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UPDATE: Benham Brothers Tell Deadline A “Smear Campaign” Killed Their HGTV Show

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 9:00pm PDT

UPDATED with Deadline interview: David flip-it-forward__140508230756-575x295Benham says he loves gays and has nothing against them but hates the gay “agenda” that “seeks to silence men and women of faith.” Appearing with his twin brother Jason on CNN‘s Erin Burnett UpFront the day after HGTV announced it would not move forward with a new show starring the twins called Flip It Forward, David said, “We shouldn’t be afraid of losing our livelihood.”

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HGTV logoHGTV announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that it was scrapping plans for the upcoming series after a report emerged identifying one of its stars as an activist against gay marriage and abortion. After the CNN interview, David told Deadline he and his brother had been “really excited” about the reality series, thinking it would give them “that opportunity to show America that you can be Christian and not be so extreme on one side of an issue that you’re not loving toward people. I was excited about that opportunity,” he said.

But he has no hope the project might be resuscitated when the controversy dies down, in much the same way Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended for incendiary comments he made in a GQ interview but was allowed to return fairly quickly, after some media and fans pushed back. “With Duck Dynasty, they already had a following,” David told Deadline on Thursday. “With Jason and I, we didn’t even get out of the batter’s box. HGTV made a decision based on one tiny segment of our culture, and had they heard from the rest of the culture, I think it would have been different. At this point, it’s over.” After being informed by HGTV execs they were not moving forward with the show, he said, he originally thought they would continue filming to complete the original episode order, but this afternoon M2 Pictures contacted them, “saying they’re pulling everything – it’s all done.” Read More »

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Brothers Yanked By HGTV Respond: “If Our Faith Costs Us A TV Show, Then So Be It”

benhamsAs they were swamped with media requests for interviews, David and Jason Benham issued a statement today about HGTV‘s decision not to move forward with their new show, Flip It Forward in the wake of a report issued by People For the American Way about the brothers, and their father:

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.

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