Q: How much of an adjustment was it having TV cameras following you and your family for “House of Ho”?
A: Oh, at first it was a transition for all of us. You know, I’m a stay-at-home mom and I don’t even put pictures on social media, so it was a big transition for all of us. But at the same time, our family, we decided that we were going to put our lives out there and hope to inspire other families.
Q: Whose idea was this?
A: My brother Washington. A friend of a friend knew that they were casting for a show like this, and they said, “Oh, you’ve got to meet this guy, Washington Ho.” And they came down to meet him, and then they met the rest of us and that’s how it started.
Q: In the series opener, you announced your divorce to the family and your parents didn’t accept it. Do they now?
A: In the beginning, they were very opposed to it. You know, they wanted me to work it out with my ex. But where we are now is very different from where we were then during filming, and now they’ve come to accept it and they’ve taken my wedding picture off the walls. I don’t have to stare at that every time I go to their home. And they’re more accepting now but it’s been an adjustment for us and our relationship.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.