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‘Fixer Upper’ star Chip Gaines is sued for fraud by former business partners | Charlotte Observer

Two former business partners of Chip Gaines, right, are suing him for buying them out of their real estate company without telling them HGTV planned to broadcast “Fixer Upper” nationally. Gaines hosts the popular show with his wife, Joanna. HGTV

Things have gotten ugly in pretty “Fixer Upper” world.

Chip Gaines, who co-hosts the popular HGTV show with his wife, Joanna, fired a shot on Twitter Saturday after his former business partners filed a $1 million fraud lawsuit against him last week in a Texas state court.

Magnolia Real Estate Co. co-founders, lawyers John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, allege that Gaines bought them out of the company without telling them HGTV planned to broadcast “Fixer Upper” nationally.

The three men founded the company together in 2007 and for the first six years largely operated out of Waco with one real estate agent, according to the lawsuit. Since the show’s debut, Magnolia has grown to employ more than 93 agents across Texas, the lawsuit says.

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Gaines allegedly paid the two men $2,500 each for their shares in the company. But Lewis and Clark charge that he didn’t tell them about the HGTV deal “and that the show prominently featured the ‘Magnolia’ brand name,” according to KWTX in Waco, Texas.

“With this insider information in hand, Chip Gaines convinced plaintiffs to sell their membership interests in Magnolia Realty quickly to him before a public announcement that ‘Fixer Upper’ was picked up by HGTV,” the lawsuit charges.

The lawsuit accuses Gaines of pressuring Lewis and Clark to sell “before they discovered the company’s value was radically enhanced by ‘Fixer Upper.’”

According to E! News, the filing states “… Chip Gaines conspired to eliminate his business partners — notwithstanding their longstanding friendship — in order to ensure that he alone would profit from Magnolia Realty’s association with ‘Fixer Upper.’”

The partners charge that “Chip became so fixated on securing the Magnolia name that he didn’t care if he offended or threatened anyone along the way.”

When Clark made it clear he wasn’t happy with Gaines trying to lower the buyout even more, Gaines sent Lewis a text advising him to tell Clark “to be careful,” the lawsuit says.

The warning text allegedly read: “I don’t come from the nerdy prep school he’s from. And when people talk to me that way they get their asses kicked. And if he’s not ready to do that he better shut his mouth. I’m not the toughest guy there is, but I can assure you that would not end well for (R)ick.”

When news of the lawsuit broke on Friday, Gaines responded with a Bible verse on Twitter: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 28, 2017

Later he sounded peeved, complaining that his former partners hadn’t given him a heads-up about the lawsuit.

“Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 years.. same email for 20 yrs,” the “Fixer Upper star”, 42, wrote. “No one called or emailed? 4 years later ‘friends’ reach out via lawsuit.. humm,” he tweeted.

— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 29, 2017

Gaines’ spokesman would not comment on the lawsuit. But his attorney, Jordan Mayfield, told KWTX “we are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines.”

Here’s What Really Went Down With the Biggest ‘Fixer Upper’ Controversies Over the Years

America loves watching Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate houses on their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper. But it’s not all shiplap and sunny windows in Waco, Texas. During their time on air, Chip and Joanna have weathered many scandals. Check out the biggest Fixer Upper controversies that have hit the HGTV stars. (You may look at Chip differently after reading about the scandal on page 9.)

1. Critics claim that ‘Fixer Upper’ is ‘fake’

Not everything is as it seems. | Magnolia Market

Everybody knows that reality TV doesn’t always have much to do with reality. But HGTV fans don’t like learning that things aren’t exactly as they seem. When it came to light that many homeowners have already chosen a home when cameras start rolling, many Fixer Upper critics called the show a “fake.” But the casting application never hid the fact that many applicants had already purchased their home or at least had one in mind.

Critics also expressed indignation that homeowners don’t get to keep all the furniture and accessories used to stage the house — even though we all know that the high-end furniture and antiques get pretty expensive.

Next: Former Fixer Upper clients reveal the truth.

What actually goes on behind the scenes

The reactions are real. | HGTV

The house hunting sequence at the beginning of each episode may be staged. But as for the other events on the show? One former Fixer Upper client told Country Living, “What happens really is real. The producers might have you repeat things a few times, and they might film things multiple times from different angles, but the reactions and conversations are real.”

The upshot? Many homeowners have already chosen a house before filming commences. But their reactions to the home, their excitement on design day, and the surprise of the reveal are very real. As for the furniture? The homeowners can buy anything they want. But anything built by Clint — or custom work by other artisans — always stays in the home.

Next: Would you pay to vacation in a Fixer Upper home?

2. ‘Fixer Upper’ homes land on the rental market

You can rent the Harp house on Airbnb. | Airbnb.com

Homes renovated by Chip and Joanna Gaines became popular vacation rentals, scandalizing viewers who assumed that people were turning to Fixer Upper to renovate their forever homes. Many have shown up on Airbnb, where Fixer Upper fans can book the Waco vacation of their dreams.

But according to the Waco Tribune-Herald, none of the homeowners who spoke to the paper had planned to rent our their homes when purchasing them. Instead, they opted to move to other homes thanks to the unexpected popularity of Fixer Upper and the unwanted attention it brought to their homes.

Next: Chip and Jo aren’t exactly happy about these rentals.

How Chip and Joanna responded

They will be changing contracts going forward. | Magnolia Market

Chip and Joanna aren’t thrilled the “dream homes” they renovate for clients are popping up as vacation rentals. In fact, they said through a Magnolia spokesman, “We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving Fixer Upper clients moving forward.” Nonetheless, many people think Joanna’s clean aesthetic makes for a perfect Airbnb rental.

Next: This element of Fixer Upper is the definition of overkill.

3. Designers got tired of all the shiplap

Now fans are saying it’s overdone. | Magnolia Market via Facebook

Many people love Joanna’s signature farmhouse chic aesthetic. They love the distressed woods, the antiques and salvage, the numerous houseplants, and most of all, the shiplap. But not everybody is on board. In fact, Country Living reports that there’s been something of a shiplap backlash against the hit show.

When Chip and Joanna were first starting out, most people hadn’t heard of shiplap. (In fact, longtime Fixer Upper fans may recall Joanna explaining the feature to early clients.) But designers and viewers alike say that it’s been overused on the show — and doesn’t always look good when fans try to recreate it in their own homes.

Next: What Joanna really thinks about her design choices

What’s really going on

Any sort of trend gets overused. | HGTV

The shiplap backlash is real, but it’s not surprising. Anytime something gets popular, it’s bound to attract critics as well as fans. In fact, Fixer Upper has ushered in more than a couple of the most hated home decorating trends — trends that many experts think are already starting to look outdated.

Besides, shiplap isn’t the only Joanna Gaines signature that has viewers scratching their heads. Viewers have also objected to some of the less practical choices Joanna makes when decorating Fixer Upper homes. And many viewers hated the Barndominium for its impractical layout.

