The Benham brothers were slated to air their new show “Flip it Forward” on HGTV, but the network has pulled the plug. The statement given by HGTV about pulling the Benham brother’s show from their fall line-up was short and concise. They said little more than “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brother’s series.”
The statement was released via Twitter yesterday, according to NewsMax on May 8. The network did not elaborate as to why the show was canned even before it made it on the air. “Flip it Forward” was due to debut in November. So what happened?
According to MSN News, it seems as if the network nixed the series because the brothers reportedly have “strong: anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-abortion views, that don’t fit in with the views of the network. The Benham brothers’ show “Flip it Forward” was going to film the brothers finding homes that are in dire need of help, fix them up and flip them.
What makes this show different than the other house flipping shows on TV today is that the brothers weren’t flipping the houses for personal gain. They would flip a house for a family who could not otherwise afford their dream house.
This “feel-good” house flipping show also had a different spin on it as it was using sibling rivalry for a good cause. The brothers would channel that angst into building the best homes possible from the deteriorating fixer-uppers that they would buy.
The Benham brothers are the sons of Flip Benham. Philip "Flip" Benham is the evangelical Christian minister and the national leader of Operation Save America, which is an anti-abortion group. It is based out of Concord, North Carolina. “Flip" Benham is also a convicted felon.
His two sons are real estate personalities who flipped houses for a living. Their popularity had brought them to this new show that HGTV was in the process of filming, until they scrapped the idea. Critics pointing out that David Benham headed an anti-abortion protest outside the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He also shared his anti-gay views with a local radio show. While Jason was someone who helped organize that campaign, it was David who said that he was campaigning to:
"Stop homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation" and "demonic ideologies taking our universities and our public school systems."
The brothers released a statement about the cancellation of their show:
"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," the statement read. "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," the Benhams continued. "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."