Ferguson will be taking over the role formerly held by actor and carpenter Ty Pennington, who hosted the show until it went off the air in 2012. This isn’t to say, though, that Pennington won’t play a part in the reboot: he will make appearances throughout the season to assist with special projects, reports Deadline.
“The producers came to me because they wanted someone totally different from Ty, and they wanted someone who could bring humor as well as a human connection,” Ferguson told Parade. “It’s a tricky balance because you’re part Oprah Winfrey, part Bob the Builder.”
The new Extreme Makeover premiered Sunday night with an emotional episode: Ferguson helped build a new house for Jessica Mosley, a single mother with two biological daughters and three children she adopted in 2017 after they were deemed “unadoptable” by a judge. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than the Mosley family,” Ferguson tweeted. “I am so happy we were able to surprise them!”
And if you’d rather tune in to watch the show live, you can catch episode 2, in which the team builds a home for a family of refugees from the Congo, next Sunday at 9 p.m. on HGTV.