Why ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars Chip And Joanna Gaines Were Hanging Out With A ‘NCIS’ Star May Surprise You

Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines were just spotted hanging out with an actor from NCIS: Los Angeles Eric Christian Olsen, who plays the part of Marty Deeks on the hit show, shared a photo of himself posing alongside the former HGTV stars. Fans of both shows were obviously thrilled by the photo op, but why were Chip and Joanna hanging out with Olsen in the first place?

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines
Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines | Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic

Chip and Joanna spend time at Harvard

Chip and Joanna’s encounter with Olsen was not by chance. The three are attending a class at Harvard University’s Business of Entertainment and took some time to snap a quick photo outside of the classroom.

Apart from Olsen, the photo also featured NBA stars Kevin Love and Julius Randle, Ciara, and Oliver Kahn. Professor Anita Elberse is teaching the course, and, based on the caption, it is pretty clear that Chip and Eric developed a quick bond.

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Leave it to @chipgaines and I to be the only guys at @harvardhbs wearing baseball caps. You can take the boys out of the wild, but U can't take the wild out of the boys. The learning NEVER stops. 10,000 thanks you's to @anitaelberse for being my Yoda and believing in me. Take the adventure! #Repost @anitaelberse with @get_repost ・・・ Boooom!!! We’re at it again with the “Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports” (#BEMS) program! As always, the class includes a number of people with careers that stand out even from the accomplished executives that normally fill our classrooms… Collectively, this group alone has won an NBA Championship , Olympic Gold medal , UEFA Champions League trophy, Golden Ball and Golden Glove award, and scored 5 World Cup Goals in total across three consecutive World Cups ⚽️; received 2 ESPYs, 10 All League Teams, 2 McDonald’s All-American, and 5 All-Star selections; made 5 NCAA Final Four appearances, played 220 national-team games , won 1 Grammy and 2 MTV Music Video Awards ; starred in 300 television episodes , solving countless (fictional) crimes and surprising nearly 80 couples with a beautifully renovated home (involving as many demo days and an estimated 700 tons of shiplap ); and even has a royal title (that’s right — we have a real prince in the house! ) So inspiring that even for these superstars, the learning never stops—and amazing that they chose to join us at @HarvardHBS this week. #Harvard #BEMS #crushingit @lifeatHBS ( by the equally amazing @evephoto)

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“Leave it to [Chip Gaines] and I to be the only guys at [Harvard Business School] wearing baseball caps,” Olsen captioned the photo. “You can take the boys out of the wild, but U can’t take the wild out of the boys.”

Chip and Joanna finished the program this year and later opened up about the experience on social media. The Fixer Upper stars were thrilled to have been a part of the program and had nothing but good things to say about their fellow classmates. Joanna praised their instructor, Elberse, for being such a good leader and teaching her things about the entertainment business. She also joked about voting for Chip, who rocked a Harvard sweater for most of the pics, as class president.

Joanna later shared a group shot of the entire class, which included quite a surprising number of celebrities.

Chip and Joanna celebrate 16 years

In addition to graduating from Harvard’s entertainment program, Chip and Joanna recently celebrated 16 years together. In honor of the milestone, Joanna took to social media with a heartfelt note to her husband. Although the two have accomplished so many things together, Joanna admitted that it feels like their journey is only just beginning. Given everything they have done over the past year, Joanna might be on to something.

According to USA Today, Chip and Joanna just started their long-term plan to launch a network with Discovery. The network will feature a slew of shows and is expected to launch sometime in 2020. While they are hard at work managing their new network, Time Magazine named them one of the 100 most influential people of 2018.

The pair also welcomed a new member to their family. A few months ago, Joanna gave birth to her fifth child with Chip, a boy named Crew. Chip and Joanna share four other kids: Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie.

Chip and Joanna may be just getting started, but there is no arguing that they have already accomplished so much.

Inside Chip and Joanna’s new project

Chip and Joanna rose to fame starring on the hit HGTV series Fixer Upper. The couple surprisingly called it quits, however, in 2018 after five seasons on the network. Chip and Joanna said they wanted to spend more time with their family, though it did not take long before they took on another big project. In fact, a few months after the conclusion of their show, the pair announced their new partnership with Discovery.

The new network is expected to kick off next summer and will serve as a replacement for Discovery’s current DIY network. The channel will include a number of different shows and will feature a version of the couple’s Magnolia brand. The two are also looking to launch a website for the channel, as well as a streaming app.

Chip and Joanna are expected to star in their very own show on the network, though details of which are being kept tightly under wraps. Given how well Chip and Christian hit it off, perhaps he will get a chance to make a guest appearance on their new show.

Apart from their television ventures, Chip and Joanna manage a variety of businesses inside their hometown of Waco, Texas. This includes a baking company, a restaurant, and a coffee shop. They also have their own line of merchandise that is tied to their Magnolia brand.