'Flip or Flop' Tarek & Christina Still Together ... At Least at Work, For Now

12/12/2016 11:08 AM PST

'Flip or Flop' Couple Will Keep Shooting Together After Messy Split

EXCLUSIVE

Tarek and Christina El Moussa will still have to grin and bear seeing each other's faces after their separation -- HGTV's decided to keep shooting "Flip or Flop" with both of them.

TMZ broke the story ... the El Moussas separated after a bizarre incident earlier this year where Tarek bolted from their house with a gun, and Christina feared he was going to kill himself.

Producers must think the tension will make for a better show. HGTV tells us they "will continue production as scheduled" when it comes time to shoot season 8 of the reality show.

Sources close to production tell us the plan is keep showing them working together but, admittedly, no one knows if it's going to work. Season 7 is currently airing.

It's unclear if any of the drama leading up to their split will be featured on the show.