The news came as a shock to many fans a few weeks ago when the likeable couple with a hit show on HGTV announced the upcoming season of “Fixer Upper” would be their last. Now, they’re opening up about why they’re ending the show’s run in the height of their career.
While they’re leaving their options open, Joanna says, “We really want to focus on this break and take a step back to let this all soak in. Regardless of what the future holds, we are hopeful for what God has for us and our family in this next season.”
The couple, who started the show back in 2013 say they’re exhausted from shooting 11 months out of the year. Chip said no one ever told them that was unusual or even a bit irrational. They say that schedule, with their four kids, is just not sustainable.
Chip added, “I realized the show was demanding time from me and I needed to be giving it to our business, to our relationship and my family. How far can you push it before something really does break down? And that’s kind of where we landed.”
They say no matter how much the show means to them, it isn’t worth risking their family. Chip said, “Jo and I don’t want to find ourselves years from now realizing there were warning signs letting us know we were exhausted. We would rather stop here, where we still feel we’re in a really good place.”