Have you heard the news? According to the Magnolia blog, season 5 of Fixer Upper will be its last:
“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last. 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.”
So, why the change?
They want to keep their family out of the spotlight.
The couple has four children, all under the age of 13. In order for Drake, Ella, Duke and Emmie Kay to have a ‘normal’ childhood and adequate attention from their parents, the decision to end the show had to be made. Joanna told People, “They’re so young, and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood. Family is the most important thing in the world.”
Many of their homes have been turned into a money-making scheme.
Due to the show’s immense popularity, some of the Fixer Upper homeowners have taken to renting out their properties to make a quick buck. Ideally, this is not what Chip and Jo had in mind. A spokesman for Magnolia issued a statement and explained that they prefer the clients live in the homes, “That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. We are going to do our best to protect that moving forward.”
They have a lot going on.
Along with starring in a reality television show, Chip and Jo also own Magnolia Market at the Silos (an attraction that draws 40,000 fans weekly), a real estate company, vacation rental properties, a bakery and restaurant, a line of paint and a farm at home. Not to mention, the Gaines recently announced that they will be launching a line of home goods at Target.
Although our hearts are crushed at the ending of Fixer Upper, we can’t help but wonder what exciting adventure the Gaines family will take on next.