HGTV is canceling a planned home renovation show hosted by the Benham Brothers after liberal activists complained that they have a history of speaking out against gay marriage, abortion and divorce.
In a statement, David and Jason Benham said: “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.”
On Wednesday, the Home and Garden Television network posted on its Facebook page: “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.”
The announcement came after the liberal activist website, Right Wing Watch, posted online a story headlined, “HGTV Picks Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Extremist For New Reality TV Show.”
The story accused the brothers of being similar to their father, Flip Benham, an evangelical minister who leads an anti-abortion group. The story also reported that one of the hosts, David Benham, led a prayer rally in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention and spoke out against gay marriage.
In their statement Thursday, David and Jason Benham said they are “saddened to hear HGTV’s decision.”
“The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today?” the statement read. “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.”
They added: “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,” the Benhams said.
HGTV announced the Benham Brothers show last month: “Flip It Forward will feature real estate entrepreneurs and dads, David Benham and Jason Benham as they leverage their good-natured sibling rivalry to help families find a fixer-upper and transform it into the dream home they never thought they could afford.”