Chip and Joanna Gaines spoke out on Thursday morning to admit that they hit a “low point” after they left their hit show “Fixer Upper” back in 2017.
While appearing on the “Today” show to promote the launch of their new Magnolia Network, the Gaines’ confessed that they were not sure that they would continue on in show business once they left “Fixer Upper” after five seasons.
“Five seasons in, which really translates to six years of being on television or filming on top of our growing family and our business, I think we were just exhausted,” Joanna explained. “When you start getting in that rhythm of just doing and then you forget the why, which I think by Season 5 we were just showing up.”
“We both knew we needed to step back and just kind of evaluate what we were saying ‘yes to and the why,” she added. “So, we just said for a full year we’re going to not take any calls, just sit back, focus on the business, focus on home.”
Chip added that while it shocked fans that they would walk away from such a successful show, they had never intended to make a massive hit show in the first place. That’s why it was easy for them to walk away when the show stopped being fulfilling.
“Can you imagine somebody in law school wanting to be an attorney and then finding out as they’re taking the Bar, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this with my life,’ Well, you’ve committed to that place,” he said. “For us it was a little more like, ‘hey if this isn’t going to be our future, then let’s take a step back.’”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 15, 2021
Thankfully for fans of Chip and Joanna, their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more determined than ever to focus on a career in television again, according to Fox News. Their Magnolia Network launched today, and it includes tons of home renovation content that fans of the couple will love.
“Our intention with this network is to create and curate content that inspires, encourages, and helps to build bridges across our communities,” Chip and Joanna said in a statement. “We want honest, authentic programming that brings families together.”