Are you sitting down for this? Fixer Upper will officially end after the upcoming fifth season.
"It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last," Chip and Joanna Gaines announced on their website. "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. 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."
The news comes as an incredible shock for fans, who have been devoted to the couple's adventures since the show debuted in 2013. Chip and Joanna have used the HGTV series to build an empire, opening several businesses, writing two books and developing a slew of home lines (including a much-anticipated Target collaboration). And let's not even get started on what the Gaines have done for the shiplap industry!
Over the past year, however, the couple has been subjected to a slew of negative press, including the revelation that they belong to a church that is against same-sex marriage a lawsuit accusing Chip of fraud.
In their announcement, Chip and Joanna warn fans not to read too much into their decision to step back, explaining that they simply want to take a break and spend time with their four kids. "Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger," the message reads. "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.
Fixer Upper's fifth and final season kicks off in November. The spin-off Behind the Design will premiere shortly afterwards.