LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Ahmed Hassan of Yard Crashers returns to television’s DIY / HGTV today with re-runs of previously taped telecasts. But since Ahmed Hassan confirmed to news that he had been replaced on Yard Crashers, fans have voiced their disdain for the handling of the host’s exit by broadcaster DIY / HGTV.
Next week, fans of HGTV learn who will be the Next Design Star 2012, a process in which viewers were enticed to aid in the selection of a new HGTV host personality. And while viewers today are often used to choose who is the next star to be added to a network, they are never asked to selected who is the next star to be removed from a network.
Fans of Ahmed Hassan hence are outraged,that their beloved host was replaced, unexpectedly, in recent months.
Because of the dynamics of tv syndication programming today, networks rely on viewer patronage of not just new programming but also existing programing. Hundreds of episodes had been taped and continue to air featuring Hassan while new episodes are being broadcasted with a new host, simultaneously.
Hence, HGTV / DIY failure to issue a statement announcing Ahmed’s exit at the time not only confused viewers but also angered them. At the time that LALATE first exclusively broke news that Hassan had been replaced, DIY had still yet to comment about what had happened to Ahmed. And while Ahmed has since given some insight into his exit, the network hasn’t been so transparent.
That transition, as a result, has left a bad taste in many viewers’ mouths. Nearly three hundred negative comments about the network and support for Hassan have been posted here since the confusion erupted.
One viewer wrote “I am on strike from Yard Crashers until they bring back Ahmed”. Another viewer noted that, replacing hosts, doesn’t often work. “I was upset when they replaced Sandra on Property Virgins but this is just too much. I’m sure that most people who watch HGTV or DIY know who Matt is and he’s okay but it’s just that he isn’t Yard Crashers! That’s Ahmed! I have watched 2 of the new shows but Matt just doesn’t have the energy and excitement that Ahmed has…so no go on the new shows.”
As one fan added “I too noticed the Property Virgins and Yard Crashers changes. I will not watch the new Property Virgins for sure. Although I like Matt, I won’t watch the new Yard Crashers either. I believe that they have pretty much branded those shows so no one else will do with fans. HGTV please reconsider these changes as I really learned alot on the programs but no more.”
For clarification, Sandra Rinomato (Property Virgins) chose to leave Property Virgins to pursue her new and exceptionally successful show with the same network, Buy Herself (coming to US audiences soon but currently airing on HGTV – Canada). Hassan, in contrast, was removed from the series.
As one fan wrote “add me to the list of people who will NOT watch the show without Ahmed. Horrible decision.” For more about what happened with Ahmed, click HERE.