Guys, I am shook. Two of the world’s favorite humans, Chip and Joanna Gaines, took to their blog this morning to make an announcement that I honestly was not prepared for: Their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper will be ending after its fifth season this fall. ($!@#%$#%&?!)
“It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last,” the couple shared in their blog. “While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”
To be honest, I hadn’t even considered this possibility. I mean, Fixer Upper has become a national treasure in the last five years since it launched. Naturally, I expected it to be around forever. It has led most of us to contemplate whether or not we should put in that kitchen island after all, and redo the living room in shiplap ourselves — despite having zero renovation skills whatsoever. We have wondered aloud whether we should just pack our bags and move to Waco and live off the land with a bunch of chickens and a garden, even though we can’t seem to keep a simple basil plant alive. We have fallen in love with Chip’s goofy humor and his impressive ability to swing a sledge hammer all day long in the blazing Texas heat. We have reexamined our own relationships when seeing the way those two love each other, because man do they have a special kind of love.
OMG CHIP AND JO, HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US?! WE HAD A GOOD THING GOING.
That’s not to say the couple won’t be keeping busy off-camera, of course. Aside from raising four kids and running their brand Magnolia, the news comes just weeks after hearing that the couple teamed up with Target to launch an affordable home decor line called Hearth & Hand.
But STILL — does this really mean we’ll never again hear Chip get giddy over Demo Day? Or watch Jo work her magic on a dilapidated old barn? Or have our mouths drop in awe when the giant “before” photos are removed for the final reveal?
Sigh. I have a serious case of the sads and I am not sure what will cure it.
It’s also pretty clear from Twitter that I’m not alone in my depression …
In case you’re still wringing your hands over why it all has to come to an end, the couple shared that their decision is largely about taking a much-needed break after what has likely been the busiest five years of their lives.
“This has been an amazing adventure,” they write in their blog. “We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show. We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause. Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger. This 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.”
Okay, that all sounds very reasonable and rational and whatnot, but I’m still going to be in some serious Fixer Upper withdrawal for the foreseeable future. Guess I’ll have to soothe my sorrows by binge-watching the last four seasons on Netflix …