Chip and Joanna Gaines Admit It ‘Wasn’t An Easy Decision’ to Cancel ‘Fixer Upper’

It’s been two years since Chip and Joanna Gaines decided to stop filming their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and fans still aren’t over it. Even though there are plenty of home renovation shows out there, and plenty of hosts vying to fill the hole Chip and Jo left behind, there was something truly special about Fixer Upper. That’s why reruns of the show are constantly playing on HGTV even now.

Besides explaining their reasoning behind quitting the show, Chip and Joanna Gaines have kept pretty quiet on how hard of a decision it was to stop filming — until now. In a recent interview, the Gaineses explained how hard it was to quit.

They also revealed that for a little while, they were afraid the whole Magnolia empire they built would fall apart.

Chip and Joanna Gaines
Chip and Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The decision to cancel ‘Fixer Upper’ wasn’t taken lightly

One of the reasons Chip and Joanna’s departure from HGTV was so shocking is because it happened when the couple was at the top of their game. Fixer Upper was the most popular show on the network, the Gaineses were being approached for multiple new partnerships and projects, and other than a few small snags, it seemed like everyone loved the Gaineses.

Chip and Joanna recently revealed how they really felt about the decision during an interview with Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist. And according to Chip, the choice they made “wasn’t an easy decision.”

“We wrestled with some counselors, for lack of a better term, that sort of helped us articulate, ‘Do we want to do this or not?’” Chip explained. “And I would say the outstanding majority of those people said, ‘When you turn that television show off, all of this other stuff will come crumbling down.’”

The Magnolia empire continues to thrive

That other stuff includes all of Chip and Joanna’s other projects, like their retail emporium Magnolia Market at the Silos, a restaurant, bakery, a bed and breakfast, a magazine (Magnolia Journal), and various partnerships with major retailers.

Clearly, the Gaineses had no reason to be worried. Their popularity stayed just as strong even after the Fixer Upper finale aired — if anything, they’re more popular now than they were two years ago.

“For that ironic and complete opposite reality to have occurred is a pretty powerful testimony to just be yourself, man,” Chip concluded.

And for everyone who was worried about never seeing Chip and Joanna’s fun antics on television, the announcement that they were starting their own television network was probably a huge relief.

Magnolia Network will recall the best parts of ‘Fixer Upper’

Though Chip and Joanna claim the original version of Fixer Upper won’t make a comeback on their new television network, we will get to see more glimpses into their lives in a more “holistic” way. And that’s just what fans want to see.

The new Magnolia network will air in summer 2020 and we can’t wait. Instead of Fixer Upper fading away, the Chip and Joanna Gaines fervor is just as strong as ever!