After announcing that the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper will not be returning for a sixth season, there were a lot of questions surrounding what would be next for Chip and Joanna Gaines.
The show had it's fair share of drama before calling it quits. In July, the couple were sued by former clients, whose house was hit by a drunk driver. The home owners believed it was the home renovation duos fault because the neighborhood was a bad choice.
“It’s like the Wild West here. There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street,” Kelly Downs said. “It’s been a problem from the beginning. We’ve lived here a year and a half and we feel deceived by the city of Waco and Magnolia Realty.”
Chip and Joanna announced on their blog the sudden departure from HGTV stating: "It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last. While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with."
There had been speculation that the couple who have four kids together were having difficulty in their marriage. They did confirm that wasn't the case and that they just needed a break from the home renovation show.
"We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause. Our marriage has honestly never been stronger. This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment.Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses."
Now Chip has decided which direction he is going to take his career in, and it's not what you would think.
Chip was flipping houses long before the HGTV show hit the airwaves. He actually had his own home renovation business that he started while he was in college. He continued to work on that business when he started to date Joanna, and it didn't take long before she was hooked as well.
Chip who is now 42-years-old will be jumping behind the wheel as an honorary driver for the AAA Texas 500 race.
“I’m honored to have been invited to drive the pace car in November, but I can’t promise that I’ll pull over after the first lap,” Gaines jokes in an interview on the speedway’s website. “And growing up in Colleyville, this might actually be the first time I don’t get in trouble for speeding in Roanoke,” he adds.
The race will take place near his Texas hometown just outside of the city on November 5.
His family doesn't have to worry about the accident-prone contractor, however. He will be taking part in some pre-race events before leading a group of 40 drivers to the starting line at a very reasonable speed.
The couple still shares a number of businesses including a retail compound Magnolia Market at the Silos, which has 40,000 visitors each week. They also have furniture lines, a quarterly magazine, a real estate company, two luxury vacation rentals, a soon-to-be restaurant and a New York Times bestselling book.
So it's safe to say that the Gaines family will be plenty busy now that the show is over.