Next: Former clients hated on the Gaines after this dangerous incident.

4. A homeowner says Chip and Joanna ‘deceived’ her about the neighborhood

We know from No. 1 though that Chip and Joanna didn’t pick the house. | Magnolia Market

When a man suspected of drunk driving crashed through the front wall of Kelly Downs’ home — the “Three Little Pigs House” on Season 3 of Fixer Upper — she wasn’t surprised. In fact, she thought the violent incident was a long time coming.

“It’s like the Wild West here. There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street,” Downs explained of the neighborhood, where she and her husband felt intimidated and harassed. “We feel deceived by the city of Waco and Magnolia Realty,” Downs said.

Next: But is it really Chip and Jo’s fault?

What really happened

Chip and Joanna likely weren’t involved in that decision. | HGTV

It’s not clear what role Chip and Joanna Gaines played in helping Kelly and her husband Ken choose their home. On Fixer Upper and on other HGTV shows, most, if not all, homeowners are already under contract on a home by the time filming begins.

That means that most have already selected, if not purchased, a home without the help of the Gaineses or Magnolia Realty. That fact has long been an open secret about the show. And it may indicate that the Downses chose their home — and neighborhood — on their own.

Next: It’s hard to defend Chip about this claim.

5. Former Magnolia Realty business partners sue Chip Gaines

Magnolia Realty wasn’t always just Chip and Jo. | Magnolia Realty via Facebook

Not every Fixer Upper fan knows that Chip and Joanna Gaines own a realty company. But if you have heard of Magnolia Realty, you’ve likely heard about the lawsuit brought against the company by the people who co-founded it with Chip. The company began in 2007 as a partnership among Chip Gaines, John L. Lewis, and Richard L. Clark. In 2012, Chip and Joanna Gaines began talking to High Noon Entertainment — which now produces Fixer Upper — about a TV show. They filmed a pilot in October 2012.

Lewis and Clark say that Chip kept quiet about talks he and Joanna had with HGTV and pressured them to sell their interests in the company. They agreed, and each received $2,500 on May 6, 2013, allegedly just two days before Chip announced that HGTV had picked up the show.

Next: Chip defends himself.

The situation is suspicious. | HGTV

Since the time that Gaines bought Lewis and Clark out of the company, Magnolia Realty has grown alongside the Fixer Upper empire and now employs more than 90 real estate agents. Lewis and Clark sued for more than $1 million. They claim that Chip didn’t tell them that Magnolia Realty “was about to be fairly famous,” and “conspired to eliminate” them when he made a deal with HGTV.

Nonetheless, Chip called the timing of the lawsuit into question on Twitter, and also questioned the motive behind it.

Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later “friends” reach out via lawsuit.. humm

— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) April 29, 2017

Next: Critics question Chip and Jo’s beliefs.

6. An exposé on Chip and Joanna’s church draws attention

In times of trouble.. you’ll find the gaines family at church.

— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) December 4, 2016

BuzzFeed reported that the church that Chip and Joanna Gaines attend stands firmly against same-sex marriage. Few viewers objected to Chip and Joanna’s openness about their Christianity. (It’s definitely a plus for some viewers.) But many people were surprised to learn that the couple attends a church whose pastor “takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight,” according to BuzzFeed.

The church in question, Antioch Community Church, is helmed by pastor Jimmy Seibert. Seibert has long stood against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. He preaches that homosexuality is a sin and a lifestyle choice. He also believes that conversion therapy is necessary (even though the American Psychological Association concluded that “efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm.”)

Next: The Gaines’ response raises eyebrows.

How Chip and Joanna responded to the controversy

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE.

— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) December 1, 2016

In the wake of the exposé, fans wanted Chip and Joanna to respond. HGTV made a statement explaining, “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.” But Chip and Joanna mostly kept quiet.

Eventually, Chip addressed the controversy indirectly in a blog post. He encouraged people to move past their differences but didn’t take a stand against discriminatory treatment of members of the LGBTQ community. “Joanna and I have personal convictions,” Chip wrote. “One of them is this: We care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith.”

Next: Waco suffers the consequences of the Gaines’ fame.

7. Waco residents complain that property taxes have tripled

The Silos have increased property value enormously. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Chip and Joanna Gaines have been credited with revitalizing Waco. And property owners and businesses in Waco enjoyed the attention and tourism that Fixer Upper brought to town — at least until their property taxes went up. Tax statements showed land valuations in downtown Waco that had doubled or tripled after Chip and Joanna Gaines redeveloped an abandoned agricultural depot into a popular destination: The Silos.

The Silos became home to Magnolia Market and the Silos Baking Company. The property attracts numerous visitors to the area and to Waco at large. But local property owners told press of the skyrocketing tax valuations on their buildings, “This is out of hand. This is crazy.”

Next: Do the pros of fame outweigh the cons in Waco?

Chip and Joanna don’t get all the credit for this one. | Magnolia Market

It’s true that land valuations have gone up dramatically in downtown Waco. A local publication reported that land values across downtown had doubled in 2015. In some areas, the increases were even steeper. But county officials said that values were just catching up to downtown Waco’s revitalization.

As the Waco Tribune-Herald reported in 2016, “A casual observer might guess that much of the downtown increase is being driven by Magnolia Market at the Silos.” However, the paper added, “Its valuation effect on immediate neighbors has been only incremental.”

In 2017, the paper reported that valuations had gone up again. And locals complained that high taxes could slow the momentum of revitalization efforts. However, the county’s director for appraisals told the Waco Tribune-Herald, “Magnolia is only one factor in the downtown real estate boom and corresponding value increases.” He added, “It’s not Magnolia Silos driving this.”

Next: This lawsuit seems a little frivolous.

8. A local business sue Chip over a gate

The Gaines didn’t want customers thinking they had to pay to park. | HGTV

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that Chip Gaines got sued over a gate. As Country Living explains, there’s an alley next to the Silos that doesn’t belong to the Fixer Upper stars. The original owner allowed Magnolia Market customers to park there for free. But that owner sold the land to Daron Farmer, who wanted to charge visitors $10 to park on his property.

Chip and Joanna wanted to buy the lot, but couldn’t come to an agreement with Farmer. Chip put up a gate so that people didn’t think they had to pay to park near the Silos, cutting off vehicle and pedestrian traffic from Farmer’s lot to the Silos. So Farmer sued for up to $1 million in damages.

Next: Chip tries to smooth things over.

What happened next

They eventually came to an agreement. | Magnolia Market

After a day in court, a judge declined Farmer’s request to issue a temporary restraining order against Chip Gaines. The lawyer who represented Chip noted that gate was on property owned by Magnolia, not by Farmer.

The case was eventually dismissed because Chip came to an agreement to buy the property. Farmer wouldn’t reveal the purchase price. However, sources indicated that Chip and Joanna paid just less than $1 million for the property.

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Fixer Upper’s Chip Gaines Calls Out Former Partners Over Lawsuit: ‘No One Called or Emailed?’

