Texas-based reality TV star Chip Gaines took to social media on Saturday to respond to a $1 million lawsuit filed by his former partners.
“Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 years.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later ‘friends’ reach out via lawsuit.. humm,” Gaines 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 (@chipgaines) April 29, 2017
Gaines and wife Joanna are the popular hosts of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” and they are no strangers to controversy after enduring an attack by the left for their Christian beliefs.
At the center of the lawsuit is the Magnolia Real Estate Company, on which the hit TV show is based.
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Last week Magnolia’s cofounders John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark filed a $1 million lawsuit against Gaines, alleging that he bought them out of the company days before his HGTV series premiered in May 2013 and paid them $2,500 for their shares.
Lewis and Clark claim that Gaines didn’t tell them that HGTV was set to air the home renovation show nationally and “the show prominently featured the ‘Magnolia’ brand name” before the sale.”
The trio founded the company in 2007 with just one real estate agent. According to the suit Magnolia now has 93 agents in several offices in Texas.
An attorney representing Gaines told Fox News that the lawsuit “will be found to be meritless.”
“It is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” the lawyer said.
As for Gaines’ Christian beliefs, he tweeted Bible verse John 1:5 the same day news of the lawsuit hit:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
— Chip Gaines (@chipgaines) April 28, 2017
And just as they did during the liberal attack on their religion, the Gaines’ fan base is 100% behind them.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@mtrozzo Don’t tell jo I’m up
— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 29, 2017
— 3rdLargestCity (@3rdLargestCity) April 29, 2017
@chippergaines As not your attorney here; I’d advise not tweeting on this topic. Best of luck
— Brett (@Aredraider) April 29, 2017
— ValuesCommon (@ValuesCommon) April 29, 2017
@chippergaines They don’t need your cell or email. They need Jesus. ???
— iPatsy ツ (@PatsyBurnette) April 29, 2017
@chippergaines Jealousy is a terrible thing! Probably all because you’re so successful, all your fans are behind you 100%, inc. those of us across the pond
— Toby, Henry & Me (@AolCatherine) April 29, 2017
@chippergaines I hear you, Chip. Funny how people come out of the woods when you become famous.
— Rick Acosta (@Rickac99) April 29, 2017
@chippergaines This too shall pass
— -theYeti (@Rowdyyates1) April 29, 2017
In an unrelated matter, Joanna Gaines responded last week to rumors that she was leaving the hit show to peddle facial creams.
In a piece titled “Don’t believe everything you read,” posted on her blog At Home blog, Gaines denied the scuttlebutt.
“So many things are happening right now and it feels like we are moving at the speed of light,” she wrote. “At times, it’s even hard to keep our own parents in the loop. It’s true. At this point in our career we can honestly say, we’ve heard it all — from reports of us moving our family to Vegas to us having more or less children than we actually have. So remember, you can’t believe everything you read.” […]
“We are so thankful for your support—we wouldn’t be here without you! And just in case you were wondering, YES! We are currently filming season 5 of the show. No! I am not getting into the business of facial creams. And No! We are not expecting baby #5. And no worries, believing some of these stories happens to the best of us.”
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