Chip and Joanna Gaines have created an empire around their hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper. But with that success has come some setbacks, in the form of some backlash from people in Waco. Chip was sued by his former business partners, there was a $1 million lawsuit about their Magnolia Market at the Silos, and a complaints from a former couple on the show after a drunk driver crashed into their home. But Fox News talked to several other Fixer Upper couples, and they're speaking out to defend Chip and Jo.
Charmaine Hooper and Chuck Codd, featured on thesecond-ever episode of Fixer Upper, said they fully trusted Chip and Joanna with the remodel and never regretted it. And they noted their original house was even worse than the show let on. "I mean, it was a disaster," Codd said. "I was OK with whatever the result was going to be because I knew that it was going to be much nicer afterwards," Hopper noted.
Another couple, Dave Morrow and Marla Hendricks, who were featured in the show's first season, said they had a great experience with Chip and Jo, who put in extra work on the house. "We're not allowed to come by when they were working on it, but my neighbors told me there were five, six, seven trucks outside everyday until 9 or 10 o'clock at night," Morrow said. "It was a big push but they did a great job."
Joshua and Jill Barrett, who were on the show's second season, specifically addressed complaints from the owners of the "Three Little Pigs" house, who claim they were deceived into moving into a not-so-great neighborhood. The Barretts say the family should have researched the area before buying. "When you look out your front door and you see three bars and a sign that says 'Live Bait' and you look at your neighbors houses and they're just not the same quality of home that you're buying or you're renovating I think caveat emptor; I think it's buyer beware," Joshua said, adding he hasn't felt unsafe in Waco in the decades he's lived there. "I'm a little disappointed in that. I think it's not fair."
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