Is ‘Fixer Upper’ Over Forever? Everything You Need to Know About Your Favorite HGTV Show
If you love Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you’re probably wondering: Is Fixer Upper over forever? You may just be in denial about the end of your favorite show — something that happens to the best of us. But you aren’t the only one wondering whether Fixer Upper is really gone for good. (Or hoping that the hit HGTV show could come back someday.)
Is Fixer Upper over forever? Read on to discover everything that Chip and Joanna Gaines have said about the matter.
Chip and Joanna Gaines ended Fixer Upper after five seasons
As fans know, Chip and Joanna Gaines ended Fixer Upper after five seasons. They bid the HGTV show an emotional farewell in April 2018. CNN reported that when the finale aired, Chip tweeted, “Jo and I can’t believe we’re watching the last episode of #FixerUpper. Who’s watching with us?” According to CNN, “Fans have been dreading the day since the pair announced last September that they were quitting the show.” Chip and Joanna wrote in a blog post about the decision to step away from the show to focus on their family (and businesses):
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.
There won’t be more episodes of Fixer Upper
Is Fixer Upper over forever (and for real)? It appears so. Romper reports that Chip and Joanna Gaines said as much in the same blog post where the couple talked about their decision to step away from the show. They wrote to fans, “Though our Fixer Upper chapter is coming to a close, we aren’t done with Waco. We aren’t done renovating homes. We aren’t done designing things to make your home your favorite place on earth.”
The couple promised to “stay in touch.” But it doesn’t sound like they plan to film any more episodes of Fixer Upper. Fortunately, however, Chip and Joanna Gaines aren’t really leaving HGTV. (Even if Fixer Upper is over.) And Ringer reports that as the “series finale drew closer, HGTV seemed reticent to publicize it as anything other than the conclusion of a given season — which suggests a bit of hope that this isn’t really the end.”
Chip and Joanna aren’t leaving HGTV just yet
It seems that the answer to the perennial question, “Is Fixer Upper over?” is a definite yes. But as Romper points out, Chip and Joanna Gaines haven’t really left HGTV. They star in a new spinoff series, Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. HGTV characterizes Behind the Design as a companion series to the original Fixer Upper.
On the show, the Gaineses share “details on the design strategies, decorating and staging that go into the home-makeovers featured in the main series.” The spinoff series began airing in April 2018, shortly after the series finale of Fixer Upper. Each episode airs immediately after a rerun of the corresponding Fixer Upper episode. And it shows you everything you didn’t see behind the scenes of the original show. In fact, Bustle reports that the spinoff features footage that didn’t make it into the original Fixer Upper episodes.
And fans want to think the show could eventually get rebooted
Ask Chip and Joanna Gaines “Is Fixer Upper over,” and they’d probably say yes. But fans hold out hope that HGTV could eventually reboot the series. After all, maybe Chip and Joanna just want a better offer from HGTV. Romper reports, “These days everything is getting rebooted. So perhaps if you’re very patient the show will pick up again in ten years or so when television viewers, in general, suffer another fit of nostalgia.”
Things might also change for the Gaineses. They just added a fifth child to their family. And they have their hands full with Magnolia Market, Magnolia Table, Magnolia Magazine, Magnolia Realty, and their many product lines. Bustle notes, “The bottom line is that even if Chip and Joanna wanted to step back in front of the camera for a weekly show, they probably wouldn’t have time to do so right now.” But maybe that could change in the future.
Chip and Joanna might be eyeing a show elsewhere
Vanity Fair gave hope to Fixer Upper fans everywhere by reporting late in 2017 that Chip and Joanna Gaines were considering a return to TV with a new network. The couple reportedly met with at least one outlet to pitch a new series. However, Vanity Fair reports that it remained unclear whether the couple wanted to pursue a full TV show or a one-off special.
The publication also implied that some disagreements might have played a role in the end of Fixer Upper. HGTV didn’t want to let the couple show their own products on Fixer Upper. The reason why? They didn’t have a specific deal with Scripps to do so. Plus, the Gaineses reportedly had another issue with their contract with the Scripps Network. That contract might limit them from pursuing a TV series elsewhere. That could be bad news for Fixer Upper fans everywhere.
Plus, they haven’t ruled out the possibility of another show
Despite the specifics of their contract, it sounds like Chip and Joanna Gaines haven’t ruled out the possibility of another show. People reported that according to Joanna, the couple could make a return to the small screen at some point.
“It isn’t inconceivable,” Joanna told the publication late in 2017. “We’re entrepreneurs at heart, so we’ll always be looking forward to what’s next. As it relates to TV, you just never know.” And Chip weighed in, too. He said, “I’ve always laughed about the concept of normal, and I’ve never wanted to live anything that even resembled a normal life. So if we go back to normal and normal is no fun, well then I’ll probably try to find me a television show and see if I get back on.”
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