth: Tom Silva is an American contractor and television personality who has a net worth of $5 million.

Who is Tom Silva wife? ›

How much is Bob Villa worth? ›

Bob Vila Net Worth
Net Worth:$70 Million
Date of Birth:Jun 20, 1946 (76 years old)
Gender:Male
Profession:Presenter, Author, Television Director
Nationality:United States of America

Where is Norm Abram today? ›

Norm lives with his wife in a classic Colonial home that he built in Massachusetts. They enjoy cooking and entertaining, visiting art galleries and museums, as well as boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Who is Norm Abrams wife? ›

Is Norm from This Old House married? ›

What happened to New Yankee Workshop? ›

New Yankee Workshop Series Ends

Fine Woodworking just received word that the New Yankee Workshop, one of America's most beloved woodworking TV shows, is ending after 21 seasons on PBS according to Patrick Ramirez, a spokesperson for WGBH Boston.

Where is Norm Macdonald from? ›

What Happened to This Old House on PBS? ›

For the first time in its 43-year history, the 2021-22 season will feature 39 episodes of each show – 13 more episodes than previous seasons. New episodes will premiere on PBS as well as an all-new dedicated This Old House premium subscription channel on The Roku Channel on Thursdays.

How old is Tom Silva This Old House? ›

Who pays for the work on This Old House? ›

But before you get too excited, be aware that the renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not “This Old House,” though the show coordinates product discounts and donations where possible. All donated items are considered gifts, on which the homeowners pay taxes.

Is Kevin O'Connor married? ›

He has been the host of the PBS home renovation series This Old House since replacing Steve Thomas in 2003.
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Kevin O'Connor (TV personality)
Kevin O'Connor
Known forhosting This Old House, Ask This Old House
Spouse(s)Kathleen
Children3
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Does Tom Silva own a boat? ›

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How old is Richard Silva? ›

Richard R. Silva
DiedJanuary 27, 2009 (aged 86) Gloucester, Massachusetts
Resting placeWesleyan Cemetery
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
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Where is the Silva family now? ›

The Silva family moved to Galt three years ago. Thomas is an Operations NCO in the Army National Guard. He is based out of Sacramento and did a tour of Iraq several years ago. “Being active duty, I am not home a lot,” said Thomas, as some of the youngest children surrounded him, all trying to hold his hand.

What nationality is Bob Villa? ›

Is Norm Abram still married? ›

Abram was previously married to Laura Cone (divorced in 1996), with whom he has a daughter, Lindsey.

Who was the first host of This Old House? ›

While filming a 40th anniversary special for “This Old House” recently, Bob Vila, the show's original host, stopped to consider why, after all these years, people still can't seem to get enough of home improvement shows.

Who started This Old House? ›

Founded by Russell Morash, This Old House is now in its 43rd season and remains one of the highest-rated home improvement show on television.

How old is Norm on This Old House? ›

How old is Bob Vila now? ›

Where Is The New Yankee Workshop located? ›

UMass Magazine alum Norm Abram New Yankee Workshop. NTERING THE "SET" OF The New Yankee Workshop, the nationally aired PBS program produced in an unadvertised location somewhere in the suburbs of Boston, you encounter an array of spades, shovels, and gardening forks, hung on pegs and neatly sorted by genus and size.

Who is Jen on This Old House? ›

As Landscape Contractor on This Old House and Ask This Old House, Jenn Nawada teaches solutions to viewers across the country that make their landscapes more beautiful and functional. Jenn has been working in the landscape design and build field since 2001 and founded Nawada Landscape Design, Inc.

How old is Richard Trethewey? ›

Who owns New Yankee Workshop? ›

1. The New Yankee Workshop is a professionally designed set for TV production. Everything in Norm Abram's shop isn't brand new. Here you can see some well-worn tools stored in an old coffee can, Yankee style.

Are there any TV shows about woodworking? ›

Woodcademy TV,” produced by Bagnall LLC, a new woodworking television show is available for viewing on Amazon's Prime Video platform.? Host Ralph Bagnall brings 30 years of experience as a professional woodworker to each project featured on the show, sharing tips, tricks and skill-building techniques.

How long has the Woodwright's Shop been on TV? ›

The Woodwright's Shop is an American traditional woodworking show hosted by master carpenter Roy Underhill and airing on television network PBS. It is one of the longest running how-to shows on PBS, with thirty-five 13-episode seasons produced. Since its debut in 1979, the show has aired over 400 episodes.

