It is a sad day for all HGTV fans out there: Hilary Farr has announced that she will be leaving beloved show Love It or List It after 19 seasons and 15 years. Farr first started on the home transformation show in 2008, co-starring with realtor David Visentin. In the show, Farr and Visentin would compete to "win" their clients' decision on whether to stay in their current house that Farr completely renovates or move into a new home found by Visentin that meets their needs. Fans of the show love the witty back-and-forth quips from the pair, giving Farr and Visentin a sibling-like relationship that has even sparked marriage rumors in the past. However, as close as the two are, Farr's decision to leave could not be swayed by Visentin's disbelief.
In an interview with People, Farr revealed that though she will miss her professional days with the realtor, she found that the show simply wasn't fulfilling that creative part of herself anymore. "I realized that everything that I am as a woman, which is [that I] look for challenges, look for inspiration, look for new ideas, be excited about all the possibilities that are out there, had really needed to bloom and to find their way," she explained about her decision to leave. "I've given it so many years of my life. It's got me through hard times. It's got the audiences through hard times. It has evolved into a mainstay of people's lives and it's been incredibly gratifying," she said. "But now it's time for me to move on and meet new challenges."
Farr, who's in remission for breast cancer, also explained that her experience with the sickness changed her outlook on life and how she's spending her time. "I'm now very aware of really wanting to take joy out of every day, and that's one of the reasons that it was time to leave Love It or List It, because it was becoming too easy," she said. "I was in a rut. It's been so many years."
Apparently, it took a bit for the news to sink in for the crew. "I thought that everyone had accepted it, but they hadn't," she said and explained that once it came time to start planning the 20th season of the show, she was asked again about reconsidering her decision to list her job title. "With all the love in the world, the answer was no. It's just time," Farr said.
There is a silver lining to this heartbreaking news though. Farr ensured that she was not leaving her other HGTV show, Tough Love, and that her future is still filled with projects she's passionate about. One project will likely revolve around a plot of land she purchased last fall in Italy where she plans to put up a "tiny house," so that's some exciting news to look forward to.
When it comes to the news of who will replace her as a co-host, fans are still eagerly awaiting updates. Farr shared her well wishes for the Love it or List It team in finding her replacement and revealed she will still "probably tune in and watch it." In the meantime, you can binge-watch reruns. Stay tuned for updates on what's next for the show!
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