HGTV had announced a new series, Flip it Forward, planned for October, starring twins David and Jason Benham.
The concept: After a decade of flipping houses for profit, the Benham guys would now help families buy the home they thought they could never afford — a small-scale, personal Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
In each episode, the brothers would find a fixer-upper and “transform it into their forever home — with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way,” said HGTV in the April announcement.
But today, quietly, in a tweet, HGTV says the show will not be happening.
HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.
— HGTV (@hgtv) May 7, 2014
It appears, according to Towleroad.com, that HGTV was alerted to a Tuesday story by Right Wing Watch.org, which looked into the background of the Benham brothers and found them to be “anti-gay, anti-Choice extremists.”
David Benham protested outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012, which he told conservative radio host Janet Mefferd was needed to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation,” reports the organization. There is also video on YouTube of David protesting outside of an abortion clinic in 2013.
GlobalFlare.com says it has now become a “smear campaign,” noting, “So what’s wrong with having strong Christian beliefs and standing against the abortion movement in America?”
On their website, David is described as a father of five, a graduate of Liberty University and “a follower of Christ.” Jason is also a Liberty grad, as well as being a father of four, who is often quoted as saying, “For us to take credit for building a successful business would be like a shovel taking credit for digging a hole. We’re simply the tools God chose to use to build a successful business.”
The two have spoken in a Liberty video about the importance of the university to their lives.
They have not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment about the HGTV show.
by Ann Oldenbur