Chip and Jo are saying it IS so:
This beloved couple has announced it will be ending Fixer Upper after five seasons.
Following bits of speculation over the future of their show, the Gaines confirmed via their official blog today that the most popular series on HGTV is coming to an end.
“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last,” Chip and Joanna said, adding:
“While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen.
“How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”
The parents of four went on to say their time on television has been “an amazing adventure,” as they’ve poured everything they have into this program.
Fixer Upper features Chip and Joanna helping clients find a home that needs a lot of renovation.
Chip is in charge of the construction, while Joanna takes lead on the interior design.
As is the case with so many real estate-themed shows, there’s some addictive about watching this makeover process play out… but it’s been the chemistry between Chip and Joanna that has resulted in such impressive ratings.
Explained the HGTV stars as part of their announcement:
“We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause. Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger.
“This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment.
“Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”
The couple has run into a handful of controversies of the years.
Toward the end of 2016, for example, Chip and Joanna were unfairly implicated in a scandal that centered on their pastor seemingly pushing for gay conversion therapy.
A few months later, Chip was accused of fraud by his former business partners.
Then, just recently, a few Christians somehow gave the Gaines grief for agreeing on a deal with Target because that company has spoken out in favor of transgender rights.
Despite some of these hiccups, Fixer Upper has remained the most-watched show on HGTV.
As you can see by some of these responses, not every viewer is taking this news well:
Concludes Chip and Joanna on their blog:
“We will forever be thankful for HGTV and this opportunity of a lifetime.
“We are also thankful to our production company, Highnoon Entertainment and our amazing producers and crew on the ground here in Waco. We are grateful for them and for you. Thank you for sharing life with us and for the continued support.
“Thank you for having our backs!
“Thank you for caring about these homes and these families and the things that we care so much about.”
We’d say a few words ourselves, but we’re having some trouble keeping it together here.
Please talk amongst yourselves until we calm down.