David and Jason Benham Say Their TV Show Removed Because of Christian Faith

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 8, 2014 Updated: May 8, 2014

Two brothers shown the door by HGTV before their upcoming real estate show made it on the air say that if their Christian faith cost them a shot at TV fame, “then so be it.”

David and Jason Benham said Thursday they were disappointed that HGTV pulled the plug on “Flip it Forward,” due to debut in October.

After the network announced the show was upcoming, the lobbying group Right Wing Watch labeled David Benham as an “extremist.” The brothers are thought to have been ousted because of criticism of their views. However, they said in their statement that they don’t discriminate against people who don’t share their 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,” they said. “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”

When HGTV announced the show, it said: “After a decade of flipping houses for profit, brothers David Benham and Jason Benham now help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford.”

In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home – with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.