Chip and Joanna Respond to Rumors That “Fixer Upper” is Ending Due to Security Concerns

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After news broke that season 5 of “Fixer Upper” would be its last, reports began circulating that security concerns were the primary reason the show was ending. Several reports stated that the Gaines family had trouble with people driving by their home and taking photos, making it a growing security concern for the family, primarily for their children.

But a representative for the couple is clearing up the rumors, assuring that Chip and Joanna simply need to catch their breath.

“Chip and Jo’s decision to leave “Fixer Upper” is truly just based on wanting to catch their breath for a minute; to rest, refresh and spend even more time with their family and growing business,” the rep told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s not based on concerns for their family’s safety or anything else people might read. They were very open and honest about their reasoning when they first shared the announcement.”

In their initial announcement, the couple shared, “We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show. We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause. Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger. 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.”

The final season of “Fixer Upper” is set to air on HGTV in November.