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When Chip and Joanna Gaines first started shooting “Fixer Upper” in 2013, their four kids went along for the ride.Â
“There were seasons where we were really dragging babiesÂ to some extent into scenes to try to create this thing or thatÂ thing,” Chip says. “If theÂ kidsÂ aren’tÂ interested in that, orÂ theirÂ heartsÂ arenâ€™tÂ in it, we createÂ aÂ realÂ tension inside our family, and this isnâ€™t going to work for us long term.”
It was part of the reason they decided to quit the series: “There was no drama … Jo and I just realized we needed a break from this reality, and we neededÂ to step back.”
So last yearÂ marked the end of the HGTV series that turned the Waco, Texas, couple into household names. It also marked the birth of their fifth child, son Crew, and the couple’s plan for a new cable network with HGTV parent Discovery, due in summer 2020.
“The kids are growing like weeds,” Joanna says. “Drake is now 14, and Iâ€™m joking with Chip heâ€™s going to be taller than him in aÂ year.” (Emmie Kay, Duke and Ella Rose are growing, too.)
So now that they’re older, how will the younger Gaineses figure into their parents’ plans to star in at least one new show that more broadly follows their burgeoning empire?
“We talked about this together,” Joanna says. “The kids are very aware of what this is and why weâ€™re doing it.Â If the kids want to be on it, theyâ€™ll be on it.Â Theyâ€™reÂ justÂ all getting to thisÂ beautifulÂ age where theyâ€™re starting to figure out whatÂ they love, what theyâ€™re passionate about. When they were younger, when we were doing ‘Fixer,’ it was natural for them to be on my hip.Â As they got older, we just never wanted to force the scene, we always told ourÂ kids, ‘If you want to be part of this, weâ€™ll put a mic on you.’Â If the kids wantÂ to do it, we would gladly welcome it, but weâ€™ll leave it up to them.”
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The early report: “Theyâ€™re excited for Mommy and Daddy,” Chip says.
“Theyâ€™ve got show ideas!” enthuses Joanna.Â Â
“We thought theyâ€™d pre-emptively say, ‘Oh, man, do we have to?’ ” Chip says. Instead, “they were like, ‘Aah,Â weâ€™re excited.’Â The next thing we know, they were writing in their little journals show ideas, and they were drawing little cartoon characters that wouldÂ representÂ ideas. It just was a real encouraging moment for Jo andÂ IÂ as parents to realize these kids are resilient, and they enjoy this more than we sometimes give them credit for.”
So about those ideas …
“We’re brainstorming with food,” Joanna says.Â “Iâ€™m always coming up with these cooking shows in my mind.Â I never know if it will come toÂ fruition, but my kids do the same thing;Â when weâ€™re in the kitchen, we pretend like itâ€™s a show.”.
Now that he’s older, “Drake likes the production side, editing,” while “Ella is our little businessÂ girl, always thinking about ways toÂ (feature) kids and entrepreneurialism. There’s a notebook full of ideas. Who knows what we’llÂ come upÂ with, but I love that their minds are spinning.”
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