Ty Pennington Biography
Ty Pennington born Gary Tygert Burton, is an American television host, artist and carpenter. He was born on October 19, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was born as the second son of school psychologist Yvonne Burton. Yvonne separated from Ty’s father when he and his older brother Wynn were very young, and spent several years as a single parent before she remarried. Her new husband adopted both boys, giving them his surname Pennington.
He attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. After high school, he attended Kennesaw State University, graduating from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a diploma in commercial art, and attended the Atlanta College of Art while working his way through school as a carpenter. Shortly after Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ended, Pennington received from the Savannah College of Art and Design an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.
Ty Pennington Age
He was born on October 19, 1964.
Ty Pennington Wife – Ty Pennington Married
Ty Pennington and Andrea Bock has been dating for over a decade. They reside in their own home in Venice Beach, California. They are not offically married.
Ty Pennington Kids
He has no kids.
Ty Pennington Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Ty Pennington Career
He is most notable for having been the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which aired on ABC in the U.S. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was consistently rated among the top 20 of all television programs. It has won two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program and two People’s Choice Awards.
In the fall of 2010, Pennington expanded his international appeal with two new series. Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, for Canada’s W Network, matches two amateur interior designers in a contest to decorate a room using only the contents of a mystery crate put together by Pennington. As part of his ongoing relationship with Great Britain’s UKTV Home, his latest series Homes for the Brave focuses on improving the homes and lives of soldiers who served in Afghanistan for the British Army.
Pennington first took his talent for mobilizing volunteers overseas to Great Britain for Ty’s Great British Adventure, a community-improvement series airing on UKTV Home. In addition to hosting, he was executive producer. Seasons 1 and 2 went on to become UKTV Home’s two highest rated television series ever.
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Pennington launched a new fabric line, Ty Pennington Impressions with Westminster Fabrics. He continues his partnership with industry leader Howard Miller, designing new pieces for his Signature Home Furnishings by Ty Pennington.
Pennington’s latest book, How Good Design Can Change Your Life (Simon & Schuster) is an intimate look at Ty’s design inspirations with décor advice and tips. It followed up his New York Times best seller Ty’s Tricks (Hyperion), which is part reference and part behind-the-scenes in Ty’s own home, which he completely remodeled himself.
He also serves as ambassador for the Sears American Dream campaign. Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home improvement series Trading Spaces.
Ty Pennington Arrest
While Pennington was helping out families on national television, he was clearly on a path of self destruction. On May 5, 2007, Pennington was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles, reports People. His blood-alcohol level was .14 percent, well over the legal limit of .08 percent. He apologized for his actions saying, “I made an error in judgment. We all make mistakes; however, this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call.
“He also apologized to his employer ABC for his behavior saying, “I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”
People later reported he plead no contest to DUI charges and received 36 months probation, fined $1,500, and was ordered to undergo a 90-day alcohol education program. After enduring embarrassing court procedures and countless headlines pointing to his mistake, Pennington said, “I’m happy to bring closure to my recent court proceedings… Drinking and driving is never acceptable. I have pleaded no contest and will abide by the court’s ruling. I hope this experience can help others as much as it has helped me.
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‘Trading Spaces’: Paige Davis, Ty Pennington on the revival, and home-improvement rivalries
Updated On: 5th April 2018
NEW YORK – Are you ready to trade spaces again?
Ten years after it went off the air, TLC has revived its hit home-improvement show Trading Spaces, with perky host Paige Davis and hunky carpenter Ty Pennington. The premise of the series remains the same: two sets of neighbors swap houses and redo a room in two days with the help of designers and carpenters. Ahead of its return Saturday (8 ET/PT), Davis, 48, and Pennington, 53, chat all things Spaces with USA TODAY.
The spirit of Spaces remains intact:Aside from a budget hike (from $1,000 to $2,000 per family) due to inflation, the format remains unchanged, which Davis thinks is an asset. In 2005, she was fired from the show when TLC wanted to try it with no host, upsetting many fans. “I don’t think they were underestimating me personally, but I do think that the show suffered when tentpole elements of it were changed,” Davis says. “Because we started this new genre of television and suddenly we created competition for ourselves, the network was always trying to keep the show fresh. But at a certain point, if you try to be like everybody else, too often you’re no longer like yourself.”
There’s no bad blood with other home-improvement series:Although Spaces inspired many imitators, including Flip or Flop, Design on a Dime, and the just-shuttered Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines, “there’s no rivalry between any of the shows — there’s room for everybody,” Davis says. In fact, “I would love for Chip and Joanna to be guest designers on our show.”
New and old faces:Spaces welcomes three new designers and two new carpenters this season, as well as several returning cast members, including Hildi Santo-Tomas, Doug Wilson and Carter Oosterhouse. Oosterhouse was accused of sexual misconduct in December, which he has denied, and TLC investigated. “He’s never been anything but beyond professional and kind,” Davis says. “Everybody in our cast and at the network is really happy that he is a part of the new season.”
Viewers are more decor-savvy, which is a blessing and a curse. Thanks to social media, led by Instagram and Pinterest, as well as TV shows and magazines about interior design, “people have been able to see so many more visual images and get more ideas that way, so we’re hoping they have more open minds,” Pennington says. “At the same time, it’s a bit more challenging for designers to be original, because you have to come up with something that has never been done.”
The bad reactions are often the most memorable. While they love to see happy homeowners, Pennington admits that some of his favorite episodes come when rooms didn’t meet expectations, leading to dramatic reveals. In one of Spaces’ most infamous episodes, “the neighbor actually wrestled her friend, blaming her for the (wall) color choice,” Davis remembers. “I’m not proud of how I handled that reveal because I stood there doing nothing, primarily because I thought she was kidding. And then it dawned on me: ‘Is she kidding, or am I about to become an accessory to murder?’ ” Jokes Pennington: “That just shows that color can have a very strong impact on your mood.”
Ty, the designer? After years of lending his carpentry skills to shows including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and American Diner Revival, Pennington is trying on a new hat this season: designing a room in an upcoming episode. “I won’t give away whether the homeowners liked it or not, but in my opinion, you knocked it out of the park,” Davis says. Adds Pennington: “I enjoy being a carpenter. What was nice was I had no responsibility — I could just be out in the backyard making whatever the designer has requested be made for the $30 they put into the budget. But as a designer, you really have to take the homeowners through every step of what you’re doing, and make them believe you have an end goal.”
Would they ever room-swap? Davis admits that she’s “too OCD to trade spaces. I’d need to have a very detail-oriented person in my house.” If Pennington designed her room, he’d draw inspiration from her Broadway past: “In your room, I would do silhouettes of shadows backstage, almost behind-a-curtain kind of thing. Not cheesy.” Quips Davis: “And then would you paint your image peeking from behind a curtain, to haunt me in my dreams?”