Writer Who Attacked Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Family Values Offers Apology

July 03, 2018Jul 03, 2018

Two months ago, a columnist for a newspaper described Chip and Joanna Gaines as a work-first, family-second couple.

Daryl Austin, writing for USA Today, wrote in his opinion piece in April that there was no way Chip and Joanna could be as successful as they were by putting the needs of their kids first.

“There is much to be admired about them, including their commitments to their faith, marriage, family and community,” Austin wrote. “There’s an important distinction, however, that I think their millions of fans and would-be imitators need to remember: Chip and Joanna Gaines did not get where they are now by putting their family first.”

Chip tweeted in response, “I don’t know Daryl, & he clearly doesn’t know me. But for the record: If there is ever a need w/ my family (1st), I’ll shut this circus down so fast it will make your head spin. BUT jo & I believe w/ God anything is possible. Including having an amazing family AND career you love.”

Chip and Joanna recently welcomed their fifth child, Crew Gaines, on June 23rd. 

Austin has now apologized to the Gaines’s. in May, he wrote in a Fox News piece that he was sorry for his comments http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/05/24/chip-and-joanna-gaines-im-sorry-slammed-your-family-values-please-accept-my-apology.html and recently apologized to them personally.

“I already respected them a lot, despite some concerns I addressed in that article, but now I respect them even more,” he told PEOPLE

The Gaines’s offered Austin a free stay at one of their vacation rental homes in Waco, Texas, but Austin turned it down because he did not feel “comfortable with them paying for it,” reported Entertainment Weekly. He said he would visit the city one day. 

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