Partnering with SBP, a New Orleans-based nonprofit with a
mission to minimize the time between disaster and recovery, Jonathan and Drew
are not just filming another spin-off, they’re also contributing to the area’s
ongoing recovery in the decade since Hurricane Katrina laid waste to large
parts of Louisiana.
“We’ve got neighbors coming over saying, ‘I didn’t think
that house was ever going to get fixed up’ and ‘I miss our neighbor,’” Jonathan
says of the show’s renovated property, which sat vacant for 11 years. The
project will mark SBP’s 1,140th home rebuild.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, the brothers first
visited New Orleans in 2007 during Mardi Gras and have felt connected to the
community ever since. They also distinctly remember watching the devastation
unfold in late August of 2005, and admire how that fighting spirit lives on.
“There’s a lot of love for the city and, even after the devastation
of Katrina, a lot of love and support for people here,” Drew says. “That’s why
we wanted to come be a part of that.”
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“People here are so warm and they’re so inviting,” Jonathan
adds, reflecting on the floods that affected several parishes throughout
southern Louisiana weeks prior to ET’s visit to the set. “You see everyone come
together. You see everyone here go down to help there because when Hurricane
Katrina happened in New Orleans, everyone came from Baton Rouge to help
Of course, there are all the other pleasures of New Orleans
that both brothers love. “The food, the music, the fun vibe down here,” Drew
says, listing off the reasons they continue to come back.
“We’ve been trying to eat as much food as possible,”