Chip Gaines might have the whole TV personality thing down to an art now, but he didn’t start out the goofy jokester Fixer Upper fans have come to expect.
In a new post on her website, which also includes a small excerpt from their upcoming book The Magnolia Story, Joanna Gaines shares some insight into one of Chip’s first interviews — and as it turns out, he was a little camera shy.
“He’s never met a stranger, really, and he doesn’t get nervous about much of anything,” Joanna writes. “But basically he was stuttering and stumbling over every word that fell out of his mouth.”
Although the interview was about — what else? — flipping houses, Joanna says it ended “about as well as it started,” also mentioning that Chip’s nervous chatter may not have even provided the journalist enough info to piece together a story.
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Chip has overcome his bout of stage fright since, but one thing about his first foray into TV has never changed: he works better when he’s got his partner in crime, Joanna, by his side.
“Don’t get me wrong, working with your spouse comes with its own set of challenges,” she writes. “But it’s very true that Chip and I balance each other out.”
Joanna promises more adorable stories of the power couple navigating reality TV life in their book, The Magnolia Story, due out in October.