Johanna Griggs remains one of the most loved TV personalities after a staggering 19 years on Better Homes and Gardens.
The swimmer-turned-TV host is back in 2023 with the 29th season of Better Homes, launching February 3.
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Jo says it is a “privilege to be involved with a legacy show” and work every day with “inspiring people”.
“It is relatable because it’s relatable to everyone’s lives, including my own,” she explains, revealing that the series has even inspired her to grow 85 per cent of her veggies and make her own honey.
“I love entertaining, we’ve got fantastic chefs on the show,” she says, mentioning chef Karen Martini who inspires her own cooking all year.
“The other thing I love about Better Homes is it’s only positive.
“We don’t ever try to kind of unearth a deep, dark secret of someone or make anyone feel uncomfortable.
“We make all of our guests feel like they’ve had the best experience, and that starts from our great production team and a great on-camera team.”
Every day on the set is different and it is constantly a privilege to celebrate and learn from inspiring people, the host says.
“When you start talking to people who are really passionate about what they’re doing, you get caught up in it,” she says.
Jo jokes about the reactions of her husband Todd Huggins when she goes home after filming and tells him: “Oh my gosh, you should see what we did today.”
“He always says to me, ‘Could you come home with some of the budget ideas on the show as opposed to the expensive ones?’”
After 18 years, Jo says her love for the show endures through the audience.
“Our audience lets us know what’s important to them so we know any story that we’re doing on sustainability or anything with eco-angle works,” she says.
She also loves meeting people.
“I literally get to travel the country, and sometimes overseas, and just meet awesome people who are really passionate about what they’re doing,” she says.
She was particularly touched upon meeting people who had found positives during the difficult early stages of the COVID pandemic.
“Obviously we couldn’t travel as much (then) and there was so much negative (news) coverage,” she says.
“So we made a decision that we would find stories of people whose lives have been impacted by COVID, but they had turned into the most wonderful, amazing, life-changing experience.
“People knew when they turned on a Friday night that they could actually still find something uplifting and something that would inspire them and something that would give them hope.”
For the new season, Jo says fans can expect amazing architecture, recipe inspiration and stories of people, gardening, pets, DIY, craft and interior design.
“You name it, we’ll have it all covered,” she says.
“There’s always something for everyone.
“They might have their favorite presenter, they might drift in and out of the show over the 90 minutes.
“But they know there’s always something that’s going to come up that’s going to capture their imagination.”
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