Chip Gaines is questioning why his former partners in his Magnolia Real Estate Company didn’t reach out to him before filing a $1 million lawsuit over his HGTV show, Fixer Upper.

The Twitter post comes two days after John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed the suit in Waco, Texas, claiming that the TV star bought them out of the company without telling them that he had made a deal with HGTV to air Fixer Upper, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later “friends” reach out via lawsuit.. humm

— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) April 29, 2017

“We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” Gaines’ attorney, Jordan Mayfield, tells PEOPLE.

However, Lewis and Clark’s attorney, David Tekell, holds that all of the accusations in the lawsuit are accurate.

“It is all completely true and supported by actual facts,” he tells PEOPLE. “There are extensive quotes from texts and emails stated in the lawsuit that are accurate.”

RELATED: Joanna Gaines Speaks Out About Rumors She’s Leaving Fixer Upper for the Beauty Business

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Lewis and Clark founded the company with Gaines in 2007 and the business largely operated out of Waco with a single real estate agent, according to the suit. Now, the Magnolia firm employs “over 93 real estate agents” and operates in nearly every major city in Texas, the suit alleges.

The men claim in the suit that Gaines bought their shares of the real estate company for $2,500 each with “insider information in hand” — Gaines allegedly described the company as “less than worthless.”

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) April 28, 2017

“Chip Gaines convinced plaintiffs to sell their membership interests in Magnolia Realty quickly to him before a public announcement that Fixer Upper was picked up by HGTV,” the suit states.

Gaines allegedly bought Lewis and Clark’s shares officially on May 6, 2013, according to the documents. Two days later, Gaines publicly announced that Fixer Upper had been picked up by HGTV.

The lawsuit alleges that Gaines broke the news to his now-former partners in an email, revealing that he and Joanna had been working on a pilot for HGTV for nearly a year.

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As news of the suit made headlines, Gaines tweeted out a Bible verse.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” he wrote.

Along with Gaines, the suit names Magnolia Realty, Scripps Networks the company that owns HGTV and High Noon Productions.

In a statement to PEOPLE HGTV officials said: “We respect the privacy of our show hosts and will not comment on matters related to their personal lives or businesses.”

What does a car accident in North Waco, Texas, have to do with Chip and Joanna Gaines? Apparently everything, according to Kelly and Ken Downs, who appeared on season three of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper. Due to what they deem an unsafe neighborhood, the couple’s first year in their renovated house has been an unhappy one, they say—and one that ultimately culminated in an allegedly drunk driver crashing his car into their home early Saturday morning.

“It’s like the Wild West here,” Kelly told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street.”

Now, the Downses’ complaints have left locals and Fixer Upper fans across the country wondering: Is there a “darker side” to everyone’s favorite home renovation show?

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad WACO?

In the Downses’ episode, Chip and Joanna call the dilapidated 1905 Craftsman at 1902 Alexander Avenue a “wild card.” Surprisingly, Waco newcomers Kelly and Ken purchase the run-down option for $35,000, showing that they have the “guts to take on a Fixer Upper,” even one aptly nicknamed “Three Little Pigs House”.

A screenshot from Google Street View shows the property prior to renovations. Google Street View

You remember the children’s story: The first and second pigs built houses of straw and sticks, which were no match for the big bad wolf, who promptly blew them down and ate the inhabitants. But the wise third pig built his house of bricks. When the wolf couldn’t huff and puff it away, he climbed down the chimney and wound up as dinner himself.

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It’s not the cheeriest of fairy tales, but it’s one that certainly suited the house—even more so in hindsight. After $215,000 of renovations, no wolf’s exhale was going to disassemble this fixer-upper, no matter that it wasn’t made of brick (ironically, Kelly was vocal about her distaste for brick homes). A car on the other hand, is a different story.

HGTV/Rachel Whyte

“The yard is built up several feet, and he hit the embankment of the yard, apparently went airborne, and like a lot of older homes, this house was built up off the ground, so he cleared the rest of the yard,” Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager said in a statement about the driver. “He didn’t hurt the hedges, but he took out the railing on the porch and went right into the window of the front room and hit an interior wall that might be a load-bearing wall.”

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Kelly and Ken were asleep just one room beyond. Thankfully, the couple was unharmed, and the driver, Allen Wayne Miller, only sustained minor injuries. But although it was Miller behind the wheel, the homeowners are ultimately pointing fingers at Magnolia Realty, and what they see as the bigger-picture problem.

Location, Location, Location

“We take the worst house in the best neighborhood and turn it into our clients’ dream home,” Joanna famously says in the Fixer Upper intro. Only, Kelly and Ken don’t believe their neighborhood fits that formula. According to the Waco Trib, the newlyweds have complained about “late-night noise from nearby bars, suspicious activity, and push-back, some of it anti-Fixer Upper”—all issues that have the Downses questioning why Magnolia Realty showed them a property in such a “bad neighborhood” in the first place.

“This is what we’ve been saying. There’s a big problem here. It’s not safe,” Kelly said. “This is a Fixer Upper gone bad.”

Of course, no one can make you buy a home. In fact, real estate agents by law are not allowed to comment on the crime rate or nearby schools, or even whether a neighborhood is “good” or “bad” in general, as it might indicate a preference for a particular demographic—a potential violation of the Fair Housing Act. So if being close to a religious institution or school—or away from a bar, in the Downses’ case—is important to you, you have to do your own research, talking to residents of the area and utilizing online resources.

Although a car destroying your home is indeed traumatizing, the Downses’ other complaints make one wonder: Did they visit their would-be neighborhood before putting in an offer? The convenience store across the street was there when the Downses moved in—so was Connect Night Club, located just down the block (in fact, a Connect bouncer, Ethan Kennedy, actually witnessed the crash and ran over to help). Or perhaps, as Vanity Fair wonders, maybe they hoped that the neighborhood would quickly conform, or gentrify, around their newly renovated house.

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“It is not the prettiest looking neighborhood, but anytime I’ve ever heard gunshots or anything violent it has never been across the street or a block away,” Kennedy said to the Tribune. “It is never in that neighborhood, and I’ve never had any problems with people coming up and trying to cause a problem.”

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told the newspaper that he had increased patrols in response to the Downses’ complaints. And, he insists, crime in that neighborhood isn’t any higher or lower than elsewhere in town.

The “Fixer Upper” Effect

“We have been intimidated and harassed,” Kelly told the newspaper of ongoing issues in her new neighborhood. “People have complained about their taxes going up because we moved here. Store owners have complained about taxes.”

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Indeed, the “Fixer Upper effect” on property taxes has been a hot topic for some Waco area citizens. In June, McLennan County homeowners claimed they saw a spike in appraisals (sometimes by more than $100,000) in the year following Fixer Upper fame. But Chief Appraiser Andrew Hahn Jr. has maintained that houses featured on the show are viewed separately from surrounding properties. “We have a different neighborhood code for those than other homes in the neighborhood, because they are actually selling for more than regular homes,” he said. “We don’t use them as comparable for other homes that are renovated by other homeowners.”

