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May 8th, 2014
03:00 PM ET

HGTV pulls Benham brothers show after "anti-gay" comments

HGTV has decided to pull the plug on Flip it Forward.

The new series scheduled to debut in October has been canceled by the network, when Right Wing Watch reported that the hosts and twin brothers of the program, Jason and David Benham, were anti-gay.

HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series," HGTV tweeted on Wednesday.

In Flip it Forward, the successful entrepreneurs would "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."

In an article published Tuesday, Right Wing Watch reported that in 2012 David Benham led a protest outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte N.C., where he told a conservative radio host that the nation needed to stop "homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems."

The Benham brothers – David and Jason joins Erin Burnett Thursday night at 7pm ET on CNN.


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  1. Ryan

    Police of beliefs? Nope. The bigots are allowed to think anything they want. They just have to find another venue to push them, which apparently already happens at partisan rallies. NOBODY has the explicit right to be granted a TV show, and HGTV has to look toward their viewership and sponsors, then make a rational decision based on that as to whether or not to grant them airtime. Spoiler alert: the brothers' beliefs don't coincide with the beliefs of those who matter to HGTV, so they're well within their right to yank their show.

    As far as calling someone they're not being rude, I find the comment hilarious. LGBT folks have been labeled MANY things by the religious right, amongst them "evil," "demonic," "monsters," "pedophiles," etc. Quite frankly, those monikers are much more horrific than "gay." Get a flippin' grip.

    June 4, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
  2. Name*tania

    Where does the definition of marriage end?

    All standards people put up to limit marriage equity, I shall lable a monster and I bigot.   This is so you get the same standerd of treatment you give to Christians and Jews.   I call this marriage equality for all humans and things.  

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it Christianphobes!

    May 10, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Name*tania

      Forgive the typos. Not good with the phone.

      May 10, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
  3. jeanne

    This country's greatness is having different view points. Many brave men and women have died and suffered so we can have free thoughts and speech. Who made HGTV the police of beliefs? Sick of these type decisions and may not watch HGTV again. Who knew they where so biased , narrowed minded and pathic that only one point of view is allowed on that network. Sick of CNN and so very happy their ratings are in the tank – HGTV to follow – goes to show you what biased one tought views are just wrong. Doing my part by not watching!

    May 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  4. Mike

    Wait, so you are saying those two guys in that picture are NOT a nice gay couple? Wow, now I've heard everything

    May 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Roger in AZ

      Wow, you are just plain crazy! Let's make fun of someone who still believes in something good and beat them down. Let's call them gay even. What a pile of crap you are as a human for saying such horrific things iike that. Caling someone something they are not is beyond rude. These are decent guys. You need to look in the mirror and tell me what you see. A loser? Yep, that is what I just read from you.

      May 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Reply

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