MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - The Extreme Makeover reveal Thursday will be emotional not just for the Carrs, but also for the man who brought the build to East Texas.
Conrad Ricketts, the executive producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, says it is time to scale back. He is not ready to retire just yet, but the Mineola build will be his last show on the road. Ricketts is making the impossible happen for an East Texas family, and he has been amazed by the heart and soul of this community.
"Yesterday, when I stood out there in the rain and wind and cold weather, you watched hundreds and hundreds of people showing up and putting on a blue t-shirt to help a family and it has been one of the most amazing things to be a part of," said Ricketts.
He hopes this experience sparks a change in East Texas and beyond.
"We want to be able to show this nation these type of communities so you understand, no matter where you live, how inner city it may be, that if you just take the time to wave to your neighbor, take the time to talk to them across the fence, say hello to them, we can change the world," said Ricketts. "You can change the world."
He has done his part to change the world. As the show's creator, Ricketts has served as executive producer for seven seasons. He spends 45 weeks out of the year on the road and is ready settle down.
Ricketts is not saying goodbye to the show, simply the traveling part.
"Our hopes and our dreams and our prayers on these seven years of traveling is that after we leave everyone will continue to push it forward and keep making a difference and keep changing family's lives," said Ricketts.
A long way from the word retirement, Ricketts has several projects in the works.
"I'm looking forward to being able to create television which is socially responsible," said Ricketts. "Television you can sit down with your children on prime time without a mute button in your hand.
Before he turns his sights towards home, he has one final message for his crew
"Thank you," said Ricketts. "Thank you for giving me a voice that has allowed me to be able to touch so many families throughout this country. Thank you for believing in me and letting me have the opportunity to make a difference."
A message for those who have helped him make miracles happen.
Ricketts says he hopes the show continues to teach communities that they can change lives on their own, but he says you don't need Ty or Hollywood to change a life.
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