America loves watching Chip and Joanna Gaines renovate houses on their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper. But it’s not all shiplap, custom islands, and sunny windows in Waco, Texas. During their years on the air, Chip and Joanna have weathered a variety of different controversies and scandals.
Below, check out the biggest Fixer Upper controversies that have hit the HGTV stars over the years.
1. Critics have claimed that ‘Fixer Upper’ is ‘fake’
Everybody knows that reality TV doesn’t always have much to do with reality. But HGTV fans don’t like learning that things aren’t exactly as they seem. When it came to light that many homeowners have already chosen a home when cameras start rolling, many Fixer Upper critics called the show a “fake.” But the casting application never hid the fact that many applicants had already purchased their home or at least had one in mind.
Critics also expressed indignation that homeowners don’t get to keep all the furniture and accessories used to stage the house — even though we all know that the high-end furniture and antiques get pretty expensive.