Two weeks ago, Chip and Joanna Gaines announced some shocking news to fans all across the nation: their hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper” would be ending — and soon.
According to the duo, just one more season remains until they hang up their filming hats to focus on their growing businesses and, well, growing children:
— Chip Gaines (@ChipGaines) September 26, 2017
The show first graced TV screens in 2013, and since then, fans have continued to fall more and more in love with the couple’s Southern-chic style.
Naturally, at the news of “Fixer Upper’s” impending end, fans were beside themselves. Thankfully, however, they weren’t alone in their sadness — the Gaines’s announced that despite making the decision, the end of their TV career has been hard on them, too:
“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.”
But just because the split has been amicable doesn’t mean it’s been clean.
Just several days ago, Chip and Joanna’s rep had to clear the air with “Entertainment Tonight” when it came to multiple rumors flying around — one of which dealt with the safety of their own children. According to the rep, the “Fixer Upper” stars didn’t decide to leave HGTV because of any safety concerns, saying [emphasis added]:
“Chip and Jo’s decision to leave Fixer Upper is truly just based on wanting to catch their breath for a minute; to rest, refresh, and spend even more time with their family and growing businesses. It is not based on concerns for their family’s safety or anything else people might read. They were very open and honest about their reasoning behind this decision when they first shared the announcement.”
On that note, Chip clued in readers to the exact moment he knew something had to give in his new book, “Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff.” According to Business Insider, it all started with one tweet:
Hey @chippergaines, It’s been 3 weeks, and I still haven’t gotten my wreath. What’s up?!
Chip wrote that despite his efforts, he couldn’t sleep knowing there was work to be done — especially since he’d be occupied filming the entire next day:
I tried to shake it off, knowing that I couldn’t do anything about it then and that it would have to wait until morning. No luck. I was up all night dwelling on it.
He wrote that while he was on the set of “Fixer Upper” the next day, he became “overwhelmed” with the thought of “What am I doing here?”joannagaines/Instagram
From then, he said it was just a matter of time, writing:
… something shifted within me. Suddenly filming the TV show looked like “the job” that had seduced me into giving it my precious time that I had always promised would be reserved for my true loves, my family and my business. How had this side gig found its way to competing with the very things that mean more to me than anything else in the world?
Though he clarified that he and Joanna were still going strong, he was worried what the future might look like if they kept up their insane schedule for much longer:
… but pure long-term exhaustion can change a person — or two persons. We had been driving so hard for so long now. And I had this sense that if I kept my foot on the gas, we might be headed for disaster.
Clearly, their decision was a tough one, but judging by their collective statements, it was also the right one. The only question that remains is how long will it take for fans to recover from not only the void “Fixer Upper” will leave, but Chip and Joanna’s genuine, quirky love.