After five seasons, Fixer Upper, the HGTV show that made stars out of Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, ended, and with that, it threw the future plans for the pair into the air. But don’t expect them to be too much in the public eye for now.
Jimmy Don Holmes from JDH Iron Designs, who worked with the couple on their hugely successful show, exclusively revealed to Closer Weekly that Chip, 44, and Joanna, 40, want to stay on the private route at the moment. “They’re laying low and staying low-key,” Jimmy said. “I saw them drive by this morning. They tend to stop by the Magnolia Headquarters occasionally and deal with their businesses in town in Waco, [TX]. They don’t visit the headquarters too much because they spend the majority of their time tending to family matters and spending more time at home.”
Chip and Joanna, who announced last November that they will be starting their own cable network in the future, don’t sound like they’re rushing to get that off the ground quite yet. Jimmy revealed, “There haven’t been camera crews in town. As far as I know, there’s no filming going on at the moment. I usually know things and, as of right now, I do not know when they’re launching their network.” Jimmy continued, “I’m always doing new projects for them for the Magnolia Market. I’m going to have a second showroom in the spring. We’re selling out of a fancy trailer at the moment and have a pop-up shop. I’ve also been doing meet-and-greets from fans who’ve seen me on Fixer Upper… If the Gaineses were to ask me to have a show on their network, I’d jump right on it and have fun with it. I’m not going to ask for it though.”
It’s no surprise that the couple is said to be focusing more on their family, especially since they have always been about their kids. The pair is parents to Drake, 13, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, Emmie Kay, 8, and 7-month-old Crew. Jimmy commented on his friends’ love of their family. “They’re amazing as parents — just like his parents and her parents,” he said. “They’re so good with the kids! I feel like a better person because I got to know the Gaines and their parents — they’re all kind people.”
They may be laying low now, but we do know when Chip and Joanna choose to return to television there will be plenty of people ready to watch them once again.