Chip Gaines details ‘Fixer Upper’ nightmare: ‘I felt caged, trapped’

Chip Gaines describes his behind-the-scenes life on “Fixer Upper” as torturous in a new interview.

When Gaines and his wife and co-star, Joanna, announced the HGTV series would end after five seasons back in September 2017 they said they wanted to “catch our breath for a moment” and “give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses”. But in a Q&A with Cowboys & Indians magazine published online Tuesday, Gaines offers further insight as to what might’ve been behind the decision to pull the plug.

“TV was a funny thing for me. I’m an authentic, sincere person. So, as long as things are natural and organic, I’m in my element,” Gaines, 44, said. “But the more staged something becomes, or the more required something becomes, it boxes me up, and I felt like toward the end of the ‘Fixer Upper’ journey, I felt caged, trapped.

“Jo and I couldn’t figure it out. I mean, why?” he added. “You’re getting to have all this fun, right? But it’s like if I put a camera in your face and said, ‘Hey, say something funny.’ Or if I put a camera in your face and said, ‘Hey, be smart.’ I just struggled with that environment. Especially at the end of it.

“At the beginning, it was so fun,” he continued. “The first three years of ‘Fixer Upper’ were some of the best years of my life. The last two years, not that we don’t look back on them fondly, but they were more of a job.” 

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