6:00am PT by Chris Gardner, Peter Kiefer
Lance Bass Flubbed His Chance at 'Brady Bunch' House: "It Was a Rookie Move"
What a roller-coaster weekend for Lance Bass.
The 'N Sync star tried — and failed — to purchase the iconic Studio City home featured on The Brady Bunch, though Bass alleges he was used by the real estate agent.
The singer took to Instagram on Sunday to detail the dramatic real estate tale, revealing that he was under the impression that he had placed the “winning bid” to purchase the property — a 2,500-square-foot home located at 11222 Dilling St. that was only used as the exterior of the Bradys' residence on the '70s TV show.
Bass said the “agent representing the estate” told him that he outbid the competition with his offer that was “WAY over the asking price.” However, after he had celebrated with friends and family, he was informed that unforeseen circumstances blew the deal because a “Hollywood studio” had swooped in to purchase the property with “unlimited resources" forcing him to say "bye bye bye" to the property. The whole scenario left Bass feeling “hurt and saddened,” he posted.
A request to Bass’ rep for additional comment went unreturned. However, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction, Bass was clearly in the running and was included in a handful of prospective buyers that were asked to submit what is known as “best and final” offers. Multiple buyers, including Bass, had pledged to preserve the home and ultimately he lost out.
“He really made a mistake as a serious buyer to go on social media and claim himself the winning buyer,” says the source. “A contract was never sent to him. There was never even a contract and now he is crying foul trying to save face for speaking too soon. But this is his own doing. It was a rookie move.”
As for the Hollywood studio, The Brady Bunch was produced by Paramount and aired on ABC; however, The Hollywood Reporter has checked in with reps for Paramount Pictures, Paramount TV and Paramount Network as well as a rep for ABC/Disney and all denied that those companies are involved in purchasing the home. (During his hosting duties on Live With Kelly and Ryan on Monday, Ryan Seacrest said that he had heard it was Paramount as well.)
THR did confirm that the house is in escrow and scheduled to close 10 days from Monday.
On Tuesday morning, Discovery CEO David Zaslav revealed on the company's earnings call that the HGTV network was the winning bidder for the home and will restore it to "its 1970s glory." Bass took to Twitter later in the day to say he was happy with the result of the sale.
HGTV??! Aw man. I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else, but how can you be mad at HGTV?? My television is stuck on that channel. Kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again.— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) August 7, 2018
Marcia Marcia Marcia! Im feeling heartbroken today. As many of you may have heard, we placed the winning bid on the iconic Brady Bunch house—at least that’s what we were told. The agent representing the estate informed us we made the winning bid (which was WAY over the asking price) after the final deadline for all offers had passed—even writing up the “winning bid” for my team after informing me of the good news. Isn’t a deadline a deadline? This was a dream come true for me and I spent the night celebrating amongst friends, family, and fans alike. The next day, due to “unforeseen circumstances” the same agent informed us that there’s another Corporate Buyer (Hollywood studio) who wants the house at any cost. We were prepared to go even higher but totally discouraged by the sellers agent, they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources. How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity? I truly believe I was used to drive up the price of the home knowing very well that this corporation intended on making their offer and it’s not a good feeling. I feel used but most importantly I’m hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome. I just hope it is not demolished. Thanks for all the love and support. #CrushedDream #ShadyAF #DouglasElliman #ShadyBrady To make me happier you can register and vote November 6th!
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A version of this story appears in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Aug. 7, 1:34 p.m. This story has been updated with HGTV purchasing the house and Bass' tweet about that.