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Sorry, shiplap-lovers: Fixer Upper is ending

Photo: HGTV
Photo: HGTV

Hold on to your open-concept kitchen counters, HGTV fans: Chip and Joanna Gaines have announced they’ll be ending Fixer Upper after the show’s upcoming fifth season. The couple says they’re walking away from the show in order to “catch [their] breath for a moment.” They say they’ll use the non-TV 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.” Given what we know about the Gaines clan, all that resting and strengthening will certainly take place in cottage-style white rooms with shiplap walls, barn doors, and a few artfully-cut metal words like “family” and “peace” hung tastefully on the walls.

It’s worth noting that, at this juncture, the Gaines family surely doesn’t need HGTV as much as the network needs the Gaines family. The couple’s Waco, Texas businesses draw 40,000 visitors a week and have single-handedly turned around tourism in the town, and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Homes brand makes paint, rugs, furniture, and wallpaper for the mass market. She’ll even be bringing her brand to Target this November. The couple has also published several books as well as a quarterly magazine, and owns a real estate company, a bed and breakfast, a restaurant, and a luxury vacation rental business.

In other words, weep not for Fixer Upper, because it’s a fair bet you’ll be seeing the charmingly folksy Gaines family on television—and on your retail shelves—for years to come.


Fixer Upper season five should premiere sometime later this fall.

[via People]

Marah Eakin is the Executive Producer of all A.V. Club Video And Podcasts. She is also a Cleveland native and heiress to the country's largest collection of antique and unique bedpans and urinals.

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