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Benham twins issue statement after HGTV pulls show over anti-gay controversy

A day after HGTV’s decision to cancel their upcoming reality show, “Flip It Forward,” brother David and Jason Benham issued a statement early on Thursday in response to the show being canceled do to the brothers’ past anti-gay views and reports of their political actions condemning homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

David Benham, organizer of 'Charlotte 714,' a nondenominational, nonpartisan prayer, points during a news conference on September 2, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

It didn’t take long for reports of anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-choice reports and video to surface after HGTV announced the show in April. The network was criticized for approving the show hosted by the Benham brothers. Considering that the show would have focused on transforming a fixer-upper into a dream house for a new deserving family each week, having the show connected to hosts who openly demonstrated forms of hatred was not good for the network or sent the kind of message the show was attended to set.

On Wednesday, following a review of all information about the Benhams, HGTV announced it would not be going forward with the show. Their response to the cancelation was that of saddened disappointment. They wrote, “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.”

As they have denied any hatred towards the LGBT as false or misconstrued, the Benhams believe it is their dedication to their faith that cost them the television show. They touched on this by writing, “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.”

But audio and video made posted by Right Wing Watch on Tuesday clearly gave evidence as to the concerns that arose shortly after the reality TV show was announced. David Benham also tweeted on Thursday that the brothers will keep their commitment to the six families who had been selected to participate even though the show itself has been canceled.

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