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Loved this shotgun house! Definitely had to be creative with the smaller space! #fixerupperfavorites @hgtv #magnoliadesignandconstruction

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Recently, another Fixer Upper couple, Cameron and Jessica Bell, listed their 1,050-square-foot shotgun house for almost $1 million—a number that had real estate agents rubbing their eyes in disbelief and Waco residents concerned over its implications for the market and the community.

“I love Waco, but not Magnolia’s Waco.”

“The shotgun house on season 3 is up for sale for almost a $1 million in a neighborhood that used to be one of the worst ,” one local commented on the news story shared on Facebook. “Yet it’s ok, realitors demolished the ugly, moved lower income families out. AND IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. (We are going to have empty retail centers, or boutiques catering to , with only opening mininum wage jobs.) I’m sad. I love Waco, but not Magnolia’s Waco.”

Similar sentiments have been expressed across multiple online threads, but of course, other Waco citizens love Chip and Joanna and all that Magnolia has done for the town’s economy. The Gaineses have yet to issue a statement regarding the car accident and the aftermath.

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Suspected drunk driver crashes into ‘Fixer Upper’ home

Fox411: Renovations made to the house, featured on the HGTV show, credited with saving the owners’ lives

A drunken driver crashed into a Texas home featured on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” on Saturday, police said.

Ken and Kelly Downs, the owners of the Waco home, were sleeping in their bedroom at the time of the crash and were not hurt but their house received a ton of damage, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

Allen Wayne Miller, 31, was found inside a Hyundai Accent wedged inside the home, police said. As he tried to get out of the car, authorities said firefighters helped detain him before police arrived. Miller was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge, the paper reported.

Kelly Downs told the Tribune-Herald that the renovations, performed by hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines on the twelfth episode of season three, are likely what saved Downs and her husband. The renovators relocated a brick fireplace in the front office and it was likely what stopped the car from going further.

She added that the crash is not the only problem they have had with the home.

The homeowners said that other drivers have not stopped at a nearby intersection. Downs said she and her husband have dealt with noise from nearby bars as well as some flak from the neighbors.

“We have been intimidated and harassed,” she told the Tribune-Herald. “People have complained about their taxes going up because we moved here. Store owners have complained about taxes.”

According to the paper, the homeowners were still pondering their next move – either to repair the home or move to a new place.

Car crashes into a ‘Fixer Upper’ home, exposes ongoing drama around the hit HGTV show | The Wichita Eagle

A car crashed through one of the homes in Waco, Texas, that have been rehabbed by the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” leading the owners to reveal some drama they say has been going on in the neighborhood for more than a year. Waco Tribune-Herald Twitter

A suspected drunken driver just opened up a can of worms for “Fixer Upper” hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Early Saturday morning in Waco, Texas, a man crashed a Hyundai into a house that fans of the HGTV show know as the rehabbed “Three Little Pigs” home from Season 3.

But the accident also revealed that the homeowners are unhappy with crime in the neighborhood. They blame both the city and the Gaines’ Magnolia Realty company for their situation, turning a national spotlight on what’s going on behind the scenes in “Fixer Upper” land.

“Did a car accident reveal a darker side of HGTV’s biggest hit?” shouts the headline on a Vanity Fair story posted Monday.

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The home’s owners, Kelly and Ken Downs, say they’ve been dealing with crime in their neighborhood ever since they moved in after being chosen to appear on the HGTV show.

They are angry at the city of Waco for doing nothing about the crime and also blame Magnolia Realty for showing them a house in such an iffy neighborhood.

“This is what we’ve been saying. There’s a big problem here. It’s not safe,” Kelly Downs told the Waco Tribune-Herald after the weekend crash. “This is a ‘Fixer Upper’ gone bad.”

The couple told the newspaper they aren’t sure whether they’ll repair the home or move.

“It’s like the Wild West here,” Kelly told the newspaper. “There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street. 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.”

Ken, a digital design engineer, and Kelly, an occupational therapist, moved to Waco from Dallas and went house-hunting with Magnolia Realty after being chosen for the HGTV show.

The couple’s comments drew quick national attention toward the show. A representative for the Gaineses did not respond to requests for comment from either local or national media outlets, Fox News and People magazine among them.

“Fixer Upper has riven a town in two, ushering in a new flood of upstart home renovators looking to score dilapidated houses in dodgier parts of town so they can make them shiplapidated instead,” writes Vanity Fair.

“There’s always an assumption on these colonizers’ part that they will be greeted warmly, because they’re adding value to the neighborhood, beautifying it some. And sometimes that is true. But other times the raging local bars rage on and someone drives an automobile through your house.”

At the same time, the Downses credited a design choice by Joanna Gaines for perhaps saving their lives in the crash.

Owners of a North Waco house renovated on "Fixer Upper" got a rude awakening early Saturday morning.https://t.co/Uo1GKZUV1T pic.twitter.com/i6zpO1V0QS

— Waco Tribune-Herald (@wacotrib) July 9, 2017

They were sleeping in an interior room when the car came crashing through the front of the house shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

They believe they might have been injured if the car hadn’t been stopped from reaching the interior bedroom they were in by a fireplace Gaines moved to the front of the house, the couple told the Tribune-Herald.

Authorities found the driver, Allen Wayne Miller, 31, inside a Hyundai Accent wedged inside the house. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

“Fixer Upper” wrapped up its fourth season in March. People noted how the Gaineses bless each of their rehab projects with “cute names … denoting a quirk or other undesirable characteristic of the ‘before’ house.

“The nickname the Downses’ destroyed cottage received in season three, episode 10 now reads like a premonition: ‘The Three Little Pigs House.’”

HGTV star Chip Gaines sued by his former partners in Magnolia Realty

Updated Sunday, April 30 with a Tweet posted by Chip Gaines.

Chip Gaines’ two former partners in Magnolia Realty claim in a lawsuit filed Thursday that he defrauded them by withholding information when he bought them out for $2,500 each just days before HGTV announced it was picking up the Fixer Upper show.

Waco attorneys John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark are seeking more than $1 million in a lawsuit filed in state district court in Waco. The lawsuit was first reported by the Waco Tribune.

Lewis and Clark said in the lawsuit that if they had been privy to Gaines’ ongoing discussions with the television network, and knew what they said Chip knew about the prospects for Magnolia Realty, they would never have sold their two-thirds share for a combined $5,000.

At the time, in early 2013, Magnolia Realty, which the three founded in 2007, only had one employee. It now has 93 employees and offices in Waco, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Temple, Belton and Killeen, the lawsuit said.

“Without a doubt, Chip has profited from his silence and subsequent acquisition of all membership interests in Magnolia Realty,” said the complaint.

Gaines responded Saturday with a Tweet indicating he was surprised by the lawsuit.

