"It's all blown out of proportion. It's a mess, and I'm dealing with it," he said when first asked about the incident. He would repeat variations of those comments in response to co-host Lara Spencer's additional questions about his legal situation. But he also repeatedly said he couldn't go into detail.
Van Winkle was arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft last week after Florida investigators discovered several items removed from the house next to the one he was renovating at his home.
On GMA, Van Winkle confirmed that he was renovating the house from which the goods were taken and that that house was being foreclosed upon. Van Winkle also repeated what he told investigators, according to a copy of the police report obtained by ABC News, that he was going to purchase the house in question.
He also insisted that he's been cooperative with the police, adding, "I wish I could elaborate." Spencer ultimately moved on to his show, which Van Winkle was filming when he was arrested. He shared some details about how he's sprucing up the house that serves as the focus of this season, saying that he's turning the place "from zero to hero."
He also shared with GMA some DIY tips for creating expensive-looking home decor.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.