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The 1 Thing a Fan Said That Made Chip Gaines Call It Quits on ‘Fixer Upper’

The world is still mourning the news that Fixer Upper, HGTV’s best rated and arguably most beloved show of all time, is going off the air after Season 5.

Fans have been speculating over the cause of Chip and Jo leaving the show when they’re still at the top of their game: Is it because they need to “catch their breath for a moment,” as they publicly stated in their blog? Or could it be that contract negotiations with the network left them with a sour taste, as some sources have been speculating?

1. Chip and Jo are just plain tired

What a ride…BUT #season5IScoming #onelasthoorah [Watch the full video at link in profile]

A post shared by Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) on

It’s probably a combination of several factors, but there’s no doubt fatigue from running so many simultaneous businesses is a huge part of the problem. In a recent interview, Chip revealed a few private reasons for their abrupt departure, along with a single tweet that proved it was time to go.

2. Chip tells all in his new book

Chip Gaines has been all over the place lately on a whirlwind book tour to promote his new book, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. The book gives frank details about Chip’s professional and personal life, including an entire chapter on why he and Joanna chose to leave the show.

3. He doesn’t mind if you call him crazy

That kookiness is what has made him successful. | HGTV

Many have criticized Chip for being a total goofball, but underneath his fun-loving exterior, he actually has some wise advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. His success can be attributed to his unpredictability and unwillingness to just go with the flow. And he’s certainly not the first entrepreneur to be called crazy for doing so.

4. It was time to say ‘no’

The Gaines’ found themselves saying yes to a lot of projects simultaneously: The show, the store, their book, their real estate company, and, oh yeah, the family they were trying to raise. It became unsustainable to keep doing all those things well. (Unless they somehow figured out how to add more hours into a day, of course.)

5. The tweet that sealed the deal

Chip Gaines on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

He felt overwhelmed. | HGTV

The tweet that cemented their decision to leave the show arrived at 2 a.m. It said, “Hey @chippergaines it’s been 3 weeks, and I still haven’t gotten my wreath. What’s up?!” That quick reminder from a customer made Chip realize that he’d been trying to do too much for too long. He had finally reached a breaking point.

In Chip’s own words, “A simple tweet about a late order from our online store was all it took for me to realize that I needed to recalibrate,” he says. “That tweet-fueled revelation also brought me to realize that Jo and I are tired.”

6. The future of their marriage was at stake

Designers Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this kitchen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Chip made it clear their marriage comes first. | HGTV

Now the couple says they’ve committed to taking care of their family and focusing on running the store, which draws crowds of up to 25,000 people per week. Also, rumors about their marriage have been circulating for months. But Chip finally addressed them in a TV interview on October 17.

“Look, I’ll give [the rumors] a little credence,” Chip said. “For us, the most important thing in the world is Jo and I’s relationship, followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids [of ours]. We didn’t want to push it, to redline it for so long that we woke up and realized we are at a point of no return. We wanted to take a step back and focus on what is absolutely the most important thing to us.”

7. Don’t blame Twitter

@U2 tonight – I have a feeling this is going to be a good one. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017

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It wasn’t really the tweet that ended things, but the tweet was a wake up call. No one can keep up the insane pace that Chip and Joanna were running on for very long without breaking. Something had to give — and unfortunately for loyal viewers across the nation, they chose to end the show.

Now we’ll all have to figure out other ways of keeping up with Chip and Jo — like maybe a trip to Waco, Texas?

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