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May 8th, 2014
09:11 PM ET

Did Benham brothers lose their HGTV because of 'anti-gay' remarks?

(CNN) - Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have lost their opportunity to host their own HGTV show.

The brothers ran afoul of the network after the site Right Wing Watch published a post about the pair, labeling David Benham as an "anti-gay, anti-choice extremist" for reportedly leading a prayer rally in 2012 outside of the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The site posted a recording of Benham talking to a talk show host about "homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation" and "demonic ideologies" taking hold in colleges and public schools.

Benham also discusses the fight for North Carolina's Amendment One, which involved a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

The Benham brothers were the planned stars of the HGTV show "Flip It Forward," set to premiere in October, in which they would have helped families purchase homes they otherwise could not afford.

An April press release described the planned show this way: "After a decade of flipping houses for profit, brothers David Benham and Jason Benham now help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford. In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home - with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way."

But after the post went public, HGTV tweeted, "HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series."

Thursday night, Jason Benham told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that HGTV had vetted the pair.

"When they - a year and a half ago - saw some of the footage where my brother was saying the things he was saying, they spoke with us.

"They got to know us a little better and then they made a judgment call, recognizing that David and I have no hate in our heart for anyone.

"We've been running a successful real estate company for the last 11 years and we help all people. There is no discrimination," said Jason Benham.

His comments were echoed by his brother.

"We love all people. I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we - never would we," said David Benham.

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  1. Ablestreet

    The Benham brothers should not have lost their show because of their anti-gay remarks. Everyone is supposed to have freedom to say whatever they think in the USA. I don't want anyone to be denied that right because I want to have the very same right for myself!

    May 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  2. SoldierOfConscience

    they ran afoul of the gay agenda thats all..

    May 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  3. saggyroy

    I have seen and heard comments about the brother freedom of speech being violated. HGTV is not responsible for their freedom of speech. They are free to share their views elsewhere. (like cnn.com).

    May 10, 2014 at 7:02 am | Reply
  4. glades2

    Christains in America and everywhere are easy targets because its known that we do not resort to violence if our faith is insulted – Jesus said that as believers in Him we'd be vicitm to insults, violence and even death and that has been true throughout the centuries, from St. John the Baptist to St. Joan of Arc to present-day Rachel Scott, so the Christian martyrs are the same – but so are the enemies, but as a Christian we are taught to hate sin and love our enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us, but that's not easy when careers are ruined and opportunities are lost because a person refused to acquiese with those running the show (literally in this case), but there will be other networks and other shows, and it's my hope that the brothers will stand their ground – television shows come and go but doing the right thing for God's sake has it's eternal rewards, long after this world has passed away...

    May 10, 2014 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • sealchan

      The problem with hating the sin is that it is still hate. It is a major error in Christian teaching to justify hate. If you say you hate something and someone identifies that something as part of their core being, then you are hating the person in their eyes. Because of certain statement in the Bible it is necessary that anyone who claims to be Christian explains whether or not they hate LGBT people for this reason. You must either explain that you agree with Paul and any other Biblical statements regarding same se-x relations or you must explain that you disagree. I myself disagree with Paul.

      May 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • awanderingscot

        God hates sin and therefore we must take His side in hating sin. You say you disagree with Paul but in doing so you are disagreeing with God. You are either a believer or an unbeliever, there is no middle ground.

        May 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Reply
        • Chuck4720

          'You are either a believer or an unbeliever, there is no middle ground'

          The one sure sign of a raving fascist ideologue!

          May 20, 2014 at 8:30 am | Reply
        • Ablestreet

          Why should anyone accept what your beliefs about God happen to be? I don't accept what you say about God any more that I accept what Boko Haram has said about Allah commanding them tho sell the school girls into slavery!

          May 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • J. Alexander

      ...You can pick and chose which bible verse suits you "Judge not least ye be Judge" " It would be easier for a camel to go through an eye needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" " He who is without sin let him cast the first stone." I know nothing of these men but when they involve themselves in a political event who are they serving God or man.

      May 18, 2014 at 1:38 am | Reply

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