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Did HGTV Lose 'Fixer Upper' Stars Because Of Restrictive Contracts?

Page Six claims that Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are saying goodbye to HGTV because they are not happy with the network's "horrible contracts" and believe they can land a bigger deal with Discovery. 

According to an insider, talent contracts at Scripps—which owns HGTV—forces new talent, such as the Gaineses, to sign restrictive contracts that limit things like public appearances and product endorsements. 

The contracts were reportedly tightened following an incident involving celebrity chef Rachael Ray, who was able to make tens of millions of dollars from magazines, products, and endorsements without paying Scripps because of how her contract was written. 

The Gaineses have since denied they're leaving HGTV for a more lucrative contract.