With his sense of humor and her gift for design, Chip and Joanna Gaines were a match made in HGTV heaven. And let’s be honest, it’s going to be pretty difficult to find another couple that’s more entertaining and talented than the pair—which is why the network has no plans to replace them
Despite Fixer Upper‘s incredible success and popularity, HGTV recently revealed they will not try to re-create the series or find a second husband-and-wife duo to take their roles. The news may come as a surprise to viewers who watch Flip or Flop and one of its five spinoffs, or Property Brothers and its counterpart Listed Sisters.
“What made the show special was Chip and Jo,” Kathleen Finch, the chief lifestyle brands officer for HGTV’s parent company Discovery Inc., told TheWrap. “I don’t see that we would ever make it with someone else.”
Despite the loss of their renovation power couple, the network seems more than supportive of the hosts’ decision. “Obviously, we didn’t want them to go because we love them,” Finch said. “[But] we’re never going to stand in the way of talent. We understand that when family calls we don’t want anybody to be unhappy in their job.” And between their five children and their Magnolia empire, Finch believes, “it was just too much for them to handle.”
But there’s still some hope for Fixer Upper fans. Not long after announcing their decision to end the series, the Gaineses told Today they would love to return to television down the road. “Would we go back and do this again? Absolutely. In a heartbeat,” Chip said.
And this past May, a fan pitched them an idea for a new series, and Chip seemed to warm to the concept. The show, dubbed “Renter Upper,” would showcase Chip and Jo as they help young folks spruce up their first post-college homes. Mr. Demo Day even replied to the fan via Twitter with “melike.”
Until their possible return, fans can look forward to Joanna’s new design book, out in November, or you can always binge reruns on HGTV.