HGTV Cancels Pilot Over Hosts' Anti-Gay Views
HGTV has pulled the plug on its upcoming reality series Flip It Forward after a controversy emerged surrounding the anti-gay views held by its hosts, twin brothers David Benham and Jason Benham.
"HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series," the network announced on its Facebook page.
The pilot for the show -- which follows families trying to convert fixer-uppers into their dream homes, with guidance from the Benham brothers – was set to premiere in October.
But HGTV had begun to draw fire, on its Facebook page and elsewhere, over their views on gay marriage.
At a 2012 rally organized by their father, Flip Benham, promoting a constitutional amendment in North Carolina that would define marriage only between a man and a woman, David Benham said: “We have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation." He added that the Christian majority must repent for standing idly by and "tolerating" such things.
Many commentators hailed the decision on HGTV's Facebook page, with one writing: "Good decision not to stab every LGBT employee and viewer in the face."
Many more, however, praised the decision by saying they were sick of real estate shows and would prefer more reality programming built around decorating and gardening tips, along the lines of the network's Decorating Cents.