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Why Chip Gaines Said HGTV Gave Him a ‘No, No, No, No,’ to ‘Fixer Upper’

HGTV’s Fixer Upper put Chip and Joanna Gaines on the map, and they grew their Magnolia business based in Waco, Texas, following the success of their TV series. Chip recently reflected on the humble beginnings of Fixer Upper. He said HGTV initially told him and Joanna that the show was a firm “no” for the network.

Chip Gaines said HGTV initially gave him and Joanna Gaines a firm ‘no’ to ‘Fixer Upper’

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Chip and Joanna Gaines weren’t immediately successful in their quest to turn their house-flipping ventures into a hit TV series. While speaking at the Qualtrics X4 summit in March 2023, Chip spoke about his and his wife’s early difficulties. He explained that HGTV didn’t want to give them Fixer Upper.



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