‘Room by Room’ Hosts

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 4, 2004

Have Matt Fox and Shari Hiller ever been married to each other?
—Pat A., Utah

Both stars of Room by Room graduated from Kent State University, although they did not know each other at college, HGTV spokeswoman Emily Yarbrough says. They’ve never been married to each other, although Hiller is married and has two children. “They are good friends and their families vacation together,’’ Yarbrough says. Hiller practiced interior design in Cleveland following college, while Fox pursued a career in theater in the San Francisco area. He taught drama and painted houses during the summer. They met at an annual Dutch Boy Paints meeting in 1991 when both worked for the company. Hiller shared her idea for a redecorating show and they developed a show that aired on local cable access. When Fox saw an article about a new 24-hour cable network called HGTV, they contacted executives and the show was picked up as Room by Room in 1994.