The boss running HGTV claimed that Fixer Upper was special because it was made special by husband and wife, Chip and Joanna Gaines.
In April 2018, Fixer Upper had its final run after five successful seasons. HGTV boss Kathleen Finch expressed that the network will truly miss the couple, as well as the high ratings they brought while the show was airing.
Finch said that she doesn’t expect any other version of the show where it will be hosted by a new couple.
She suggested that Fixer Upper was unique because of Chip and Joanna.
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Talking to The Wrap, Finch said, “What made the show special was Chip and Jo. I don’t see that we would ever make it with someone else.”
Finch opened up about the couple walking away from the show even though it showed promising ratings and success.
She exclaimed that the network never wanted them to leave since Chip and Jo were loved by HGTV, but she clarified that their exit was a decision made solely by the couple.
“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,” explained Finch.
Finch also acknowledged that the couple has a lot on their plate at the moment given that they recently welcomed their fifth child.
Aside from their family, the couple also has to manage their furniture line, their construction, design, publishing, and other businesses.
According to Finch, she had already anticipated the couple’s departure and added, “It was just too much for them to handle.”
As for the network’s future, the HGTV boss said that the end of Fixer Upper has paved the way for new, break-out shows like Restored by the Fords.
She said, “We have got so much great talent coming on board at HGTV. We’re in a great place.”