'Fixer Upper' stars Joanna and Chip Gaines talk show's end - WSMV News 4

'Fixer Upper' stars Joanna and Chip Gaines talk show's end

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In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP) In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (Meredith/AP) — The couple behind HGTV's "Fixer Upper" is opening up about the reasons for ending the show after its fifth season, which premieres next month.

In an interview with People magazine, Chip and Joanna Gaines cite a grueling 11-month production schedule as a reason for the show's end. Chip Gaines says the show was demanding time from him that he needed to be giving to the couple's businesses, relationship and family.

The couple also took to Twitter in September when they announced the show's ending.

Joanna Gaines isn't ruling out the possibility of a return to TV, saying "you just never know."

The Gaines' also addressed rumors of marital problems. The two say they have a solid marriage that Chip describes as in "a really good place."

[Read: Chip and Joanna Gaines to call it quits on 'Fixer Upper' after fifth season]

Launched in 2013, "Fixer Upper" follows the two as they redo houses near their Texas home.

The Gaines' have taken their Magnolia Homes brand to print as well, including their magazine, The Magnolia Journal.

Here’s also what they said:

This has been an amazing adventure! 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.

They also said they aren’t done designing, renovating, and restoring homes.

“In fact, in all of these things, we are just getting started,” the Gaines said.

Twitter was sad about the ending of the show but supportive of the star couple.

Disclaimer: Meredith Corporation, which owns this station, publishes The Magnolia Journal.

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