HGTV's "Fixer Upper" with Joanna and Chip Gaines begins airing its fifth, and last, season in November. (Courtesy HGTV)

Season five of ‘Fixer Upper’ with Chip and Jo still to go

It’s been a week since Chip and Joanna Gaines announced they were leaving HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” but people are still reeling over the news and imagining the heartbreak of life without shiplap.

Even though the Waco, Texas couple famous for turning dilapidated houses into showplaces (at prices Bay Area home owners covet in their fantasies) revealed they wanted to take “time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give love and attention to our family and our businesses,” more recent reports indicate they’re worried about security.

A source in Us Weekly said, “People drive by and like to take pictures in front of their house. I think they just want to take a step back from it.”

It doesn’t seem that surprising, since the family business is a bona fide empire. The Dallas Observer reported that the show and the Gaines-owned Magnolia marketplace, which started as a modest retail store but is now a 20,000-square-foot barn with food trucks and a bakery — brings 40,000 people to town each week.

Apparently there was some concern about keeping the kids — Drake, 12, Ella, 10, Duke, 9, and Emmie, 7 — out of the spotlight. (Um, but they’re often featured on TV.)

Still, Chip and Jo aren’t disappearing from public life. They’ve written books, started a home decor line and apparently are planning to open a restaurant.

Jo, however, says websites illegally selling skin care products with her name on them (with endorsements from Reba McEntire and Chelsea Clinton, yet!) are scams.

Meanwhile, the final season five of “Fixer Upper” — filled with concrete countertops, repurposed wood, painted fireplaces and massive kitchen islands — is slated to start airing in November. And before that, there’s a spinoff, “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design.”

KIDS’ POTRERO HILL MURAL

On Saturday, Oct. 7, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., children from Daniel Webster and Starr King elementary schools in Potrero Hill will be among the youngsters painting what officials are calling the “largest collaborative mural in San Francisco designed and painted solely by kids.”
The Rebuild Potrero project, led by the local community art nonprofit 1 Brush Initiative (founded by Ian Ross and Daniele Rocha and directed by Strider Patton) is happening on Missouri Street at Turner Terrace.

QUICK TAKES

“Glee” actor Mark Salling agreed to plead guilty to possessing a cache of child pornography. … Lionel Richie said he is “scared to death” about his youngest daughter, Sofia Richie, 19, dating 34-year-old reality star Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s ex.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 34. … Actress Kate Winslet is 42. … Singer Colin Meloy of The Decemberists is 43. … Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is 59. … Singer Bob Geldof is 63. … Singer-guitarist Steve Miller is 73.

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