Fixer Upper Star Chip Gaines Responds to Former Partners' Lawsuit
Fixer Upper host, Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines who has been accused of conspiring to cheat his ex-partners took to Twitter on Saturday, April 29, to respond to the lawsuit filed by his former partners over his successful Magnolia Real Estate Company.
"Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 years.. same email for 20 yrs," the Fixer Upper star, 42, wrote. "No one called or emailed? 4 years later 'friends' reach out via lawsuit.. humm." He tweeted.
Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later "friends" reach out via lawsuit.. humm— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 29, 2017
The Fixer Upper host tweeted the post just the day after Magnolia co-founders John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed a $1 million lawsuit against him, claiming that he had bought them out of the company two days before his HGTV series premiered in May 2013 and paid them $2,500 each for their shares.
Fixer Upper Host Chip Gaines along with wife Joanna Gaines
Moreover, Lewis and Clarke also claimed that Gains didn't inform them that HGTV had further plans to broadcast the reality show Fixer Upper nationally and that "the show prominently featured the 'Magnolia' brand name" before the sale.
However, in a statement to Us Weekly, Gaines attorney, Jordan Mayfield, claimed the allegations to be wrong and said, "We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines."