The Real Reason Why Chip And Joanna Gaines Quit Fixer Upper
Chip And Joanna Say Security Concerns Aren't To Blame For 'Fixer Upper' Ending
Chip and Joanna Gaines are shutting down rumors that concerns about their children's safety are the real reason they will no longer film another season ofFixer Upper. A recent report claimed that the couple decided to quit their HGTV show because they were afraid their four children—Drake, Ella Rose, Duke, and Emmie Kay—were overly exposed to the public. "People drive by and like to take pictures in front of their house [presenting] a security issue," an anonymous source said. But the Gaineses say that's not the case.
"Chip and Jo's decision to leaveFixer Upperis 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," a rep for the couple toldEntertainment Tonight. "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."
This is not the first time that Chip and Joanna have had to respond to false reports that a scandal was the deciding factor in the decision to end the show. In a September 26 blog post on their website titled "Our Last Season," the couple cleared up a few of those rumors.
"Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger," the Gaines said. "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."
A spokesperson for HGTV told CountryLiving.com that the network is happy to support the Gaines family's choice to focus more on each other and not a television show. "We understand their decision to spend more time with their family," the spokesperson said. "Like all of their fans, we want only the best for them and they know they will always have a home at HGTV."
The final season ofFixer Upperis scheduled to start airing in November on HGTV.
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