'Fixer Upper' shocker: Season 5 will be the last

In a surprise announcement, America's favorite Fixer Upper's, Chip and Joanna Gaines are calling it quits on their HGTV show. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).

Shut the front door.

Chip and Joanna Gaines have finished their last Fixer Upper. Season 5 of their popular HGTV home-renovation series, due in November, will be the final season for the show, according to a blog post on the Texas couple's website.

Their message to fans reads: "It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last. While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place."

It continues: "Though our Fixer Upper chapter is coming to a close, we aren’t done with Waco. We aren’t done renovating homes. We aren’t done designing things to make your home your favorite place on earth. ...  we are just getting started."

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The news comes after a lawsuit, accusing Chip of fraud, was filed in April by John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, his former Magnolia Realty partners. The lawsuit accused him of persuading his then-colleagues to sell their ownership stakes at Magnolia Realty before he was prominently featured on Fixer Upper. Lewis and Clark demanded more than $1 million and the return of their ownership stakes. Chip's response at the time was that he was taken by surprise that friends who had his phone number decided to reach out to him with a lawsuit.

The Gaines' HGTV series has contributed to the success of their Magnolia brand. They are best-selling authors and have a magazine as well.  But don't worry, fans: They don't appear to be finished with TV either, their Tuesday message references the Fixer Upper spinoff Behind the Design, which focuses on how Joanna comes up with the designs for the homes they have renovated. Fans got a sneak peek of that show earlier this year.  Their statement reads: "There’s so much good, new stuff coming your way!"

HGTV's statement about the news backs the couple's decision. "We’ve all been on an incredible journey with Chip and Joanna for five years.  It takes a huge amount of time and creative energy to make a phenomenal series like Fixer Upper. We understand their decision to spend more time with their family. Like all of their fans, we want only the best for them and they know they will always have a home at HGTV."

The couple's farewell note Tuesday acknowledged their supporters, "We will forever be thankful for HGTV and this opportunity of a lifetime. We are also thankful to our production company, High Noon Entertainment and our amazing producers and crew on the ground here in Waco. We are grateful for them and for you."

Season 5 will premier on HGTV on November 28.

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