Magnolia is the brand that the company has used on its other growing businesses including the retail development in downtown Waco, Magnolia Market at the Silos, and on Magnolia Home furniture, rugs, throws, pillows and paint by Joanna Gaines. Last year, an attempt to name a new bakery with the Magnolia brand was stopped. There’s already a Magnolia Bakery chain of nine stores based in New York. The Waco bakery was instead named Silos Baking Co.

In addition to Chip Gaines, the suit names as defendants Magnolia Realty, HGTV’s parent company Scripps Network and High Noon Productions, the company that produces Fixer Upper. Waco attorney David Tekell filed the lawsuit on behalf of Lewis and Clark.

Attorney Jordan Mayfield, a Waco attorney who is representing Chip Gaines with attorney Robert Little, told the Waco Tribune that the claims are meritless.

“We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” Mayfield told the newspaper.

When negotiations weren’t moving fast enough for Gaines, particularly with Clark, according to the lawsuit, Gaines sent a text to Lewis saying, “You better tell Rick to be careful. I don’t come from the nerdy prep school he’s from. And when people talk to me that way they get their asses kicked. And if he’s not ready to do that he better shut his mouth. I’m not the toughest guy there is, but I can assure you that would not end well for Rick.”

“With this insider information in hand, Chip Gaines convinced plaintiffs to sell their membership interests in Magnolia Realty quickly to him before a public announcement that ‘Fixer Upper’ was picked up by HGTV,” the suit claims.

“In summary, at a time when only the defendants knew that ‘Fixer Upper’ had been fast-tracked for a one-hour premiere on HGTV and was on the verge of radically changing their lives and business enterprises, Chip Gaines conspired to eliminate his business partners — notwithstanding their longstanding friendship — in order to ensure that he alone would profit from Magnolia Realty’s association with ‘Fixer Upper,’ ” the lawsuit said.

Separately this month, Joanna Gaines has been fighting some fake news battles about how she may be quitting the show and starting a cosmetics company among other claims. It was bad enough that she addressed the fake news stories in her blog post on April 21 with the headline: “Don’t believe everything you read.” She also quoted from Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

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Case closed: Lawsuit against “Fixer Upper” stars dismissed

WACO, Texas A lawsuit a Waco businessman filed last fall against the Magnolia Silos and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines has been dismissed.

Daron Farmer filed the $1 million lawsuit in 414th State District Court against Magnolia and the Gaines after the Gaines installed a gate that blocked access to Farmer’s 1.4-acre property adjacent to the Silos at 400 South 8th St., where Farmer was charging Magnolia customers $10 for parking.

The suit was dismissed after the Gaines agreed to purchase the property.

“I’m glad that Chip and I were able to resolve the case peacefully and remove it from the court system,” Farmer said Friday.

“Chip and I today are in good standing.”

Farmer declined to reveal the purchase price, but sources with knowledge of the situation said the Gaines paid just less than $1 million for the property.

The McLennan County Appraisal District shows Silos LLC as the property’s owner and lists the market value of the site at just less than $777,000.

The Gaines’ spokesman, Brock Murphy, didn’t respond to a request for a comment.

Even though Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are HGTV’s golden couple (a hugely successful show will do that, after all), that doesn’t mean they haven’t experienced their fair share of controversies. The Waco, Texas-based couple have learned the hard way that with fame comes drama — and these are the biggest altercations they’ve been part of to date.

1. When the Gaines’ announced they were having a fifth child.

Even though most people were thrilled for the couple, others thought it was irresponsible. “I like them okay but enough with the kids already,” Us Weekly reports one Facebook commenter wrote. “Their own children begged them not to have any more children on a previous episode already + over population = 😶.”

Another said: “Thank you for contributing to the over population of the planet. I hope this one will be your last and you will use wiser judgement.” People also pointed out that Joanna’s age, 39, may make her pregnancy high risk and others insinuated that the couple was only having another child to “fix their marriage.” Harsh.

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2. When their church’s pastor preached against same-sex marriage.

The Gaines found themselves at the center of a controversy around their church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, in November 2016. A BuzzFeed article reported that Seibert preaches against homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and noted that the Gaines have never featured a same-sex couple on their HGTV show.

Chip responded to the allegations with a blog post, in which he wrote: “Joanna and I have personal convictions. One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith.”

3. When Chip’s former partners said he committed fraud.

John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark are suing Chip, Magnolia Realty, HGTV’s parent company, and Fixer Upper’s production company because, according to USA Today, the pair allegedly each sold their stakes in Magnolia Realty to Gaines for $2,500 each in 2013. Coincidentally, this happened two days before he and Joanna announced they would be starting Fixer Upper.

The suit claims Chip committed fraud, because he didn’t inform them of his plans to launch a TV show when he bought them out of their shares. That’s why they want over $1 million in damages and their stakes in the company back. Many assume Chip responded to the lawsuit on Twitter with the following:

Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later “friends” reach out via lawsuit.. humm

— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) April 29, 2017

The lawsuit has yet to be resolved.

4. When a car crashed into the “Three Little Pigs” house.

A drunk driver crashed into Ken and Kelly Downs’ home, which was made over and nicknamed the “Three Little Pigs” house in an episode from season three of Fixer Upper. Even though no one was seriously injured, after the crash the Downses said they felt they were wronged by Chip and Joanna’s real estate company.

“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 told Waco Tribune-Herald. “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.” Kelly also says her husband and her have been “intimidated and harassed” by neighbors, because taxes have gone up in the area since they moved in. “There’s a big problem here. It’s not safe,” she says. “This is a Fixer Upper gone bad.”

5. When the couple partnered with Target.

After the Gaines revealed their plans for a home decor collection in partnership with Target, called Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, on November 5, some were not impressed. People took to Twitter to argue that the Evangelical Christians shouldn’t work with Target, since the retailer allows transgender employees and customers to use restrooms and fitting rooms that best align with their gender identity.

Really disappointed you guys would partner with a company that exalts what God specifically condemns.

— Shane Camp (@Shane_A_Camp) September 12, 2017

6. When Chip put up a metal gate near Magnolia Market.

Apparently, there’s an alley next to Magnolia Market that does not belong to the couple. The previous owner of the alley had a lease agreement with the them, which allowed Magnolia Market customers to park on the property for free. But the owner of this land sold it to Daron Farmer, who wanted to charge visitors $10 to park on the property, according to the Waco Tribune.

In response, Chip put up a metal gate to prevent customers from mistakenly parking on this land, but Farmer says the gate partially restricts access to his land, thereby illegally obstructing his private property. Farmer now seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in damages from the gate, and is demanding that it be removed.

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Does Joanna Gaines Drink? (And What Does Her Church Say?)

Loyal fans of the HGTV hit Fixer Upper probably know tons about the stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, even though the show is over. Between her blog, her magazine, and her Instagram feed, Joanna Gaines shares a lot of details about her life. We know what she likes to cook, what she grows in her garden, and how she feels about having a baby at 40. But does Joanna Gaines drink? Surprisingly, it’s tough to find a straight answer.

