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Fixer Upper became the most popular show in HGTV show in the history of the network for a multitude of reasons. One of the most beloved aspects of the show wasn’t the renovations, though. Fans absolutely loved getting to see Chip and Joanna Gaines plus their children on the family’s sprawling Waco farm.

Unlike some other HGTV hosts, the Gaineses seemed genuinely in love with each other and happy to be renovating homes together. Chip and Joanna were masterful at transforming the “worst house in the best neighborhood” into a total stunner. And, they made the whole thing a family affair.

Now fans are thrilled that Fixer Upper is coming back to television after a three year hiatus. But there might be one major change that viewers aren’t going to love.

Chip and Joanna Gaines didn’t expect to miss ‘Fixer Upper’

Chip and Joanna Gaines
Chip and Joanna Gaines | Brook Christopher/FilmMagic

The Gaineses didn’t expect to come back to television after announcing they were leaving to focus on quality family time. However, after developing several programs for their new Magnolia Network, the couple realized they wanted to get back to the show that made them famous.

“The day we wrapped our final episode of Fixer Upper, we really believed it was a chapter closed. We knew we needed a break and a moment to catch our breath. But we also knew we weren’t done dreaming about ways to make old things new again,” the Gaineses wrote in a statement.

They continued: “These past few years, we’ve continued tackling renovations and projects, doing the work we’re passionate about, but I don’t think either of us anticipated how the show would become such a permanent fixture in our hearts. We’ve missed sharing the stories of these families and their homes with you, and we’re excited to do that again very soon!”

Joanna Gaines said the kids won’t be involved in ‘Fixer Upper 2.0.’

The reboot of Fixer Upper will follow mostly the same format as the original. However, Joanna warned that her kids might not have so many cameos now that they’re getting older.

“We want to be smart when it comes to our kids,” the Fixer Upper star explained to People (via Fox News).

“When we first started the show, they were younger, and since they’re a part of so much of what we do, it was just organic to include them,” she continued.

“But toward the end, I started noticing, they don’t necessarily love this. Now, if they volunteer to be a part, we are more than happy, but we never want to just force it for a scene. They can make that choice. We’ll see as much of the kids as they want to give us.”

Fans are likely to accept whatever works best for the kids. But they’ll surely be disappointed not to see cute shots of the five Gaines kids enjoying the family farm.

The couple was a little ‘rusty’ getting back to filming


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After so many years off, Chip and Joanna joked that it was difficult getting back to filming.

“At first we were a little rusty,” the renovation queen told People. “Getting back on camera, it was like, ‘What? Where do we look? What do we do?’ But I think we’re starting to get the hang of it. It feels kind of like we dusted off our boots and this is Fixer 2.0.”

New episodes of Fixer Upper are slated to premiere with Magnolia Network in 2021.