After watching USA Network’s new unscripted series “Chrisley Knows Best,” premiering Tuesday, March 11, fans might think that Atlanta multimillionaire Todd Chrisley is the ultimate helicopter parent to his and wife Julie’s five children — 20-somethings Lindsie and Kyle, teens Chase and Savannah, and little Grayson.
Chrisley tells Zap2it, “I did not have my children for the streets to raise. I’m going to raise my children. We’ve never had a nanny. No one’s ever changed their diapers except their mother and myself.”
Adds Julie, “Their grandparents, that’s the only people they’ve ever been left with.”
“That’s right,” says Chrisley. “That’s the way it is now, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”
Born in South Carolina, Chrisley owns Chrisley Asset Management, which handles foreclosed properties for sale. He also has a media company and is pursuing a longtime interest in fashion with a department store in Atlanta.
His life is not without controversy, including an employee’s sexual harassment suit, which was picked up in the media in January after USA announced the show. According to Chrisley, he produced shopping receipts, airline itineraries and company records that refuted the plaintiff’s account of events.
“I can tell you it was dismissed,” he says. “We had no ramifications from it.”
But he’s not claiming to be perfect, saying, “I don’t care what people know about me, because if I did it, I own it. It was my choice; it was my decisions.”
He adds, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.”
Last year, Chrisley lost his father to liver cancer but is thankful that his wife survived a bout with breast cancer.
“You truly become acquainted with who you are when the Lord humbles you,” he says, “when He puts you on your knees.”
Chrisley also values his children. In the show, he’s seen tossing an Apple laptop into the pool because Chase looked at a forbidden website after being warned.
“Is he worth more to me than $2,500 to me?” says Chrisley. “Every day, all day.”