HGTV Cancels Show After Stars Revealed to Be Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Muslim Extremists


HGTV today tweeted that it "has decided not to move forward" with a new house-flipping show called Flip It Forward starring David and Jason Benham. The network's move comes one day after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post exposing the Benham family's extreme anti-gay activism.

Wrote RWW in the post:

What the announcement didn't mention is that at least one of the Benhams is not just a real estate dealer but also a dedicated right-wing activist in the mold of his father, Flip Benham, who has headed the abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America ever since it split from the militant anti-choice group Operation Rescue.

As leader of OSA, [Flip] 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.”

He has also protested LGBT pride events, interrupted church services during a sermon by “sodomite Episcopalian bishop” Gene Robinson and was found “guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out hundreds of ‘wanted’ posters with the physician's name and photo on it.” Benham even blamed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on abortion rights.


Flip's son, David Benham, led a prayer rally — Charlotte 7:14 — outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012, which he told conservative radio host Janet Mefferd was needed to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems”

…David also discussed his work to pass North Carolina’s Amendment One, which enshrined a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

…David also discussed his work to pass North Carolina’s Amendment One, which enshrined a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

Apparently HGTV had not done their homework on the Benhams.


  1. Alex Parrish says

    Geeeze – Don’t these networks vet anyone before they announce a new show? Or do they think we’re so stupid we won’t notice?

  2. Glenn says

    FYI, the “Benham” referenced in the 2d and 3d paras of the quote is their father, Flip. You have to go further down in the RWW story to get to the sons’ antics (which are also bad).

  3. SpaceCadet says

    HGTV is a very gay and gay-friendly network. I work in real estate and it is gay, gay, gay so it’s only natural who they should cater to and work with.

    And you gotta wonder how extreme Operation Save America is if they felt the need to split off from “militant” Operation Rescue!

  4. sjorgl says

    But, but, but first amendment!
    Two more scalps we can nail to the wall at the gay agenda clubhouse. Can’t wait for Andy Sullivan to jump to their defense.

  5. Rad says

    Did anyone at HGTV even THINK to do a Google search on them before giving them a show?

    There was a time when HGTV actually had shows about how to fix YOUR home. This BS is just… old and tired. It’s why I don’t bother with cable TV any more.

  6. Francis says

    Blaming 9/11 on abortion, calling Muslim-Americans the enemy of America and their extreme anti-gay views will still not be enough to prevent many on the right from defending them. I don’t think Sullivan will, though.

  7. Rowan says

    ALEX PARRISH, they think we are so stupid we won’t notice.

    WILL, I know! They look so wholesome, clean-cut and like decent kind human beings!

  8. JackFknTwist says

    Are we all bullying anyone yet ?

    No doubt Andrew Sullivan will want to write at length on this infringement and denial of First Amendment rights.
    IMO- Just another two bit bigots get their dose of karma.

  9. BETTY says

    It just wasn’t their anti-gay views that got them in trouble. That just happened to spotlighted above since this is a gay site, their other alleged anti-views are just as troubling and disturbing. But FAUX News and their conservative buddies will focus only on the gay angle and blame us. Just watch.

  10. JackFknTwist says

    They are an excellent example of deep closet deniers.
    They are vocal in their denial of what they fear most in their own personalities.
    My money is on the “both gay” theory.

  11. Kieran says

    Abortion is a legal RIGHT, and it is ok. Don’t like it? then don’t choose to have an abortion. If its not your body, you don’t get to tell someone else what to do with it.

  12. Kevin says

    “Didn’t do their homework”?
    All it would have taken was a simple Google search.
    First Amendment? Nobody has a constitutional right to a reality show.

  13. Saeed says

    hahahahha hahahahha !!!!! Now they will have more time to go scream outside a mosque about Jesus hating islam and aborting only gay babies !

  14. Jay says

    @KIERAN “If its not your body, you don’t get to tell someone else what to do with it.”
    Well we are in accord. Not your body, you don’t get to kill it!

  15. keating says

    Giving these guys a show is bad for business, so HGTV made the right decision.

    But of course their firing will just be more fodder for their extreme homophobe family and friends to say that the media is “radically pro-gay.”

  16. disgusted merican says HGTV has numerous GAy Hosts for various shows…..and thier audience…..but this has More to do with then JUST gay issues..this is thier Radical views on other things as well…it’ would NOT be good PR for HGTV at ALL! Letm get a show on CBN..maybe Pat Robertson can back them…LOL …Riiiiiiight! That’ll happen..NOT!

  17. BETTY says

    Give it a rest Jay. You are a religious con on here peddling your anti-gay, pro-religion crap under different names. Nobody was defending abortion until you chimed in. You are just trying to start something. Getting yet ANOTHER ENDLESS debate about abortion going is fruitless as the issue will never be resolved to your satisfaction. Go picket somewhere and show pictures of babies on a sign, that seems to work to your viewpoints benefit (sarcasm).

  18. Paul B. says

    Jay…your “opinion” may be shared by many but it’s really simple sweetheart…don’t have an abortion. Is that over your head?

  19. disgusted merican says

    Hey JAY – HOW MANY UNWANTED children have YOU ADOPTED, FOSTERED or MENTORED…Please tell us…we’ll be waiting!

