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HGTV’s popular Fixer Upper team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have received an abject apology from a writer who questioned whether they were neglecting their children in pursuit of business goals.
Writer Daryl Austin has issued an apology in a column for Fox News, saying a trip to Mexico made him question his initial take in a column for USA Today on the Gaines family, whom he does not know. In that column, Austin said the husband and wife team “don’t put family first” while they run multiple businesses. The Gaines family has four young children and a fifth on the way.
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Chip Gaines responded on Twitter to the initial column denying the charge and insisting that family always comes first with he and his wife. “I don’t know daryl, & he clearly doesn’t know me,” Chip Gaines tweeted. “But for the record: If there is ever a need w/my family (1st), I’ll shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin. BUT jo & I believe, w/God anything is possible. Including having an amazing family AND career you love.”
Austin’s USA Today column raised the issue of how the Gaines team can possibly devote enough time to their children, given their multiple business lines. “No matter how rich and famous, we are all limited by the same 24 hours in a day,” Austin wrote. “You cannot do all they’ve done (or even a fraction of it) and still have any real time left over for family. Frankly, I wonder where they even find the time to...
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