After an astounding 202 episodes, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was officially canceled by ABC in 2012. The show, which grew to tremendous fame, tore down and rebuilt economical and sustainable homes for deserving families each week. As Pennington described to Parade, leaving the show behind wasn't easy. But he grew from the experience.
"I think what Extreme taught me is that as an artist, what you create with your hands has a lasting difference and actually makes someone's life better," he said. "It's something that I'll always be proud of." And he misses the show, saying, "Of course, are you kidding me? That's my family." Despite being yanked from the air, Pennington hasn't given up on helping families in need get beautiful, well-crafted homes that are life changing. As Parade notes, Pennington is searching for a more affordable way to do the show.
But since then, Pennington has managed to get rest and turn his attention to his family. "My friend recently said, 'Oh my God, dude. You look rested.' Now, I actually have a chance to try to get some of the things in my life in order," Pennington clued in. "When you're on that show, you're literally traveling every three days. Everything is on hold until you can get back to it. So I'm trying to reconnect with my own family and breaking ground on a sustainable home I'm building for myself in northern Florida."