Is Fixer Upper Fake? The Shocking Evidence On Chip and Joanna Gaines's Hit show

Chip and Joanna Gaines have turned into American's new "it couple" with a hit TV show on HGTV, Fixer Upper, a new furniture and accessories line, and even their own home decor magazine.

But how much of what we see on Fixer Upper is real and how much is fake? Now, shocking revelations from prior customers of the Gaines who starred on the show blows the lid off of the hit TV show.

The typical set up for Fixer Upper is for Chip and Joanna Gaines to show a couple 3 homes around Waco, Texas. The homes are usually those in need of serious renovation.

Chip and Joanna Gaines then provide the couples with a mockup of what the home could look like once they implement a full scale design and renovation of the home.

The couple then chooses the home based on the vision Chip and Joanna Gaines build for them.

How much of what we see on TV is real, however? First, a client from Season 3 of Fixer Upper says that the furniture and accessories that Joanna Gaines uses to decorate the finished home are actually only used to stage the home for the "big reveal" of the TV show and don't remain in the home.

Another participant in the show recently shared that the scenes in which Chip and Joanna accompany couples around Waco, Texas to go house hunting are also fake.

According to another Season 3 client, David Ridley, who spoke to Star, in order to participate in the show you have to have a home already under contract.

Given the details of the casting call for the upcoming Season 5 of the Fixer Upper, Ridley's report seems to add up. Here's an excerpt from a recent casting call:

CALL FIXER UPPER!!

Fixer Upper is back for our 5th Season and casting for homebuyers in the Waco area.

To be eligible you must:

*Be buying a home within 40 miles of Waco, TX

*Be outgoing, energetic and fun!

*Be in need of expert design and construction help for your new fixer upper home

*Have a minimum $30,000 budget for the renovation (financial contribution should be proportional to the amount of renovations your new home will need)

Finally, do couples actually pay for the renovations themselves or does HGTV foot the bill? While the casting call certainly requires candidates to have their own budget set aside for renovations, according to the Waco Tribune, the producers will throw in additional costs of design an landscaping.

So there you have it! As usual, reality TV shows aren't always 100% reality.

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