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The Biggest HGTV Scandals Of All Time

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5. Tarek And Christina's 'Misleading' Real-Estate Seminars

In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission issued a formal complaint against real-estate seminars endorsed by Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead. According to the Associated Press, the FTC said, "Promises that the classes could make people rich were 'misleading' and 'bogus.'"

Apparently, the classes were advertised as being free, but when attendees arrived. they were asked to buy another three-day class package for $1,997.

The complaint was filed against a company called Zurixx, which put on the seminars. HGTV responded in a statement to House Beautiful: "HGTV, its sister networks, and its parent company are neither associated or affiliated with Zurixx, nor are we involved in any of our talents' personal business associations with Zurixx."