Flip or Flop has been a mainstay on HGTV for years, which is a bit of a feat considering the high-profile divorce of its stars Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack. The two split back in 2017 and officially divorced in 2018 but Flip or Flop has been going strong in the time since. Well, perhaps “strong” is the wrong adjective, as news broke this week that Tarek El Moussa allegedly lost his cool and went off on Christina Haack on set.
Reports from the set of the HGTV show indicate that Tarek El Moussa was not particularly jazzed when Christina Haack reportedly decided to let the crew know she was ready to start filming a recent scene. A verbal tirade came next, with TMZ even reporting that El Moussa made comparisons between Haack and his new fiancee, Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young. El Moussa has been engaged to Young since July of 2020.
If true, these comparisons reportedly got pretty intense, with the outlet noting he called Christina Haack a “washed up loser” and noted his own partner is richer and hotter than his ex-wife. Things have been intense between the couple on set before and several times they’ve reportedly had to film scenes separately or cool off for the day. To note, Tarek El Moussa also allegedly told her he's "winning" presumably at the game of life, which is something Charlie Sheen also used to exclaim.
Despite their Flip or Flop co-partnership Christina Haack is arguably -- or maybe even likely -- the larger HGTV personality. She has her own spinoff on the network Christina on the Coast, though Flip or Flop is still a prominent show for HGTV. The third season of Christina on the Coast premiered this summer.
So Why Is Tarek El Moussa Reportedly So Upset Years After Splitting Up With Christina Haack?
Well, she’s been in the news a lot lately. The HGTV star also let fans know in 2020 she would be getting a second divorce, splitting with Ant Anstead, with whom she shares son Hudson. Following that major life change, she began dating Joshua Hall and she recently admitted to smoking toad venom as she was going through all of these life changes.
The thing is, she also shares two kids with Tarek El Moussa, and reports indicate that he’s concerned about what she’s been up to in her personal life and what impact that has maybe had on the kids. Thus the tension on set. It likely doesn’t help that Tarek El Moussa is known to have a little bit of an explosive personality; the reality star’s own split from his Flip or Flop co-star came after Christina Haack thought he might be suicidal after an altercation led him to take a gun and go on a solo hike. The police were called, Tarek told them he'd taken the gun for protection, but the couple split up shortly thereafter. However, their HGTV series continued on. Multiple seasons have filmed since the divorce and subsequent romances came into the picture and, in general, the former couple has still made for good TV.
In the past, the two have spoken out about continuing to film the HGTV show together despite no longer being a couple. They've spoken out in the past about continuing to film and Tarek El Moussa has also explained why he feels the fanbase is so interested in their personal lives. Tarek has said of still working together:
We've been doing this a really long time. It's part of who we are and what we do. And for us to just throw it all away just wasn't worth it.
We'll have to wait and see if after this latest incident that still holds true. Flip or Flop is currently filming its 10th season, a milestone for the series. Fifteen episodes are expected to premiere later this year.