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Reports: Paige Davis returning to former 'Trading Spaces' hosting job


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/14/2007 

Paige Davis evidently isn't the grudge-holding type.  Three years after TLC fired her from Trading Spaces, Davis has apparently agreed to return as the room-makeover show's perky host.

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Davis has been tabbed to host Trading Spaces' upcoming sixth season, according to a pair of recent reports in Playbill and the syndicated The Hollywood Exclusive entertainment column. 

TLC publicists could not immediately confirm or deny the reports when reached by Reality TV World on Tuesday, and did not respond to subsequent messages.

Davis took over Trading Spaces' hosting duties from first-season host Alex McLeod in 2001, and the 38-year-old helmed the show, which features pairs of neighbors redecorating rooms in each other's homes with the help of show-supplied designers and carpenters, for the next four years.  However in January 2005, TLC confirmed it had fired Davis to take Trading Spaces into a new creative direction that would feature a "host-less" format.

"[The decision will] enable the show to be more spontaneous, focus more on the homeowners and designers, and create alternative home trades in different cities and on opposite coasts," said TLC in a statement at the time.

Davis was subsequently in talks with King World Productions, the distributors of The Oprah Winfrey Show, to co-star in a new syndicated program that would also feature interior designer Nate Berkus, however nothing ever came of the discussions.

Most recently, Davis appeared in the national tour for the Broadway show Sweet Charity, which came to a close over the summer.  Her husband Patrick Page is currently playing the Grinch in Broadway's  Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

(Photo credit TLC)


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