HGTV’s Fixer Upper is such a hit because of its friendly hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines. The sweet couple seem solid and relatable, making it extra fun to watch them take on home-improvement projects. That’s why it’s particularly shocking to imagine Gaines as the cold-blooded hustler that his ex-partners at Magnolia Realty paint him to be in a new lawsuit.
Yesterday, John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed suit against Gaines and HGTV, alleging that he bought them out of Magnolia without disclosing that the company was about to be featured on television. They are seeking $1,000,000 in damages.
A day after news of the suit broke, Gaines tweeted a plaintive Bible verse. The line appears in John 1:5.
Gaines’ attorney Jordan Mayfield released a statement to People: “We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless,” he said. “And it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines.”
Execs at HGTV also issued a message, saying “We respect the privacy of our show hosts and will not comment on matters related to their personal lives or businesses.”