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Fixer Upper's Chip Gaines Thought HGTV Offer Was a Scam at First

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Fixer Upper is now the most-watched show of all time on HGTV — but can you believe it almost didn’t happen?

During an appearance on Tuesday’s Today show, Chip and Joanna Gaines revealed that when they first got the call from the network offering them a reality show, Chip was wary.

“He was like: ‘It’s a scam, do not call them back,’ ” recalled Joanna.

Added Chip with a laugh: “No way, José!”

The show, which premiered in 2013, is now hugely popular — something the couple sees as “just an honor.”

“It’s an honor that people are tuned into our family and what we do for a living,” said Chip.

RELATED VIDEO: HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal ‘We Were Broke!’ Before Fixer Upper

The duo have also painted their hometown of Waco, Texas, in a new light, bringing in up to 35,000 visitors a week and making their booming retail mega store, Magnolia Market at the Silos, the biggest tourist attraction in the city.

“It’s mind-boggling,” admitted Chip. “How this made such an impact and such a connection with so many people is mind-boggling. Waco, Texas did not have the best reputation on the planet. We had quite a few decades of some pretty unfortunate circumstances and for us to be able to breathe some fresh air into our little town has been a great honor.”

In addition to raising their four kids together, the two are typically flipping six to eight houses at a time. During production, they usually start at around 8 a.m., wrapping at around 3 or 4 p.m.

So how do they handle spending so much time working together?

“It’s not for everybody!” said Chip with a laugh. “Somehow the cards were dealt and Jo and I love to work together. We love to be together, but we joke to some of our friends that if we hadn’t gotten so lucky we probably would have killed each other by now.”

Ultimately, Joanna said she wants people to know that they’re “just a normal couple from Waco.”

“We’re passionate about what we do, we love the business of home and we really like each other,” she added.

Fixer Upper season 4 premieres Nov. 29 on HGTV, and Chip and Joanna’s new book The Magnolia Story is available here.