Scoop: Gaines’ ex-friends stand by ‘Fixer Upper’ fraud claim

John Lewis and Richard Clark, the plaintiffs in the $1 million fraud lawsuit against HGTV star Chip Gaines, aren’t buying the “Fixer Upper” guy’s tweet about them trying to contact him before they sued him.

“We have been attempting to resolve this matter privately for many months,” Lewis told In Touch, mentioning that there were “multiple attempts” to resolve their issues before resorting to legal action.

After the suit was filed in Waco, Texas last week, Gaines responded in a tweet, “I’ve had the same cell number for 15 years. Same e-mail for 20 years. No one called or emailed? Four years later ‘friends’ reach out via lawsuit — hum.”

Gaines’ former partners (and friends) claim he bought them out of Magnolia, their real estate company, for $5,000, without mentioning his deal with HGTV to air the home remodeling program, which became one of the network’s biggest hits.

In other HGTV news, Tarek and Christina El Moussa have flipped their attitude about returning to “Flip of Flop.”

Despite their nasty headline-making relationship woes and an announcement that there would be no more new episodes, the pair showed up on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmy Awards and shared on social media that they’ve signed for a seventh season. It appears as though the sale will go through, and they’ll stand to make a bundle.

BRAD’S SOBER

In an interview with GQ to promote his new Netflix movie “War Machine,” Brad Pitt spoke up for the first time since his split with Angelina Jolie. He talked about starting therapy, being sober for six months — even though he “could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka” — and working on sculpture at his friend Thomas Houseago’s studio.

In an interview with writer Michael Paterniti, the actor apparently only said Jolie’s name once.

QUICK TAKES

KQED won a Webby People’s Voice Award in science-education for its three-minute video “How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood” from its “Deep Look” program. … A new Smitten ice cream shop in the Mission is hosting a $30 ticketed taste off to benefit nonprofit La Cocina at 6 p.m. May 9, featuring contributions from Tina Stevens of a Girl Named Pinky, Gabriela Guerrero of Delicioso Creperie, Hang Truong of Noodle Girl Restaurant, Stephanie Fields of Sugarfoot Southern Food Kitchen, Charles Farriér of Crumble and Whisk and Carmen Figueroa Maturana of Meson de Violeta.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer RaeLynn is 23. … San Jose Shark Aaron Dell is 28. … Actress Ruth Negga is 36. … Singer Lance Bass is 38. … Bassist Mike Dirnt of Green Day is 45. … Actor Will Arnett is 47. … Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 50. … Singer Oleta Adams is 64. … Singer-actress Pia Zadora is 65. … Guitarist Dick Dale is 80.

— Staff, wire reports

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