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What does Steve Thomas do now? ›

He now resides in St. George, Maine, with his wife and son Sam. He owns his own construction company, Steve Thomas Builders. A recent project involved renovating a cottage and building a timber-frame barn on Hupper island off the coast of Maine.

Who replaced Bob Vila on This Old House? ›

During Vila's tenure, the show drew 11 million viewers and had won five Emmys. Weyerhauser, at this time a supplier for The Home Depot, stopped underwriting the show. Steve Thomas took over hosting duties after Vila's departure, remaining with the program until 2003.

How old is Kevin O Connor? ›

Is This Old House still in production 2020? ›

The series is still in production.

Was Bob Vila ever on This Old House? ›

The Real Reason Bob Vila Left "This Old House” - YouTube

Who is Ross on This Old House? ›

Ross Trethewey has This Old House in his blood. His grandfather first appeared on the show in 1979 before his father, Richard Trethewey, began to make regular appearances shortly after. Ross remembers visiting his father on those job sites, and as he got a bit older, he wanted to learn the trade.

What happened to Roger from Ask This Old House? ›

He currently serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine and contributed to Complete Landscaping, published in 2004 by This Old House Books in conjunction with Sunset Books. In June 2018, Cook announced that he would be reducing his role in the television programs due to unspecified health issues.

What happened to the crew of This Old House? ›

Roger Cook Retired From 'This Old House' in 2020, but He's “Not Going Anywhere” Home improvement TV show This Old House looks a little different this season: Roger Cook, who had been This Old House's garden and landscape contractor on the show since 1988, exited the show in January 2020.

Originally, the show renovated older, more modest properties, with the homeowners pitching in and doing some of the hard work.. During Bob’s time on the show, “This Old House” won five Emmy awards and averaged 11 million viewers.. The 1990s were the beginning of a new era for the TV personality, as he began hosting “Bob Vila’s Home Again”, which was renamed “Bob Vila” in 2005.. Bob’s lesser-known production works include “In Search of Palladio”, “Restore America”, and “Guide to Historic Homes of America”.. “Restore America”, which aired on HGTV in 1996, was comprised of 50 one-hour segments exploring building restoration and historic preservation in each of the states.. Image source Having started out first and foremost as a family foundation, The Fledgling Fund spent the last few years secretly increasing its community-based funding to tackle health disparities and homelessness, and improve cultural organizations and youth services.

Robert Joseph Vila (born June 20, 1946) is an American home improvement television show host known for This Old House (1979–1989), Bob Vila’s Home Again (1990–2005), and Bob Vila (2005–2007)….Bob VilaOccupationTelevision host entrepreneurSpouse(s)Diana Barrett ​ ( m. 1975)​Children3Websitebobvila.com2 more rows. Vila left This Old House in 1989 after a dispute with creator/producer Russell Morash over Vila’s product endorsements.. Norm Abram net worth: Norm Abram is an American carpenter and reality television personality who has a net worth of $2.5 million dollars….Norm Abram Net Worth.Net Worth:$2.5 MillionDate of Birth:Oct 3, 1949 (72 years old)Gender:MaleProfession:CarpentryNationality:United States of America. But before you get too excited, be aware that the renovations are completely funded by the homeowners and not “This Old House,” though the show coordinates product discounts and donations where possible.. Austin was just 18 years old.. Less than a month after new Red Barn owner Sal Jimenez finalized his acquisition of the historic building and property including the popular outdoor Sunday market, he got into hot water with Monterey County.. This includes his Assets, Money and Income.. He just bought a new old house that he’s renovating and he’s mulling over ideas for a new shop, so he can keep building and building.. … Norm developed his skills while working as a carpenter, and those skills led to his appearances on “This Old House.”May 29, 2020. He has been married to his wife, Susan Silva, for over 30 years.. Birthday, Elise Hauenstein Age – Norm Abram is 39 years old in 2019.. nation we all live in.. While HGTV doesn’t fund the renovations, they do pay for one big ticket item.

