Chip and Joanna Gaines want their new network to reflect their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“As an American white male, it’s hard to be perfectly diverse,” Chip shared with The Hollywood Reporter. “In our own company, we’ve got nearly 700 employees, and one of our biggest passions is making this group represent all people.”
This comes after they were questioned as to why they never featured a same sex couple on Fixer Upper.
Then the couple came under fire for donating $1000. to Chip’s sister who was running for the school board in Fort Worth, Texas. Shortly after the donation, his sister spoke out against teaching critical race theory in schools.
“The accusations that get thrown at you, like you’re a racist or you don’t like people in the LGBTQ community, that’s the stuff that really eats my lunch — because it’s so far from who we really are,” Joanna shared. “That’s the stuff that keeps me up.”
The Magnolia Network launches July 15th on Discovery + and will feature hosts from different backgrounds. Jonathan Morris, a black man, is the host of the series “Self Employed,” while the show “Road to Launch” with Jamila Norman is led by a woman of color. Openly gay interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn also has a show on the Magnolia Network.