‘Fixer Upper’ Contestant Reveals What They Don’t Tell You About The Hit Show

We hate to break it to you, but your favorite reality show isn’t as “real” as you think it is.

Of course, we can’t stop watching reruns of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, and we’re even keeping up to date on hosts Chip and Joanna’s pregnancy news. But we’ve also discussed the controversy and lawsuit that followed one of the renovations on their show.


Now, we’re sharing the sad news that appearing on Fixer Upper as a homeowner isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

Former contestants are revealing what it’s like to have Chip and Joanna fix up your house, and it turns out you need to jump through a lot of hoops just to get on the show.

First, you need to be in the market for a home in or around Waco, Texas, because Chip and Joanna don’t travel for work. Next, you have to actually buy the home before they’ll even tape the show. So any home hunting segments you see on the network are all fake, sadly.

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But the most surprising fact revealed by former contestants is you have to cover the cost of your own renovations. Even though you’re on a TV show, you have to fork up at least $30,000 for Chip and Joanna to do any real fixing.

And some contestants say they end up paying much more than that.

Chip And Joanna Gaines Shamed Over Pregnancy News

Earlier this week, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and husband and wife pair Chip and Joanna Gaines revealed on social media that they are expecting their fifth child.

“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” Chip captioned the adorable announcement posted on Instagram.

The couple have been teasing fans about the happy news in the days leading up to the announcement.

“New year, new hope… Be expectant,” Joanna wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “There is just something about fresh faith and unwavering trust that brings life to our souls. May this be your best year yet. #2018.”

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Some people were caught off guard by the baby news, but many of the couple’s fans weren’t as shocked because both Joanna and Chip have talked about the possibility of growing their family of six in the past.

“I would love another baby — or twins! The kids are always asking me, ‘Mom, can you have another baby?’ But Chip thinks we’re done,” Joanna said back in June. Later in the year, Chip admitted in another interview that he changed his mind and that he’s “really excited to go back and try to maybe…try to make some more babies.”

As we already know, the couple succeeded, but not everyone is on board the baby train. Chip and Joanna’s pregnancy announcement made its way to Facebook, and there were some awful comments among the well-wishes.

So what has people so angry over the exciting news?

Chip And Joanna Admit There’s “Credence” To Those Divorce Rumors

America’s favorite reality TV couple have finally addressed the divorce rumors that plagued them for years.

Chip and Joanna Gaines rose to fame with their HGTV show Fixer Upper, which became an instant hit for the network and one of the most-watched shows on TV. The couple have capitalized on their success with their own store, a magazine, home improvement books, and partnerships with big name brands like Target.

But fans of the home renovation series were surprised to learn that the couple would be ending the series after season five, which premieres in November. The announcement ignited speculation that the couple were splitting up, a rumor that has popped up now and then since their show first started.

Now, in a surprising interview, Chip admits that there’s “a little credence” to those divorce rumors, and that the tension in his marriage with Joanna is part of the reason why Fixer Upper is ending. He even describes worrying that their relationship had reached “a point of no return.”

But Chip also has good news for fans…

After Announcing Their Show Is Ending, Chip Gaines Already Has A New Gig

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.

After A Year-Long Hiatus Nicole Curtis is Back On HGTV’s Hit Show

If you can’t get enough of hit DIY shows like Fixer Upper and and Flip or Flop then you will be excited to hear about the exciting news coming out of Rehab Addict.

The popular show is getting ready for season 8, which premiered on October 4 and we can’t help but get excited. Fans can expect the same no nonsense attitude that they love from all their favorite HGTV and DIY network series, with a familiar face.

Nicole Curtis has been the host of Rehab Addict since it first aired in 2010. Her passion for saving old homes in Detroit and Minneapolis is at the heart of her renovation show and what captivates us week after week.

In addition to giving old houses a face-lift, Nicole is a real estate agent.

A surprise pregnancy in late 2014, resulted in her youngest son Harper’s birth. After Harper was born, maternity leave wasn’t an option for Curtis.

“We had contracts to get through,” Curtis explains. “I went from giving birth to filming and building, then we did the Ransom Gillis special in Detroit,” which aired between seasons six and seven.

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That’s when Curtis decided she needed a break. Between the death of her grandmother and an intense custody battle over her toddler, Curtis had a lot on her plate. She became estranged with her parents and things took an ugly turn.

“Our situation is absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. I can’t say anymore to that,” said Curtis at the time.

‘Fixer Upper’ Is Coming To An End

HGTV is home to so many of our favorite shows, and Fixer Upper is definitely at the top of that list.

Chip and Joanna Gaines do an incredible job of finding a house that needs some TLC, and turning it into something spectacular.

A stunning home that Chip and Joanna Gaines turned around. HGTV

The couple has produced four seasons of their hit show, and were even given a spin-off, called Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. Of course, you can’t be a reality TV star without your fair share of drama.


In July, the couple was sued by former clients, whose house was hit by a drunk driver. Ken and Kelly Downs believed it was the Gainses fault that the neighborhood was bad.

“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.”

But now, after five seasons, Fixer Upper has announced they will not be back for a sixth.

So what prompted the decision?