Chip and Joanna Share Their Next Big Plans, Chip Kisses Matt Lauer On “Today”

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In one of their first televised interviews since announcing their final season of “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines addressed everything from the rumors on why they’re leaving the show to what their next steps are as one of TV’s favorite couples.


“Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie opened up the interview by addressing the reactions to the news that “Fixer Upper” is ending. “At the same time you announced you weren’t going to do the show anymore, you should’ve started a support group,” she told the couple.

Joanna said they understand and appreciate the sadness their fans have expressed, but that people have also been very understanding of the decision.

“There’s so much encouragement– they’re sad, but they also get it. We have a young, growing family.”

Chip admitted that they had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they first signed on to do “Fixer Upper,” but that the experience is something he’ll never regret.

“When we got into this, because i’m an idiot, I thought it was a get rich quick scheme…unfortunately it’s not quite that easy. The emotion, the amount of energy it takes to pour something like this together….I know for Jo and I, everyday when we showed up for work, we wanted it to be authentic, legit, sincere, and I think that’s why people were drawn to it,” he said.

When Savannah asked them to address the rumors about their relationship being the cause for “Fixer Upper” ending, Chip said, “I’ll give them a little credence, there’s always “what’s next”, and for us, the most important thing in the world is our relationship, followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids, and we didn’t want to push it and red line it for so long that we wake up one day and realize we’re at a point of no return.”

As for now, the couple says they’re as healthy as they’ve ever been.

“I get first hand experience of what it’s like to have a guy by my side to push me towards my dreams,” Joanna shared.

Savannah then proceeded to invite Chip to chase his dreams of kissing Matt Lauer on live television, so he did.

“Come here you big hunk of man candy!”

Oh, and then he kissed Savannah, too.

As for what’s next, the final season of “Fixer Upper” will air on HGTV on November 28, and the couple is working on a new cookbook that has a TBD launch date, and they’re opening a restaurant called “Magnolia Table” in the spring of 2018. Chip Gaines new book, “Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff,” is available on Amazon, and as for now, no new TV shows are in the works, but the possibility is definitely there.

“Who knows, we’re so excited about this break, but would we go back and do this again? Absolutely. It was a joy– it was a pleasure,” Chip said.

Watch the full interview on “Today,” and catch Season 5 of “Fixer Upper” on November 28!

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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