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El Moussas Return in HGTV's 'Flip or Flop' in December

Separated spouses commit to 20 episodes for seventh season 4/24/2017 8:20 PM Eastern
Christina and Tarek El Moussa (HGTV)
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HGTV orders 20 episodes, more than a typical season, of hit series with ex-couple at host helm.

Fans of the hit HGTV real-estate series Flip or Flop, aware that high-profile married hosts Tarek and Christina El Moussa have separated and are divorcing in heavily reported fashion, will welcome news that the show and the hosts will return for an extended seventh series in December 2017.

Scripps Networks-owned HGTV ordered 20 episodes, making season seven an extra long season of the popular show, which was potentially in jeopardy after the couple separated last year. When they formally separated in December, they said they would continue with the series, as Variety reported

Five of the episodes are in post-production and the remaining episodes will be filmed by sometime this fall. The El Moussas ply their trade of finding, buying, renovating and flipping houses in Southern California.

HGTV said Flip or Flop attracted more than 17 million total viewers during its last season and has helped create an HGTV franchise that will extend to house flipping experts working in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Nashville and Chicago.

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“Tarek and Christina’s expertise and success flipping houses has made Flip or Flop an audience favorite on HGTV for many seasons,” Allison Page, General Manager, U.S. Programming and Development, HGTV, Food Network & Travel Channel, said in a release. “The series is so successful because it shows how real estate and renovation savvy can lead to financial success.”

The release had separate but similar statements from Christina (“Tarek and I have been working together for a long time and we look forward to continuing to work together on Flip or Flop”) and Tarek (“From the beginning, HGTV has shown Christina and me tremendous support and we are excited to go out there and flip many more houses for Flip or Flop.”)

The network said its cameras "captured the ups and downs of Tarek and Christina’s house flipping business as well as their family life. While the couple has separated, each one has turned the page to a new life that includes a continued commitment to running their house flipping business together and delivering fresh episodes of Flip or Flop."  

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