Chances are that you’ve seen the show Fixer Upper since HGTV plays it on a loop. And chances are your parents now believe they are top notch contractors and interior designers simply from watching a ton of episodes of Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines doing their thing. But it is not all good, at least according to a source that has revealed Chip’s true feelings about the show that made him crazy rich.
Just a few weeks after Chip admitted to Cowboys & Indians magazine that he “felt caged, trapped” on his show, a source told In Touch Weekly that now that “their contract is up, [Chip] isn’t holding back.” Chip, 44, and Joanna, 40, were reportedly seeking more control of their show. The source explained, “After years of hard work building the brand, the last thing they need is studio execs jeopardizing the future of the company.”
But that wasn’t the only thing that bothered the pair. The source added that one of the things that Chip “disliked the most about Fixer Upper was that a lot of the show was staged. He wants fans to see the real Chip and Joanna.” And here we were thinking that this reality show was not staged at all. Shame on us.
The source also said, “Chip and Jo will always be grateful to HGTV, but things will be run very differently when they’re in charge [with their own network].” Someone tell Chip that the foundation of reality television is drama. We need it. Just ask Tarek and Christina El Moussa from Flip or Flop (another show your parents are probably all about).
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Chip has commented on how legit his show is, as in the same interview with Cowboys & Indians Chip said, “I’m an authentic, sincere person. So, as long as things are natural and organic, I’m in my element… But it’s like if I put a camera in your face and said, ‘Hey, say something funny.’ Or if I put a camera in your face and said, ‘Hey, be smart.’ I just struggled with that environment.”
Well, at least we will always have the reruns. And if not, we can take solace in the fact that Property Brothers will be on that network for the rest of our lives.