Chip & Joanna Gaines Were Scared 'Fixer Upper' Would Cause Marital Problems

Chip & Joanna Gaines Were Scared 'Fixer Upper' Would Cause Marital Problems

Chip and Joanna Gaines took on rumors about why they decided to quit “Fixer Upper” — and they did it on live TV!

When asked about rumors that they ended their run on “Fixer Upper” because of their marriage, Chip shared on “Today” on Tuesday morning, "I give them a little credence. For us, the most important thing in the world is Jo and I’s relationship, followed very quickly by these four beautiful kids. We didn’t want to push it, redline it for so long that we woke up and realized we are at a point of no return. We wanted to take a step back and focus on the thing that was absolutely the most important thing to us in the world.”

Chip elaborated about their 15-year marriage, "People in our inner circle, I tell them we’re as healthy as we’ve ever been, I just didn’t want to keep pushing this envelope to the fullest extent. We’re really thankful that we had the opportunity to step back and take a break.”

The pair recently revealed that they ended the show after the fifth season to spend more time with their kids, who would ask, "‘Mom and Dad, do you guys have to film again today? When is this going to be over?’” Joanna told People magazine, "The kids were so young when we started. Fast-forward to today and our oldest is almost a teenager — they’re all growing up so quickly.”