Fans of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper were sad to learn that the upcoming fifth season would also be its last. Host Joanna Gaines explained in a blog post that she and husband/co-host Chip needed to “catch [their] breath” for a while, and thanked fans for their support, writing, “Our family has grown up alongside yours.” Now, the stars are opening up about the reaction the news has received, and it’s making us a little misty.
“Thank you all for watching, caring, and cheering us on these past few years,” Joanna wrote alongside an Instagram pic of her and Chip. “We are overwhelmed by your support and your kindness. You have become a part of our story forever.” She ended the sweet note with the promise that they “really have saved the best for last!”
Chip shared the emotional sentiment, admitting to People that they have “shed tears — and I mean ugly tears.” He added, though, that they’ve also shared laughs over the bittersweet decision. “All of a sudden the tears dry up and we get a little giddy.”
In the original announcement, Chip and Joanna said that ending the show is “the right [decision] for their family at this time,” and that they’re looking forward to spending more time with each other and their four children: Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, nine, and Emmie Kay, seven.
And while they’ll certainly miss the show, they tell People that they’re looking ahead, not back. “We’re excited about the future,” Chip says. “I hope that every new season and situation of life changes me.”
The last season of Fixer Upper is scheduled to start airing on HGTV in November 2017.
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