Chip and Joanna Gaines ending 'Fixer Upper' to 'focus' on marriage

The couple have been married 14 years and share four children.
By Annie Martin  |  Oct. 18, 2017 at 11:58 AM
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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Television personalities Chip and Joanna Gaines say they're ending Fixer Upper to "focus" on their marriage.

The couple addressed their decision to "step back" from the HGTV series in an interview on Tuesday's episode of Today following months of divorce rumors.

"Look, I'll give them a little credence," Chip said of speculation before asserting, "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, redline it for so long that we woke up and realized we are at a point of no return," he explained of ending the show. "So we wanted to take a step back and focus on what is absolutely the most important thing to us."

Chip told host Savannah Guthrie that leaving the series was a precautionary measure, as his marriage to Joanna is in a good place.

"We're the healthiest we've ever been. I just didn't want to keep pushing this envelope to the fullest extent," he said.

Chip and Joanna announced in September that Fixer Upper will come to a close after Season 5. The couple said at the time that they were ending the show to focus on their family and other business ventures.

"Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger," the pair said. "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."

Fixer Upper Season 5 will premiere in November.

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