Does Joanna Gaines drink?

Chip and Joanna Gaines. | HGTV

Joanna Gaines has accepted plenty of interview requests from journalists who want to know about her daily routine. But it doesn’t seem that she’s mentioned alcoholic beverages in any of those profiles. Good Housekeeping reports that the Fixer Upper star “packs her diet full of fresh produce and practicality.” Sounds pretty wholesome, doesn’t it? In a post by Food & Wine, she doesn’t mention cocktails even in the context of entertaining.

Plus, in a Country Living post, it sounds like Joanna doesn’t even drink coffee. “I more like to hold it than drink it,” she said of her daily caffeine fix. “I’m a very slow sipper. Chip’s always like, ‘Jo you don’t even drink coffee. You’re a faker.’” And when she wants to treat herself in the evening, it sounds like she reaches for a slice of chocolate cake, not a beer or a cocktail. She even told Today, “there’s no such thing as too much chocolate for me.”

She believes in balance and moderation

Insider reports that Joanna Gaines emphasizes balance with her diet, whether she indulges in the occasional alcoholic beverage or not. She says that she believes in “just drinking a lot of water and being conscious of what I’m putting in my body and being conscious of what I’m doing to relieve stress, like walking and exercising, trying to find that balance.”

The Fixer Upper star also strives for moderation. Joanna says “Typically with sweets, I go all out. If you’re gonna make the cake, just make the cake.” But she also points out that her family’s meals typically include fresh vegetables and fruits that they grow in their garden.

The Gaineses doesn’t serve alcohol at Magnolia Table

Magnolia Table | Joanna Gaines via Facebook

Whether or not Joanna Gaines would serve cocktails at her kitchen table, she’s kept them off the menu at Magnolia Table. As Delish reports, there’s “no booze” at Magnolia Table. That could be because the restaurant opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., and many people don’t typically reach for an alcoholic beverage that early in the day.

If you take a look at the restaurant’s menu, you’ll notice that Magnolia Table serves juices, coffee drinks, sparkling water, sodas, and tea, but nothing alcoholic. The family-friendly restaurant is the perfect brunch spot, but you’ll need to get your mimosas or bloody marys somewhere else.

Joanna Gaines is beloved by Mormons, who don’t drink

LDS Living reports that “Mormons love HGTV Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines” because the couple promotes “a positive family culture.” The publication explains that the Gaineses “center their lives and relationship on Christ,” and they “aren’t afraid to share their testimony, either vocally or by example.” Joanna Gaines once said, “We haven’t been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines aren’t members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as LDS Living points out. But the fact that so many Mormons love them does make the question of whether Joanna Gaines drinks even more interesting. As the church’s website notes, Mormons don’t drink alcohol, or even coffee or tea (other than herbal tea). They also don’t use tobacco, and they abstain from using illegal drugs or abusing legal drugs.

The Gaineses’ church doesn’t have a cut-and-dried policy on alcohol

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Like many Christian churches, the one that Chip and Joanna Gaines attend — Antioch Community Church in Waco — doesn’t necessarily want to tell its members whether or not they can drink. Various blog posts mention drinking as a destructive behavior and even as an addiction, at least in certain people’s lives. More interestingly, a sermon from a pastor at the church said that some members of the church love alcohol, some hate it, and others are ambivalent about it. (And presumably, the church is OK with that.)

“It’s the most gray area of the gray areas,” Carl Gulley, a lead pastor at Antioch Community Church, explained. “In and of itself, it’s not a sin,” he said of alcohol. But he also said that alcohol has power attached to it and “unclean potential in it.” Whether to drink or not to drink is an individual decision, even though all of a person’s choices affect others, according to Gulley. His sermon didn’t take a definitive stance on whether drinking is right or wrong.

Chip might drink the occasional beer

It’s tough to find a definitive answer to the question, “Does Joanna Gaines drink?” She might have the occasional adult beverage in the privacy of her home, or she might not. (And if she does, you can bet that she drinks only in moderation — and probably only after the kids have gone to bed.) But it does seem that her husband, Chip Gaines, isn’t against the occasional indulgence. Chip posted a humorous tweet seemingly implying that he does indulge in the occasional beer (at least when Joanna is out of town).

And he also commented that Fixer Upper fans who visit Waco wish that they could sit down for a coffee — or a beer — with Chip and Joanna. Chip told The Hollywood Reporter, “People are driving cross-country to visit our hometown, hoping to grab a coffee or a beer with us.” He didn’t, however, explicitly clarify whether he or his wife actually drink beer.

Read more: New Details About Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Church Will Shock You

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Between raising her five kids—including her adorable newborn Crew—and running a retail and construction empire with her husband, Joanna Gaines has a pretty packed schedule. But despite her hectic day-to-day, the HGTV star does her best to eat healthy, and choose foods that fuel her so she can juggle all of her responsibilities with ease. Want to know the powerhouse mama, wife, designer, and HGTV star’s secrets? Here’s everything she typically eats in day (chocolate included).

Her breakfast comes straight from the backyard.

Near her enormous backyard garden sits a spacious chicken coop, which is usually full of fresh eggs Joanna uses for cooking. “I’m big into eggs in the morning just for the protein. And my kids love eggs so we’re always doing some type of scrambled eggs or quiche,” Joanna tells CountryLiving.com. “We have a ton of chickens and a ton of eggs so we try to take advantage of that.”

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Farm fresh #natureissopretty

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Her morning coffee routine is a little unusual.

While some folks need a jolt of caffeine first thing in the morning, Joanna likes to enjoy her java throughout the day. “I more like to hold it than drink it,” she says with a laugh. “I’m a very slow sipper. Chip’s always like, ‘Jo you don’t even drink coffee. You’re a faker.’” Despite her preferred approach, it’s still Joanna’s first choice when she needs a boost. “I always like to have coffee with me, and I just sip on it when I need a little extra energy.”

Her lunch is typically low-key, but healthy.

Sometimes it’s leftovers, sometimes it’s a quick pick from one of the many food trucks outside of Magnolia Market, but it’s almost always something she can get fast. “Because I put so much effort into breakfast and dinner, lunch is more grab and go,” Joanna says. “I’ll try to do a salad with chicken.”

She chooses healthy snacks to help her power through the afternoon.

Like most folks, the designer usually needs a little post-lunch pick-me-up. “I’ll always have protein bars or something else that will help get me through—especially when I’m going to work because I usually get into a slump around 1:00 p.m.,” she says.

Dinner is different nearly every night, but it’s almost always home-cooked.

While promoting her new cookbook, Joanna revealed that she first started whipping up homemade dinners as an alternative to taking her then four young kids out to a restaurant. It turned out to be a blessing, as she now considers their evening sit-downs as built-in family time. “I always let the kids pick what they’re wanting,” she says. “We don’t cook every night, but as often as we can. I like to cook a warm meal for the kiddos and Chip.”

