Many Americans were taken by surprise when Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that they would be ending their hit series with HGTV.
A lot of people suspected that maybe it was due to their Christian beliefs, but alas that is not what caused Chip and Jo to walk away from their hugely popular show.
During a recent interview with Oprah, the couple revealed that the fame that came along with the show took away a piece of themselves.
And they also said that the show went from being “organic” and off the cuff, to extremely “staged,” and they felt uncomfortable with that.
“TV was a funny thing for me,” Chip told Cowboys & Indians in 2018. “I’m an authentic, sincere person. So, as long as things are natural and organic, I’m in my element. But the more staged something becomes, or the more required something becomes, it boxes me up.
“I just struggled with that environment. Especially at the end of it. … The last two years, not that we don’t look back on them fondly, but they were more of a job. So, something about breaking out of that has been liberating.”
Recently, the Gaines have touched on that topic again in an interview with Oprah, according to People. The hostess, who knows a thing or two about fame, shared a bit of her own perspective.
“I want to speak on Jo’s behalf, because she would never say things like this, but she is so incredibly wise, so incredibly grounded — all the things that you just described, is who Joanna is,” he said, according to video obtained by People. “And to be really frank, I thought that’s who I was also.
“But really what happened — and was the truth for Jo and I — was it was no big deal for her, but for me to become famous, I lost a part of myself that was really … it was sad, and I would say it took me a year or two while I was still filming to try to grapple with what exactly it was that I was losing.”
During that year off, Chip added that he was able to “hunker down and really kind of try to unpack what it was about fame that seemed so incompatible with my personality.”
Well, that’s definitely a very understandable reason why they would walk away, and kudos to them for making that move.
There are not many people who would give all of that up in order to stay true to themselves.
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