Three months after Tarek El Moussa filed for divorce from his wife Christina, the exes have signed on for more episodes of their hit HGTV series Flip or Flop — extending the current seventh season to 20 episodes.
“Tarek and I have been working together for a long time and we look forward to continuing to work together on Flip or Flop,” Christina tells PEOPLE in a exclusive statement. Adds Tarek: “From the beginning, HGTV has shown Christina and me tremendous support and we are excited to go out there and flip many more houses for Flip or Flop.”
The couple split in May 2016 — after a tearful Christina, 33, called 911 reporting Tarek, 35, had taken a gun into a forested park behind their Yorba Linda, Calif. home — but continued to publicly play house through December 2016 when holiday-themed promos featuring the pair were airing on HGTV even as news of their split broke. Episodes from the current seventh season have continued to air — and be filmed — as their divorce plays out in the media.
Christina has admitted that she and Tarek had been driving to set separately for months before going public about their split, but that continuing to film and hosting lucrative seminars together “is just normal to us,” she told PEOPLE in February. “We had fun onstage together and went home to different houses, but we both went home happy. It’s comfortable for us to work together,” she added of doing an appearance with Tarek in Las Vegas on Feb. 10.
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Tarek is currently living in Newport Beach and told PEOPLE in March that he’s currently “adjusting” to splitting custody of daughter Taylor, 6, and son Brayden, 20 months, “pretty much 50-50” with Christina. “We had a talk and said, ‘We still want the kids to understand we’re a unit—that we’re still a family even if we’re not together,’ ” he said.
Flip or Flip premiered in 2013 with the couple making a reported $10,000 per episode. Over the past seven seasons, the reality series has become one of the network’s most popular shows and spawned spinoffs featuring house flipping experts working in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Nashville and Chicago.
“Tarek and Christina’s expertise and success flipping houses has made Flip or Flop an audience favorite on HGTV for many seasons,” says Allison Page, the general manager for U.S. programming and development for HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel. “The series is so successful because it shows how real estate and renovation savvy can lead to financial success.”
Flip or Flop‘s current, super-sized season of 20 episodes will continue to run through the end of 2017.