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In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

'Fixer Upper' was a security issue for stars Joanna and Chip Gaines


Updated October 04, 2017 12:24 PM EDT

Chip and Joanna Gaines decided to end the HGTV hit show "Fixer Upper" due to security reasons, according to Us Weekly.

"People drive by and like to take pictures in front of their house," the anonymous informant told Us Weekly. "I think they just want to take a step back from it."

The couple made the announcement the decision to end the show after the upcoming season on Sept. 26. In an emotional Instagram post, Joanna Gaines wrote, "Thank you all for watching, caring and cheering us on these past few years."

"We are overwhelmed by your support and your kindness," she continued. "You have become a part of our story forever. Season 5 of Fixer Upper is scheduled to start airing in November and we really have saved the best for last!"

The stars added that the decision was made by "us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment." The couple has four kids Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, 9, and Emmie, 7

America's beloved HGTV sweethearts, Chip and Joanna Gaines, have decided to say goodbye to their super popular home and design show "Fixer Upper," breaking the hearts of home improvement enthusiasts everywhere.

We know – what about the shiplap? What about the kids? What about the silos? Chip and Joanna assured fans in a blog post that everything was okay and that their decision came from a realization that they just needed to catch their breath.

"It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last," the couple wrote Tuesday on their blog. They said they plan "to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses."

Here's their announcement:

"Fixer Upper," which first aired in May 2013, follows the couple as they rebuild homes near the Waco, Texas area, and is one of HGTV's highest-rated programs. The show has been insanely successful and has helped the Gaines, who have a sort of rags to riches story, expand their Magnolia empire well-beyond home decor and improvement. They now have a brick-and-mortar retail outpost in Waco – Magnolia Market and the Silos – a restaurant, a bakery, a quarterly publication and a bestselling book to their name, "The Magnolia Story."

They also recently launched an exclusive home and design line with Target.

Chip and Joanna Gaines have become so much a part of everyone's families that the internet couldn't take it.

One person used Chip Gaines' goofball antics on the show to demonstrate her level of hurt.

Some people said they felt personally attacked, and honestly, same.

Others took the (totally tragic) news in stride.

But more importantly, who is going to reveal to us the true beauty of shiplap now? #RIPShiplap

The show's fifth and final season premieres in November.

"While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with," the post continued. "Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place."

Never change, Chip and Jo.

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