The world is still mourning the news that Fixer Upper, HGTV’s best rated and arguably most beloved show of all time, is going off the air after Season 5.
Fans have been speculating over the cause of Chip and Jo leaving the show when they’re still at the top of their game: Is it because they need to “catch their breath for a moment,” as they publicly stated in their blog? Or could it be that contract negotiations with the network left them with a sour taste, as some sources have been speculating? Let’s take a closer look at the reasons, including a tweet that one fan sent (No. 5).
1. Chip and Jo are just plain tired
It’s probably a combination of several factors, but there’s no doubt fatigue from running so many simultaneous businesses is a huge part of the problem. In a recent interview, Chip revealed a few private reasons for their abrupt departure.
Next: A tell-all book helps explain why.
2. Chip tells all in his new book
I loved your feedback about the book covers. You know how sometimes you need to hear other opinions to know how you really feel about something? In the very end, when I weighed all the opinions, it was clear which cover felt most like me. In a world where so much feels photoshopped and staged, I really wanted the cover to be authentic and raw. This candid, spur-of-the-moment photo was snapped on the way to the actual photoshoot and I just loved that. Means the world to me that you all chimed in. It wasn't for nothing. I hope you really enjoy the book! #CapitalGaines
Chip Gaines has been all over the place lately on a whirlwind book tour to promote his new book, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. The book gives frank details about Chip’s professional and personal life, including an entire chapter on why he and Joanna chose to leave the show.
Next: Chip doesn’t mind being crazy.
3. He doesn’t mind if you call him crazy
Many have criticized Chip for being a total goofball, but underneath his fun-loving exterior, he actually has some wise advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. His success can be attributed to his unpredictability and unwillingness to just go with the flow. And he’s certainly not the first entrepreneur to be called crazy for doing so.
Next: Sometimes you just have to turn down projects.
4. It was time to say ‘no’
This guy right here… I get to live life with him. I get to hear his thoughts and benefit from his wisdom and encouragement on a daily basis. The reason I am who I am today is because Chip pushed me to go for it. People think of him as a jokester, and he is. It’s a huge part of why I fell in love with him in the first place. But he is so much more than that. He is the ultimate cheerleader, coach and dream maker. I am so thrilled that his book releases today mostly because I believe it holds truth that the world is in desperate need of. I am always proud to be Chip’s wife but today more than ever. I know this book was a true labor of love. Well done, Chip Carter Gaines! #CapitalGaines @chipgaines
The Gaines’ found themselves saying yes to a lot of projects simultaneously: The show, the store, their book, their real estate company, and, oh yeah, the family they were trying to raise. It became unsustainable to keep doing all those things well. (Unless they somehow figured out how to add more hours into a day, of course.)
Next: This tweet sealed the deal.
5. The tweet that sealed the deal
The tweet that cemented their decision to leave the show arrived at 2 a.m. It said, “Hey @chippergaines it’s been 3 weeks, and I still haven’t gotten my wreath. What’s up?!” That quick reminder from a customer made Chip realize that he’d been trying to do too much for too long. He had finally reached a breaking point.
In Chip’s own words, “A simple tweet about a late order from our online store was all it took for me to realize that I needed to recalibrate,” he says. “That tweet-fueled revelation also brought me to realize that Jo and I are tired.”
Next: Their future was at stake.
6. The future of their marriage was at stake
Now the couple says they’ve committed to taking care of their family and focusing on running the store, which draws crowds of up to 25,000 people per week. Also, rumors about their marriage have been circulating for months. But Chip finally addressed them in a TV interview on October 17.
“Look, I’ll give [the rumors] a little credence,” Chip said. “For us, the most important thing in the world is Jo and I’s relationship, followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids [of ours]. We didn’t want to push it, to redline it for so long that we woke up and realized we are at a point of no return. We wanted to take a step back and focus on what is absolutely the most important thing to us.”
Next: The tweet was only part of the wake-up call.
7. Don’t blame Twitter
It wasn’t really the tweet that ended things, but the tweet was a wake up call. No one can keep up the insane pace that Chip and Joanna were running on for very long without breaking. Something had to give — and unfortunately for loyal viewers across the nation, they chose to end the show.
Now we’ll all have to figure out other ways of keeping up with Chip and Jo — like maybe a trip to Waco, Texas?
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