HGTV has decided not to move forward with its recently greenlit reality show “Flip it Forward,” starring David and Jason Benham, after reports surfaced about the twin brothers’ ties to anti-gay, anti-choice extremists — including their father, evangelical preacher Flip Benham.
HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series.
— HGTV (@hgtv) May 7, 2014
Right Wing Watch reports that “As leader of OSA, Benham has condemned the interfaith Sandy Hook memorial, protested in front of mosques while shouting ‘Jesus Hates Muslims’ and blamed the Aurora shooting on the Democratic Party, which he said promotes a ‘culture of death.’” The site also writes that David Benham has spoken out against homosexuality and led a prayer rally outside of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
A source for HGTV had no other comment at this time. The Scripps-owned network has a history of hiring openly gay cast members for their shows, including designer David Bromstad, who hosts “Color Splash” and “Curb Appeal” architect John Gidding.