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HGTV had a good thing going with Flip or Flop for its first six seasons, but behind-the-scenes issues have put the future of the series in question. We already knew for sure that we'd be getting a Season 7, and many of us figured that it would be around the same length as previous seasons. Now, however, reports indicate that Flip or Flop will run for only five episodes in Season 7.
The future of Flip or Flop came into question when news broke that stars Christina El Moussa and Tarek El Moussa were getting a divorce. Both Christina and Tarek seemed willing to move forward with the show despite the divorce, and Christina even said that since their working relationship predated their marriage, there was no reason why they shouldn't be able to continue working together on the show. According to In Touch, however, that wasn't exactly the case. A source has indicated that the duo wanted to see how working together would work after the divorce, and so only shot five episodes.
Apparently, Christina and Tarek El Moussa signed on for the original five with the understanding that they would consider signing for five more if all went well. The source claims that the two have not signed on for any more episodes. The news of the low episode count comes shortly after we learned that nothing has been scheduled to film for a Season 8 and Christina is considering pursuing her own show in reality TV, so fans shouldn't get their hopes up for another batch of episodes following the final five of Season 7.
Those fans will undoubtedly be disappointed by the reveal of only five episodes in Season 7. The assurances from the El Moussas seemed to point toward Flip or Flop continuing indefinitely, simply without their marriage as a factor. Past seasons have run for no fewer than 13 episodes, and Season 6 even got 17 episodes. The drop down to five is pretty drastic, and it's pretty easy to imagine that the episodes we do get won't be as much fun as previous seasons. It sounds like the relationship between the hosts was pretty strained.
We'll have to wait and see. The good news is that the Flip or Flop franchise won't be done even if the five episodes of Season 7 are the last that we ever see of Christina and Tarek El Moussa as hosts. HGTV has ordered five spinoffs of Flip or Flop, which will follow house flippers in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, and Texas. The future of original recipe Flip or Flop has not been confirmed, but the spinoffs are moving forward.