Her pregnancy cravings revolved around sweets.

Prior to giving birth to Crew back in June, Joanna’s pregnancy cravings were in high gear. “I crave things that small children crave like sugary cereals and candy you probably shouldn’t be eating,” she says.

And she still loves to treat herself regularly—even when she’s not pregnant.

Joanna has a pretty balanced approach to eating, but she isn’t afraid to treat herself—especially during snack time. “I’ll always have a Snickers Bar or something just in case I need some sugar,” she admits.

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It’s a sweet Sunday! #happybdaydad 😍

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She even refers to chocolate cake as her “love language,” which is why it comes as no surprise that the dessert is also her go-to guilty pleasure. “Every night I always say, ‘Does anyone want some chocolate cake?’ And it’s always just me. I have a sweet tooth,” she says.

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Chip Gaines Recalls Ill-Fated Mexico Trip That Had Joanna Threatening, ‘You Have Three Days to Get Back to Texas, or This Relationship Is Over’

Chip Gaines wasn’t kidding when he said his book would be all about the “smart things I learned doing stupid stuff.”

In a sneak peek of the third chapter, available to download on the couple’s Magnolia website, the star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper recalls one adventure he went on in his mid-twenties that included a brief trip to Mexico and a very unamused Joanna.

“I was knee-deep in three different businesses, and I’d been working with the same group of Mexican guys on all of them,” Chip says in the excerpt. “These were my boys, and something about their culture and work ethic really resonated with me.”

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Chip was aware of the language barrier between he and his “close-knit crew,” and decided to pursue a three-month long Spanish immersion program in Mexico to remedy it. With support from Joanna, then his girlfriend, who agreed to take lead on his landscaping, laundry and house rental businesses, he and his dog Shiner embarked on their adventure.

“This may be a good time to fill you in on how I kept up with my finances back then,” he says. “I was pretty much self-taught in all my operating procedures as a business owner.”

Because Joanna wasn’t up-to-speed with his unconventional financial processes, things quickly got out of hand.

“Although her talent for bookkeeping was unmatched,” Chip says of his wife, referring to her then full-time job at her dad’s tire shop, “I had sorely underprepared her for the events that were about to unfold.”

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Trying to track down tenants for their rent checks was challenging enough, but things took a turn for the worse when Chip’s clients started flooding Joanna’s dad’s Firestone shop — “Though he’s Jerry to me now, this story still scares me so much that I’d like to revert to calling him Mr. Stevens,” he notes — revealing to both her and her father that his practices were far from perfect.

“She was finally coming to understand that the inner workings on my businesses weren’t all they were cracked up to be,” he reveals. Quick-thinking Joanna called his parents for help, though, and together they were able to find a temporary fix. But Chip wasn’t completely off the hook

“I was about two weeks into class when I aced my first test,” he says. “I was all excited to find the nearest pay phone and call Jo to tell her about my first A. But when Jo answered the phone, she was already shouting.”

He continues, “’Your business is a joke!’ she yelled. ‘All these people are coming to my dad’s shop demanding to be paid, and there’s no money! Lucky for you, your dad is bailing your sorry butt out. You have three days to get back to Texas, or this relationship is over.’”

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Realizing his future was on the line, Chip raced home to rectify the situation. Luckily, Joanna and her parents were forgiving upon seeing “the pitiful look” on his face.

“I had unintentionally put Jo in a terrible spot,” he says. “No language acquisition or dream trip was worth that. It became my mission to prove to Jo, my parents, her parents and myself that I could do this — that I was the real deal and I wouldn’t stop until I made this entrepreneurial dream of mine a reality.”

Safe to say, Gaines achieved his goal and then some. For the full account of his “misguided” Mexico experience, download the full chapter here.

  • By Megan Stein

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines smile at each other in this photo they posted on social media. | (PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/JOANNA GAINES)

Chip Gaines is revealing how one customer’s late order made him rethink his involvement in the hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper.”

Chip and his wife, Joanna, run a business called Magnolia, a brand that features real estate and home improvement options, but were balancing that along with their television show and being the parents of four children. In his book Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, Gaines details how his customer tweeted him about a late order complaint, which made the businessman and TV personality rethink everything.

The tweet said: “Hey @chippergaines it’s been 3 weeks, and I still haven’t gotten my wreath. What’s up?!”

“I tried to shake it off, knowing that I couldn’t do anything about it then and that it would have to wait until morning,” Gaines wrote in his book, according to Yahoo! Finance. “No luck. I was up all night dwelling on it.”

While he was on the set of “Fixer Upper” the following day, Gaines continued to struggle with the thought that he was not doing enough to help his customer.

“Who else but me should be figuring out what was ailing my growing business, and who else other than me should be ensuring that we moved beyond each and every one of these mistakes?” he writes. “… Something shifted within me. Suddenly filming the TV show looked like ‘the job’ that had seduced me into giving it my precious time that I had always promised would be reserved for my true loves, my family and my business.”

He went on to write, “How had this side gig found its way to competing with the very things that mean more to me than anything else in the world?”

In September, the married couple from Waco, Texas, who help remodel people’s homes, took to their Magnolia blog to announce that they would be ending their hit show.

“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,” the blog entry signed by “Chip and Jo” reads. “Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.”

While the couple called the show an amazing adventure, they hinted about needing to rest with all of their entrepreneurial efforts, which includes a lifestyle brand partnership with Target stores.

“This has been an amazing adventure! We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show,” the blog states. “We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause. Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger.”

It’s one of the most controversial aspects of Fixer Upper: Rather than live happily ever after in their shiplap-filled farmhouses, some of Chip and Joanna’s former clients have turned right around to resell or rent them out, seemingly capitalizing on the HGTV show’s popularity and increased tourism to Waco. Now, after facing criticism for offering their homes as vacation rentals, Fox News reports that some couples featured on Fixer Upper are speaking out—and insisting the Gaineses “don’t have a problem” with what they’re doing.

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The Barndominium, which is currently listed for $840 a night on VRBO, made headlines when the current owner, who purchased it from the couple featured on the HGTV show, was denied a permit to turn it into a rental property based on neighbors’ complaints. Similarly, the Shotgun House from season three, which rents for $325 a night on Airbnb, is now on the market with a jaw-dropping asking price of nearly $1 million.

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The #barndominium! From horse barn to a retreat for the amazing Meek family #fixerupperfavorites @hgtv season finale 9/8c tonight! #magnoliadesignandconstruction

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Even Chip and Joanna’s reps released a statement last year, saying that although they “have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their home,” they’re “going to be more strict with our contracts involving Fixer Upper clients moving forward.”

Still, some of the Gaineses’ former clients say the hosts have been nothing but supportive of their choice to list the Fixer Uppers.

