Couple accused of kicking out adopted kids after winning 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' renovation
Back in 2012, James and Devonda Friday's dream came true when they, along with their seven foster children, were chosen by the popular reality show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' to receive a dream house renovation.
The show's crew and its thousands of volunteers worked tirelessly to build a gorgeous 3,900-square-foot mansion in less than a week, giving each member of the Lincolnton, North Carolina, family their own, luxurious bedroom.
"It was exciting. We got in a limo and were just riding up and then hearing, 'move that bus,' and then seeing this big house. It was fun," one of their adopted children Kamaya, who was 14 years old at the time, told WSOC-TV.
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But what should have been a life-altering gift to the family quickly turned sour -- according to WSCO-TV, oldest siblings Chris and Kamaya Friday, who took their adoptive parents' names, were kicked out of the home just months after TV cameras left.
The rest of their younger siblings later left as well.
Chris and Kamya have since spoken out, claiming James and Devonda were just in it for the money and that the gift cards given to Devonda by the show for her non-profit organization 'House of Hope' were actually used on herself.
"I know it was all about the money," Chris told WSCO-TV. "From the first day, it was all about the money."
In a phone call with a WSCO-TV reporter, James Friday insisted Chris and Kamaya actually wanted to leave the home and that the rest of the siblings' departure was a social services matter.
But the eldest siblings, who are now adults, insist that the couple's motives were devious the whole time, and that the pain still haunts them.
"You gave me away," Kamya said. "Parents don't do that. No."