‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Is a Homebody and She’s Not Ashamed to Say It

For Food Network star Ree Drummond, staying home isn’t a punishment. It’s a glorious experience.

The Pioneer Woman host doesn’t mind telling the world she’s a homebody and if she didn’t hate leaving home so much, she’d scream it from a rooftop.

Ree Drummond of Food Network's 'The Pioneer Woman' smiles for the camera in a multi-print blouse
‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond | Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Drummond’s ‘hermit tendencies’ got her through the recent quarantine circumstances

The covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic turned most of the free world into homebodies. For Drummond, however, “stay-in-place” measures weren’t difficult for her to abide by. In fact, as she wrote in her recent memoir Frontier Follies, it almost surprised her how easily she adapted.

“The idea of not having to get into my vehicle and leave our homestead during the course of a day is something that causes my insides to do cartwheels and jump for joy,” the mother of five wrote. “I tell Ladd that if it weren’t for church and the occasional work obligation, it’s actually disturbing how many months on end I could stay home without batting an eye.”


Drummond was astounded when the circumstances of 2020 and into 2021 put her declaration to the test.

“Who knew this gloat would actually be tested this year?,” she said. “Even though I hated the reasons, I felt fortunate that my inherent hermit tendencies helped me during quarantine.”

‘The Pioneer Woman’ said she loved staying home with ‘Gilligan’s Island’ in her teens

Drummond described in her book the first moment in her life when it occurred to her that perhaps she wasn’t an extrovert. Since she had always been told she was and, in fact, had been told she was “the life of the party,” she believed it was so. It wasn’t until later that she realized she is an “extroverted introvert.”

“The only reason I’ve ever been able to be the life of the party and make people feel at ease is that I’ve spent weeks beforehand not doing that,” she said.

“I have a distinct memory of a group of my brother’s high school friends coming to the house one day when I was 14 and asking me if I ever left the house, because they only ever saw me watching Gilligan’s Island,” Drummond recalled. “Even back then, I knew I needed to preserve my internal resources in order to thrive in social settings. I am absolutely that same person today.”

She’s a homebody, but she doesn’t film ‘The Pioneer Woman’ at her home

One thing does get Drummond out of the house regularly, and that’s filming her Food Network massive hit show. However, she doesn’t have to go very far to do so. While she doesn’t film at home, her set is right on her home property at the Lodge on her ranch.

The Lodge is a guesthouse on the family’s ranch and the cooking show star said on her Pioneer Woman website: “when we filmed the pilot for my Food Network show back in 2011, I decided to do it there because I often used The Lodge kitchen for events and gatherings…and because my house was full of kids at the time!”


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