As one HGTV couple’s marriage crumbles into a pile of dusty plaster and wood lath, the foundation for another HGTV marriage has just been poured. People magazine has announced that last night, Property Brothers Drew Scott, aka the business in the front to Jonathan’s party in the back, got engaged to his girlfriend of six years Linda Phan.
Another Fixer Upper scandal was born the other day when Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur wrote a piece about how the show’s stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines, belong to an evangelical megachurch that is 100% against same-sex marriage. I would’ve been surprised if the evangelical megachurch they belong to wasn’t against same-sex marriage. There’s been many gay and lesbian couples on other HGTV shows, but none have been on Fixer Upper. So Kate wondered if Chip and Joanna co-sign their church’s beliefs. A gay Christian writer called Buzzfeed’s article a “hit piece” in an op-ed for The Washington Post and others called it a “witch hunt” and a non-story.
HGTV said in a statement that they don’t discriminate against LGBT couples on any of their shows. And the pastor of Chip and Joanna’s church, Antioch Community Church, claims that they don’t hate the LGBT community and they’re “open” to showing support. Meanwhile, this drama has caused Chip and Joanna’s HGTV arch rivals (in my head) and alleged scammers, Tarek and Christina El Moussa of Flip or Flop, to cackle loudly before fighting over whether the wood floors in their newest flip should be grey or grey.
Because I just love some good ole’ HGTV drama (I am still waiting for a scandal involving that annoying Flip Or Flop couple), here’s a story about how that Fixer Upper couple hates seeing their work on home rental sites more than they hate wood that hasn’t been tastefully distressed. The Waco Tribune says that at least six houses in Waco, TX that Chip and Joanna Gaines renovated on Fixer Upper are available for you to rent nightly on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Chip and Joanna don’t like that, and it seems like future contracts with homeowners will have a “NO RENTING IT OUT OR ELSE” clause in it. Sorry, tricks, but only Chip and Joanna are allowed to make $$$$ from their show, thankyouverymuch.