Fixer Upper, HGTV’s hit renovation show starring Chip and Joanna Gaines and their penchant for shiplap, is ending after its upcoming fifth season, which premieres in November. The couple announced the news on their website on Tuesday.
“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last,” the Gaineses wrote, explaining that the decision “has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.”
Like a crooked picture frame in a house Joanna just decorated, the mention of a “fraudulent skincare line” sticks out like a sore thumb; it’s a reference to recent rumors that Joanna was leaving Fixer Upper to launch a beauty line. Meanwhile, the nod to “anything else you’ll inevitably read” may be a reference to the Gaineses’ connection to an anti-gay controversy that made headlines last year, when it was found out that the couple’s pastor advocated for conversion therapy and was against same-sex marriage.
Both Fixer Upper and the Gaineses are major assets for HGTV, which makes their show’s abrupt retirement a surprise. Not only is the show a ratings juggernaut, but the couple has found plenty of mainstream success outside of it; their book, The Magnolia Story, was a best-seller, and last year the couple opened a bakery.
However, the Gaineses stated in their announcement that even though Fixer Upper is ending, many of their other business projects will continue.
“Though our Fixer Upper chapter is coming to a close, we aren’t done with Waco. We aren’t done renovating homes,” they wrote. “We aren’t done designing things to make your home your favorite place on earth. We aren’t done working towards restoration in all things or helping out those who could use a hand. In fact, in all of these of things, we are just getting started.”
The show’s fifth and final season begins in November.