Chip Gaines Opens Up on Feeling ‘Trapped’ on “Fixer Upper”


Though Chip and Joanna Gaines are a household name today, there was a time when the two were just getting their start on HGTV through their hit show, “Fixer Upper.”

The Gaines‘ have been taking a hiatus from TV after leaving “Fixer Upper,” a decision that left fans upset and longing for more of their favorite renovation duo. Luckily, Chip and Joanna have now announced that they will return to TV via their own network— but not without taking some lessons with them that they’ve learned along the way.

“TV was a funny thing for me,” Chip said in an interview with Cowboys & Indians. “I’m an authentic, sincere person. So, as long as things are natural and organic, I’m in my element.”

He went on to say that, while he has nothing but fond memories of his time on “Fixer Upper,” there was a period where he began to feel “trapped.”

“But the more staged something becomes, or the more required something becomes, it boxes me up, and I felt like toward the end of the Fixer Upper journey, I felt caged, trapped,” he said. “But it’s like if I put a camera in your face and said, “Hey, say something funny.” Or if I put a camera in your face and said, “Hey, be smart.” I just struggled with that environment. Especially at the end of it.”

Chip says he and Joanna have been immensely enjoying their time off of TV as they welcomed their fifth child, Crew, into the world in June.

“Something about breaking out of that has been liberating,” he said. “Jo and I are both just kinda giddy, just like, Man, what’s the future look like and what’s the next step? Because we’re both business people, and that’s fundamentally who we are.”

Chip let the news slip that he and Joanna were working on getting their own TV network during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

Magnolia brands later confirmed the news, saying, “We’re excited to share that we are currently in the early stages of talking with Discovery about a lifestyle-focused media network for Magnolia. The details surrounding this opportunity remain a work in progress, but together, our hope is to build a different kind of platform for unique, inspiring and family-friendly content.”

You can read Chip’s full interview with Cowboys & Indians here.