The former couple has been joking about their past relationship on the ninth season of their hit HGTV show

By Hannah Chubb
December 10, 2020 01:01 PM

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead have no problem joking about their past relationship — and they’ve been cracking each other up it on the new season of Flip or Flop

In an exclusive preview of Thursday’s episode, above, El Moussa, 39, and Anstead, 37, joke around about their former marriage — and the friendly co-parenting relationship they have now — while walking through a “creepy” home they're flipping in Orange, California. 

“We’ve bought over 100 houses and I’ve never seen this,” the mom of three says in the preview. At one point, as she's about to turn a corner and head down a dingy hallway, Anstead stops and tells El Moussa, “You go first.” 

“Every time there’s a creepy situation, I’m the first one that has to go down the hallway,” El Moussa explains in an aside recapping the uncertain moment. Anstead replies, “Of course, you’re the man.”

El Moussa turns to his ex-wife and exclaims, “I am the man, but I’m not your man anymore! Which means I don’t have to do it anymore.”

Tarek El Moussa, Christina Anstead and their kids
| Credit: HGTV

Anstead laughs and shoots back, “Uh, you’re still the father to my children!”

“So what you’re saying is I still have to go and do the weird stuff,” El Moussa says, to which Anstead promptly responds, “Always.”

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The former couple, who share daughter Taylor, 10, and son Brayden, 5, have co-hosted the HGTV renovation show together since 2013. They split publicly in December 2016 after seven years of marriage, finalizing their divorce in January 2018.

El Moussa got engaged to Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young, 33, in July after one year of dating, and they are currently designing their dream home in Newport Beach, California, and planning a wedding for summer 2021.

Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa
| Credit: Heather Rae Young Instagram

Anstead, meanwhile, shocked fans in mid-September when she announced her split from her second husband, TV presenter Ant Anstead, whom she married in December 2018. The couple share 14-month-old son Hudson London.

Last month, the Christina on the Coast star filed for joint custody of Hudson. She is seeking shared physical and legal custody of her son, PEOPLE can confirm.

Flip or Flop airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on HGTV