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Take Jill and Joshua Barrett, for example. When Joshua’s income decreased, he and his wife had to make a change. They didn’t want to sell their midcentury-modern house, which appeared on season two of the show, so they asked Joanna if it would be OK if they listed it on VRBO for $360 per night.

“If anything, she was like, ‘Why are you charging so little?'” Jill told the news station. “They do not have a problem with it at all. They’re very entrepreneurial and they also understand real estate. That is their business. They understand houses are bought and sold all the time.”

Besides, Chip and Jo themselves have a Fixer Upper vacation rental, the Magnolia House B&B, and another one, Hillcrest Estate, that will be opening its doors to guests later this year. In fact, that’s where Dave Morrow from season one got the idea to list his house, the Mailander, for $250 a night, marketed specifically to fans of the show.

“They showed the way, and they showed what a good business model it is,” said Morrow. “And if anything, Chip and Joanna are not dumb. They know a lot about business.”

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THANK YOU everyone who watched the premiere last night and for all the love and support!! @hgtv #hgtvfixerupper #thisusedtobeascaryhouse

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Charmaine Hooper and Chuck Codd never intended to list their home (pictured above)—they didn’t realize people were flocking to Waco at all, let alone the fact that there was a market for their TV-famous house. But now, you can stay there, too, for $375 a night.

There’s also the Harp House for around $600, and The German Schmear House for $322.

“What they don’t want, I think deep down, is for people just to do a home on Fixer Upper with that intent of just VRBO-ing it to try and make a buck,” Jill explained. “They really do put their heart and soul into the home for that family, or that couple or that person.”

(h/t: Fox News)

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Sorry but someone has to say it: Chip and Joanna Gaines do NOT put family first

Editor’s Note: This opinion column originally published on USA Today. These views belong to the writer and do not express the views of All the Moms.

I love Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. There is much to be admired about them, including their commitments to their faith, marriage, family and community.

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There’s an important distinction, however, that I think their millions of fans and would-be imitators need to remember: Chip and Joanna Gaines did not get where they are now by putting their family first.

The family-first facade of the Gaines family

The Gaines are often portrayed as the gold standard of “family first” couples.

  • “Nothing means more to Chip and Joanna Gaines than family!” said an article in the February issue of Life & Style.
  • People magazine put the pair on the cover in October 2017 with the headline “Our Family Comes First.”
  • Just last month People published an article that opened this way: “For Chip and Joanna Gaines, family always comes first.”

My wife and I recently heard from a friend who said she loved that Chip and Joanna show what you can accomplish when you put your family first.

I thought to myself, “Are we talking about the same couple?”

It’s an image Chip and Joanna work hard to convey.

From photo shoots to scenes from Fixer Upper, there are countless “captured” moments that show the Gaines family spending quality time together. Chip and Joanna make the case for putting their family first in nearly every interview they give, from Success magazine to ABC News.

  • Chip told Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today Show that “the most important thing in the world” for them is their relationship, “followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids.”
  • Joanna told People that “Family is the most important thing in the world.”

Except it isn’t so. Not if actions really do speak louder than words. I’ve always believed that we prove what we value most by where we choose to spend our time.

So where do Chip and Joanna Gaines spend their time?

The many business ventures of Chip and Joanna Gaines

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In addition to running their home and 40-acre ranch, they also run a successful real-estate company across the Texas cities of Waco, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Their real estate services include land development, renovations, rental property management, remodeling, fixing and flipping homes, a brokerage, and managing a large team of real estate agents.

Since their oldest child, Drake, was born in 2005, they have also started or maintained additional ventures that include two weekend stay locations, two best-selling books and a third one on the way, a shopping center they estimated drew 70,000 people during spring break in 2017, a quarterly magazine, an online store, a restaurant, an interior design company, a blog(which Joanna still writes herself), a wallpaper line, a furniture line, a paint line, a line of designer pillows and rugs, and an exclusive line of products for Target.

On top of all of that they also filmed five back-to-back seasons of Fixer Upper. And they announced just last week that they’re organizing and hosting an annual marathon, half-marathon, and 5k for the residents of Waco.

That’s all incredible.

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For anyone else I would be shouting my admiration from the rooftops. But I see Chip and Joanna differently, because they don’t want to be seen simply as a couple that can do it all. They want to be seen as a couple that can do it all while at the same time making their family their top priority.

This is just not possible, and it does a disservice to the parents who really are putting their children first.

No matter how rich and famous, we are all limited by the same 24 hours in a day. You cannot do all they’ve done (or even a fraction of it) and still have any real time left over for family. Frankly, I wonder where they even find the time to brush their teeth, let alone spend quality, one-on-one time with each child daily.

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Lest anyone think I’m in a glass house throwing stones, I take the responsibility of providing for my family very seriously.

My wife and I have owned our own business for nearly eight years now. We have deliberately kept it small because we have never wanted it to have a monopoly on our time, and we run it from home so we can be present at all times for our three children (soon to be four). Even still, I’m amazed at the number of distractions even one small business churns out every day.

That’s how I know that Chip and Joanna have got to be two of the busiest people on the planet. All providing parents know they have to maintain a dependable source of income, but most of us are content with that and don’t take on unnecessary additional commitments.

I wonder at what point it stopped being about providing for their family and started being about Chip and Joanna?

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If they need more family time, why do they keep starting new ventures?

What’s most unfortunate to me is they say they are aware they need to spend more time with their children, but their actions continually contradict that. In their book The Magnolia Story, Joanna talks about the difficult decision to close her first store on Bosque street in 2006.

She said her intent in doing so was to have more time to “cherish” her firstborn, and that “soon I would have two children whose time deserved cherishing.”

Yet the additional time created from closing the shop was quickly filled by even more time-consuming outside endeavors, including a new interior design company, a hit TV show, and, ironically, opening an even larger store at Magnolia Market Silos. Joanna has since reopened that original store as well as an outlet store, by the way. Now that she has four children, with a fifth on the way, I wonder what happened to that pull she felt to “cherish time” with each child?

And by the way, they’re actually not leaving TV

It’s even more revealing that soon after Chip and Joanna announced they were leaving Fixer Upper to “spend more time together as a family,” they opened their new restaurant, Magnolia Table, and announced they were designing and providing more than 300 exclusive home décor products for nearly 2,000 Target stores. True to form, they already have a new spinoff TV show called Behind the Design that premiered exactly one week after Fixer Upper aired its final episode April 3.

Unchecked ambition for any of us is a bottomless pit. We live in a world where every social-media user compares their worst to everyone else’s best, and mommy-bloggers work tirelessly to portray unattainable perfect homes and families. Instead of correcting distorted realities, Chip and Joanna are adding to the problem. Not just in what they say, but also in what they show.

There are a lot of people who wish they could be the next Chip and Joanna Gaines. But they’re kidding themselves if they think they can achieve that kind of success and still give their children the time and attention they deserve. Some truths, even shiplap can’t cover up.

Daryl Austin is a writer and small business owner from Orem, Utah. He and his wife parent three children, with one on the way.

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