It’s sad, but true:
Following various rumors along these lines over the past few months, Chip and Joanna Gaines issued a joint statement on Monday in which they broke the hearts of HGTV viewers around the nation.
The beloved couple confirmed that the highest-rated show on the aforementioned cable network will wrap up for good after Season 5.
Because of some kind of scandal? Because they have other projects in the works? No, not really.
“This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read,” Chip and Joanna wrote, trying to get ahead of the rumor mill.
“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.”
We’ll miss Chip and Joanna a ton. But we respect that decision.
And we’re comforted by Joanna’s Instagram update, in which she assures fans that plenty of solid television awaits.
“Thank you all for watching, caring and cheering us on these past few years,” she wrote shortly after making the above announcement.
Joanna went on to add:
“We are overwhelmed by your support and your kindness. You have become a part of our story forever.
“Season 5 of Fixer Upper is scheduled to start airing in November and we really have saved the best for last!”
Chip and Joanna are located in Waco, Texas.
They have four kids and a chemistry that is nearly unmatched on the small screen; it’s been the main reason for their success over the years.
On Fixer Upper, the couple helps clients select a new home, followed by Chip leading a renovation team and then Joanna leading an interior design team to improve said new home in a myriad of ways.
It premiered in May of 2013.
The couple’s growing portfolio of successful businesses, meanwhile, includes:
- Retail compound Magnolia Market at the Silos, which draws up to 40,000 visitors every week).
- Paint, rug, wallpaper and furniture lines.
- A quarterly magazine
- A real estate company.
- A luxury vacation rental.
- A soon-to-open restaurant.
- A New York Times bestselling book, with a second, “Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff,” due out October 17.
In other words: Chip and Joanna are doing VERY well for themselves.
This is how they concluded their end-of-show-confirmation blog entry yesterday morning:
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.
Even that wasn’t enough, though. This was their final line:
Really, from the bottom of our hearts,thank you.