Fixer Upper is extremely popular, and so are its stars -- Chip and Joanna Gaines. Which is why it's so surprising that Fixer Upper is ending while it's still going so strong.
Are we, as a society, so accustomed to shows jumping the shark that we can't conceive of a show deliberately ending on a high note? Or is there something going on behind the scenes? Like, say, relationship trouble between Chip and Joanna?
Well, in the video below, the Fixer Upper couple is finally giving in to demands for answers.
As you'll see in the video, Joanna and Chip Gaines finally cave and spoke to E! about the questions and rumors about their relationship and how it may have influenced their decision to end their show while it's going strong.
And they're denying everything, basically.
Chip expressed surprise, as he'd imagined that the news that the two of them were done with Fixer Upper would inspire fans to wonder what they were doing next.
That is ... adorably naive.
Humans like puzzles and we like believable narratives and reasons that we can understand. "We quit our successful show because it was time" doesn't strike most people as plausible.
"It's just the rumor mill -- I think -- surprised us a little bit."
You know ... he might be telling the truth. Maybe they never expected the public to, right or wrong, guess that they were having issues.
But he says that he understands that they're famous and that all of this goes with the territory.
"When you put yourself out in the public light like this, people are going to speculate like this and we have had our fair share of that, but Jo and I are just as happy as we have ever been."
There has to be something going on, right?
Joanna speaks up and acknowledges that fans have good reason to ask the questions that they've been asking, however:
"I think it seems weird to kind of leave on a high note. I think for people, there has got to be a negative reason to that. I think that is not always how life has to be."
Maybe, but that's how life usually is.
Shows either stay good over long stretches, get better over time, get worse over time, or were terrible to start with. Otherwise, there's something else going on.
"I think for us we felt that season five was just the perfect end to this beautiful chapter, but really the why is time, you know?"
So, basically, they just felt like not doing it anymore. That's what she's claiming.
"Unfortunately, I don't think if they came back and offered a billion dollars that we would step back at this point."
Obviously, she's relying upon the absurdity of that hypothetical scenario. Plenty of people would commit murder for a billion dollars.
"We are pretty headstrong and when we feel like it is the right decision for our relationship, for our family, for our business, it would take an act of congress to knock us off that position."
That's a weird way of phrasing that, but whatever.
You know, depending upon rights ownership issues to which we aren't privy, the network could always try to make it work under the same name.
A show called Fixer Uppers could be about, we dunno, interventions for people who take a lot of stimulants.
Or, with a tweak, Fixer Puppers could be about a veterinarian.
But it's clear that the Gaines-es want us to be focusing on what they're going to do next, professionally speaking.
That's what we gather from Chip's words, anyway. So ... what exactly will they do next? We have no idea.