Todd Chrisley claims that he and his daughter Lindsie Chrisley are estranged because of jealousy and a fallout from followers.
The family fracture is so bad now that conversations involving Lindsie are all turned over to lawyers, Todd admits.
The rift between much of the Chrisley family and Lindsie has been well documented and even salacious over the years. But the patriarch of the "Chrisley Knows Best" clan believes that the infighting was initially caused by Savannah Chrisley's social media following.
"It started out with Savannah having way more social media followers, and then [Lindsie] wasn't getting enough time on ['Chrisley Knows Best']," Todd told "Entertainment Tonight." "Lindsie wasn't, at that time, willing to allow the cameras into her personal life. She wouldn't tell the world anything."
He added, "She is my daughter, and I love her. There was just some kind of emotional battle that Lindsie has had within herself and jealousy amongst her siblings."
Lindsie has had a complicated relationship with the Chrisley crew. She hasn't been seen on the family's reality TV show on USA for four years. Back in 2019, Todd claimed publicly that Lindsie cheated on her husband with "Bachelorette" alums Robby Hayes and Josh Murray. She then made extortion claims and alleged that her dad and stepbrother, Chase Chrisley, tried peddling a sex tape involving her.
On Aug. 9, Todd, who had Lindsie with his ex-wife, Teresa Terry, denied doing anything of the sort.
"There was never any extortion. That was all used for headlines. That was used to gain social media following," he claimed. "She's our daughter, and I will tell you that the anger was there for a long time. Revenge and anger belongs to the devil. So I walked with the devil. I was dancing with the devil there for a minute. God allowed me to get back into my faith. … I had to remember that I am a father first. When you have children and you discipline your children, the world's not gonna see that. But when Todd Chrisley disciplines his children, it's a headline."
While he says he loves Lindsie, he doesn't have anything to do with her. Nor does his wife, Julie Chrisley.
"I received a text message from Lindsie about two weeks ago," he said. "I turned that over to our attorneys because we don't feel that it's safe to communicate. Every time that I've done that it's been twisted and turned, and in the position we're in, we can't run that risk."