Chip Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” has responded to the lawsuit filed against him by his former business partners.
On Saturday, Gaines addressed the news on Twitter and, at the same time, seemingly called out his former “friends.” Judging by the tweet, we think it’s safe to say Gaines isn’t too impressed by the whole situation.
Fyi: Ive had the same cell # 15 yrs.. same email for 20 yrs. No one called or emailed? 4 years later "friends" reach out via lawsuit.. humm
— Chip Gaines (@chippergaines) April 29, 2017
Gaines’ previous partners, lawyers John L. Lewis and Richard L. Clark, are suing him for over a million dollars, claiming he bought them out of their shares in Magnolia Realty without telling them about HGTV’s decision to air “Fixer Upper.” Lewis and Clark reportedly allege they were pressured to sell their shares before they were aware of how much “Fixer Upper” would increase Magnolia’s value.
“We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines,” Gaines’ attorney, Jordan Mayfield, told HuffPost via email.
HGTV told HuffPost the network is aware of the lawsuit but did not comment any further.