While filming a 40th anniversary special for “ This Old House ” recently, Bob Vila, the show’s original host, stopped to consider why, after all these years, people still can’t seem to get enough of home improvement shows.. Its first season, which aired on WGBH Boston, a local public television station, had no homeowner at all.. The houses are different, too.. The show will also include interviews with past homeowners and footage from some of the episodes.. The Delfinos’ house in Newton, Mass., as seen on season 39 of “This Old House.”. In one episode, Ms. Maitland walked Mr. Thomas, the show’s host, through the house to point out what needed fixing.. “The guys on the show used to call it public takedowns.” (Ms. Maitland got her cherry cabinets.). Twenty-five years later, the Maitlands have made few changes to the house.. “Still, every time I come up the driveway I can’t believe we live here,” Mr. Maitland said.. And if it’s got enough character, it makes for good television.

To date, This Old House has earned 18 Emmy Awards and 83 nominations, made celebrities out of its hosts, and spawned a magazine by the same name and spin-off shows including Ask This Old House and This Old House Trade School .. Its latest iteration, House One , a digital-only brand providing original content for first-time homeowners and renters, launches Feb. 1.. Morash came up with the show's concept while renovating his own 1851 farmhouse , and the pilot episode featured the reveal of a renovated Victorian in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, which cost $30,000 to fix up.. Producers put Norm in plaid.. When Morash approached Norm Abram, who'd built his barn, the carpenter "took the job for some work in a winter of no work," Abram told Boston . ". "Now I can't not put one on," he said.. Brand names couldn't be shown on camera.. Advertising on public television is tricky.. Vila left to make more dough.. Vila started the show at $200 an episode and after 10 years was making just $800 a pop.. "The vast majority of the homes that we work on are homes that are submitted to us via email or our website submission page," he added.. Most HGTV shows flip houses at warp speed compared to TOH , and Thorkilsen says his brand is just fine with that.. On TOH , the homeowners are involved in each step of the way and only after 15 episodes of hard work do viewers see the finished product.

Facebook/Bob Vila. It turns out that's not always the case, though, and Vila has put several of his houses on the market — sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.. After putting it on the market in May 2011 for $5.7 million, it ended up selling for only $5 million.. In 2016, the Chicago Tribune reported that over the course of the previous year, several area home shows had fully expected Bob Vila to make an appearance.. The Times also noted that he wasn't even scheduled to be at the event, but happened to be in the hotel at the time.. He's been working with them, too, and like his other charity work, he seems to prefer to do this one partially on the down-low.. In 2000, he reported on Habitat's 100,000th home build for CBS News , and he's also involved in the less hands-on part of Habitat.. Vila spoke with NPR about the project, and it's clear there was something personal about this particular effort.. Vila took up the cause as far as fundraising went, but he also was on site to inspect the property and find out just what needed to be done.. According to Vila, the plaid wasn't planned.. I don't watch much of it.". In true handyman fashion, Vila has embraced all sorts of mediums to reach out to a whole new audience and teach a new generation some skills, and one of those projects he's heading up is the Bob Vila Academy .. When it comes to projects like this, there's always people who want to learn and people who are ready to start updating and customizing a new home, and Vila is making sure he's still reaching them.

Bob Vila is a former American television host and author.. He is known for his role in This Old House and Bob Vila’s Home Again .. Full name : Robert Joseph Vila Gender : Male Date of birth : June 20th, 1946 Age : 75 years (as of March 2022) Zodiac sign : Gemini Place of birth : Miami, Florida, United States Nationality : American Ethnicity: Cuban descent Religion : Christianity Profession: Television host and entrepreneur Education : University of Florida Hair colour : Grey Eye colour : Blue Height : 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) Weight : 78 Kg (172 pounds) Sexual orientation : Straight Marital status : Married Spouse : Diana Barrett ​(m. 1975) Children : Christopher, Susanna, and Monica Net worth : $70 million Twitter account : @BobVila YouTube channel : Bob Vila. Photo: Stephen RoseSource: Getty ImagesIn 1990, Bob began hosting Bob Vila’s Home Again .. The show was renamed Bob Vila in 2005.. New York City: Quill (HarperCollins imprint) Historic Homes of New England Historic Homes of the South Historic Homes of the Midwest and Great Plains Historic Homes of the West Historic Homes of the Mid-Atlantic. Bob Vila's house is worth $30-40 million.. When was Bob Vila born?. Why did This Old House get rid of Bob Vila?. How much is Bob Vila's net worth?. Who replaced Bob Vila on This Old House ?. Home Improvement pioneer, Bob Vila, is indeed one of the most famous television show hosts and authors in the United States.

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