'Fixer Upper' Star Chip Gaines Addresses Lawsuit Filed by Former 'Friends'

Joanna and Chip Gaines
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This reality star is speaking up and responding to his former business partners who are currently suing him. Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines took to Twitter to call out his former "friends" who are accusing him of keeping news of the show to himself while buying them out of the business they shared. But the home renovation guru is having none of it!


Last week, the Magnolia Real Estate Company's cofounders John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed a $1 million lawsuit against Gaines, HGTV's parent company, and Fixer Upper's production company, and are hoping to recoup monetary damages and other benefits they'd have received had they still been partners in the business. 

The duo claims that Gaines bought out their interest in the company for $2,500 each in 2013, just two days before announcing that he and his wife Joanna would be starting the HGTV show and using the company's name. 

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Of course, as we all know, the couple has found a huge following and their company has mushroomed and grown to include several locations throughout Texas and as many as 93 real estate agents. 

While his former partners believe Chip keeping the reality show news to himself was deceptive, the father of four is trying to not let it bother him. 

On Friday evening, he posted the following tweets: 

Chip Gaines Twitter

Fans of the show won't find it surprising that Gaines turned to the good book for comfort. But as the night wore on, he seemed to have more on his mind. 

chip Gaines Twitter

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Gaines does have a point. It seems odd that his former partners would take four years to file suit, especially when you consider that the show's pilot aired in May of 2013.  

Many speculate that this is just a chance for Lewis and Clark (what are the odds?) to cash in on the success of the hardworking couple. 

When Gaines bought them out, yes, he might have known he was going to appear on television, but he had no way of knowing that the show would enjoy the popularity it has. It could've just as easily been a flop. 

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It'll be interesting to see what happens next in this case, but it seems like once you sell your interest in your business, what the new owner does next with it is his business (pun intended). 

This isn't the first time the couple, who also has a magazine and paint line, has found themselves embroiled in unwanted controversy. Last December, they were asked to speak out after their pastor's anti-LGBTQ stance was discovered.

The pair weathered that storm and fans are probably sure they'll come through this one with their trademark flair.  

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