If there is one thing we have learned in the last few months, it’s that Joanna Gaines is the Griselda Blanco of DIY and home renovation. When Joanna and Chip Gaines, her husband, announced last year they were quitting their HGTV show Flip or Flop, landfills across America wept wondering what might happen if Chip and Joanna weren’t around to pilfer through the dump for wood to reclaim. It quickly emerged that HGTV is kind of a cheapskate with talent, and the Gaineses wanted more moolah and a less restrictive boss since lighting those silos set them back some Benjis. While Joanna may be pious for an hour on Sundays, she shows the spirit of Kris Jenner lords over Waco for the rest of her week when it comes to making money. That theme now apparently extends to our legal system.
Page Six is out with a report saying Joanna won’t get $150,000 an hour to sit for a deposition. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “No shit. I can barely get $20 to sit for jury duty, so who does she thinks is?”
Well, Joanna has been summoned to be deposed in a lawsuit. A source says she demanded she be paid an appearance fee if she couldn’t answer her deposition questions in writing and needed to be seen in person. While her company with Chip is not directly involved in the lawsuit, they are apparently getting brought in since she’s the one who realized something was up. Standard Furniture Manufacturing Company was hired to sell high-end furniture for Chip and Jo’s Magnolia Home Furniture line. A company called LF Products put the shit together, but Joanna allegedly found out the manufacturer switched out the agreed upon materials.
LF argued the Gaineses were heavily involved in the process and should show up, and the judge appears to agree, saying they have relevant information…information that will not come at the rate of $150K per hour! Joanna was asked to sit twice, and she tried to swat back, saying she “has no relevant information because the suit turns on whether the shipped furniture conforms to the contract specifications” and “her deposition would be duplicative since she has no unique knowledge relevant to the case.”
Imagine Joanna barking at Chip and a team of lawyers to fire that kind of language off to a judge the next time you see her showing a blind grandma around her new shiplapped-to-shit home in Waco. Kind of ruins the holy sweet tea aura, doesn’t it??