NC brothers lose HGTV show after ‘anti-gay’ remarks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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.”

The pair responded with the following statement:

“The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is: have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying.

“Over the last decade, we’ve sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views.

“We were saddened to hear HGTV’s decision. With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”

There is also a YouTube video of David Benham speaking at a “celebration” of a closing of an abortion clinic in 2013. Website GlobalFlare.com, which emphasizes “positive news and entertainment,” called it a “smear campaign” against the brothers. The organization Faith Driven Consumer, which started a campaign in support of Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” has launched #FlipThisDecision, a petition aimed at reinstating the HGTV show.

David and Jason Benham are from Concord, according to WBTV.

16 comments

  • Donnie

    Why is it so ok for the liberals to say whatever they want, but there is no free speech for conservatives? If he beleives in what he says, then he sould have the right to express it just like the gays, etc. HGTV will lose viewers becasue of this decision.

    • RCC

      If Christians can’t discriminate in their hiring practices because of religion, even if they own the company, then neither can HGTV. It’s only when the brother’s religious views were exposed that they cancelled the show. The report was made in the “Right Wing Watch”, a news site that is dedicated to “shedding light on the activities of right-wing organizations” so they can “expose the risks that their extreme and intolerant agendas present to our country.” How is providing housing and helping families regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation “extreme and intolerant?”

      The same thing happened at Brendan Eich of Mozilla. Small business owners are being forced to violate their religious beliefs by providing services to people the Bible specifically teaches us not to associate with; yet, Muslims are catered to while they’re in jails for committing crimes that are punishable by death. This country is being run bassackwards by liberals. It’s time for the liberal agenda to end before the whole country collapses in rot and ruin.

  • Triple Aught Buckshot

    What happened to the First Amendment…?

    The right to not get our feelings hurt is one right we have never had.

    • Zombiekiller

      hahaha, just like Sterling you can say what you want, just be prepared to pay the consequences.

    • Ken

      For the love of…the 1st Amendment does not apply to private businesses like HGTV genius. It is to prevent the government from infringing on your right to free speech (like being jailed for merely having an opinion). This here CLEARLY does not apply as HGTV is NOT the government. Read a book on the subject before commenting next time.

  • Woody

    Another example of the liberal direction in our society; everyone is entitled to an opinion and protection of free speech as long as you’re not a conservative and/or a Christian.

  • My2cents

    So what they’re saying, is it’s ok to have an opinion that is against homosexuality, just don’t ever say it! Really Americans we all need to wake up and realize that the people who are being discriminated against are Christians. We are all told to be respectful of other people’s beliefs, but when it comes to Christians and the Bible No WAY, NO HOW! “Your God offends us” “You should let people be with who they want to be with” Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, if you disagree with their beliefs don’t watch the show. They sure don’t mind putting a couple homosexual men on a show together, now do they?! Hollywood is nothing but a bunch of rich liberals and we all know money talks. SMH

    • Ken

      Then maybe those Christians should stop picking and choosing from the parts of the bible that do nothing but spread hatred. Funny how modern day Christians complain about being “persecuted” while forgetting the thousands of years of oppression they forced upon many people, most recently the Native American population in the 1800s. Sorry that you have been knocked down from your little high horse. Wait! I’m not sorry.

  • Patrice Collins

    First let me say I do not support this decision however let me remind everyone about Paula Dean who lost her show on the food network because of a remark 20 years ago … hmmmm. Are we surprised?

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