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Instances When HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines Faced Divorce Rumors

Instances When HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Faced Divorce Rumors

When Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that Season 5 of “Fixer Upper” would be the last, HGTV fans quickly speculated that a looming divorce was the reason behind what many felt was a premature end to the series. Both the Gaines family and their HGTV show were experiencing immense popularity when the announcement was made in September 2017. They were also expanding their Waco businesses, and “Fixer Upper” was averaging 16.6 million weekly viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, Chip and Joanna have spoken out about why they quit “Fixer Upper,” simultaneously shooting down divorce rumors while acknowledging the stress caused by their rapid growth in fame. “I’ll give them a little credence,” Chip told the “Today” show in 2017, referring to viewer speculation about the state of the Gaines marriage. “We didn’t want to push it, red line it, for so long that we woke up and realized, we are at a point of no return. So, we wanted to take a step back and focus on the thing that was absolutely the most important thing to us in the world.”

While fans were worried that the demise of “Fixer Upper” meant the demise of power couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, the HGTV stars reassured viewers of their commitment to one another. Though the stress of “Fixer Upper” had the potential to harm the duo’s relationship, their cultural impact has only grown since its end.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter