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Home Town’s Erin and Ben Napier Can Fill the Chip and Joanna Gaines-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

Which, frankly, still leaves Erin flabbergasted, the artist having assumed the show wouldn’t gain all that much traction. ”Why would it be possible to make a TV show in a town like Laurel, Mississippi?” she reasoned to House Beautiful. “We love it very much, but that doesn’t mean everyone else would. So we had fun and never had any expectations.”

And now they’re just riding the wave both into season 5 of Home Town and their 2021 six-episode series, Home Town Takeover, that will show them attempting to makeover the tiny community of Wetumpka, Ala.  

That this is their life now never fails to amaze. “We know Laurel’s success is thanks to the TV show,” Erin told E! News. “It’s not me and Ben, we don’t take any credit for any of it.” Perhaps, though, maybe they should claim just a little.

(Originally published Jan. 20, 2020, at 3 a.m. PT)