  20. V-8 says

    the one on the left has a bit of a gay face, the one on the right has gay hair… both actually have a touch of white supremacist in them… even if late, glad it was caught….

  21. Jay says

    Guys I’m not here to troll or impose my views on anyone. But I can’t stand by when I read pro abortion crap. Every life is valuable; yours, mine and those of the unborn.

  22. BETTY says

    Please point out where anybody said anything pro abortion until you claimed someone did?? Nobody said anything to that effect until you piped in and said we did. Prove it or stop making crap up.

  23. Gigi says

    Looks like they’re gonna have to update their website:

    In the Fall of 2014, Brothers David Benham and Jason Benham will host a new TV series, Flip It Forward, on HGTV. In each episode, the dads will guide families who are new to house flipping as they find the right place, fix it up and flip it. The brothers have been flipping homes for years and now they want to share their insights for house-flipping success with Charlotte-area couples anxious to earn some extra income for their families.

  24. Rowan says

    JAY, you liar, we’re waiting. How many kids have you adopted, fostered and helped? You’re the evil kind that travels to Africa forcing these women in villages to not use borth control and to keep on having children.

    You’re the sick kind that encourages a man to impregnate his wife 8 times so she is weathered physically and mentally.

    You see woman as objects. Tools. As an incubation. As nothing.

    I feel sorry for your Mum and lets hope she makes you dinner on time and that you don’t keep her chained to the kitchen sink since she has no rights to HER own body.

  25. Jay says

    Rowan or Disgusted American or whoever you are,

    I have nothing against contraception. I believe overpopulation is indeed a problem and I wish everyone would practice more common sense. But killing a fetus is not the answer. We must respect life and foster personal responsibility. Abortion is and will always be wrong.

  26. Jay says

    Rowan or Disgusted American or whoever you are,

    I have nothing against contraception. I believe overpopulation is indeed a problem and I wish everyone would practice more common sense. But killing a fetus is not the answer. We must respect life and foster personal responsibility. Abortion is and will always be wrong.

  27. I wont grow up says

    Here we go again, we MUST silence the opposition. If this issue was not brought up the public would never have known their bigoted opinions. Do we have to silence and destroy everyone who doesn’t agree with every aspect of our agenda? This sounds suspiciously like the kind of tyranny we’re fighting. I know my fellow Towleroaders will crucify me but it’s worth thinking about.

  28. oncemorewithfeeling says

    I’m so glad this thread became about the thread’s resident troll. That’s so refreshing! You never see that on Trollroad!

  29. DC Insider says

    Is Google broken at major media establishments? Are they unable to say, “hey, these guys might be good for a show, let’s Google them.”

    Voila! Horrific horrible humans.

    IT’s not that hard.

  30. John says

    I do not necessarily agree with abortion, but I am totally against “coat hanger abortions” in case you are too young to remember those, they were real and frequently caused death to the mother and the fetus. So since it is not my decision to have or not have the child, it is not my place to decide what options are available.
    How is it your choice, and before you start on the bible, I will ask you if Christ was so against it, why did he allow the two people on either side of him die on the cross?

  31. simon says

    “I know my fellow Towleroaders will crucify me but it’s worth thinking about.”
    The fact is no one is or will be crucified. A show was cancelled for business reason. It is not the end of the world. By the way historically, crucifixion was just a fiction and even Jesus likely never existed.

  32. BETTY says

    @JOHN: Jay won’t answer any of our questions. It’s just the typical “drive by” accusations they like to hurl but never stick around to back up their silly claims.

  33. SpaceCadet says

    Really Jay? A woman or girl who is raped or the victim of incest, or who is at risk of dying from birthing itself, should be forced to have a baby in your mind?

  34. says

    @I Won’t Grow Up: No one’s silencing them. They can spout their ignorance as much as they like, on their own turf. It doesn’t man that HGTV is required to give the losers a platform, any more than Rush Limbaugh is required to let me pontificate on his show. HGTV made a simple business decision–it’s not our agenda, it’s theirs. And their business.

  35. BETTY says

    Further to Ernie’s point: just like a Catholic school or institution can fire someone once they find out that person is gay or has lived beyond the catholic teachings. Like that has never happened.

  36. Harrison says

    I went on the brothers’ Twitter pages to see if there was anything interesting (“Condemned for our beliefs!!!!” etc. etc.). Here is a Tweet from Jason dated April 3:

    “If you focus on your fruit you’ll fall in love with it. It’s from God and it’s good. Just concern yourself with the Source of your fruit.”

    Seems like it’s pretty clear where he falls on the matter.

  37. Bill says

    @Kevin: doing a “simple Google seach” runs the risk of making people unemployable because someone else decided to bad-mouth them or impersonate them.

    Various states provide more free speech rights than the federal government does (California, for example, where it is illegal to fire someone for being politically active on their own time, regardless of whether the employer likes the employees political views). Having a criminal record for stalking or being arrested for disrupting church services or some other event is a different issue – you can refuse to hire people for criminal behavior.

    BTW, the laws in California protected gay and gay-friendly employees with Mormon bosses when those employees actively opposed Proposition Eight.

  38. Bill says

    @Simon: crucifixion was not a myth – it was actually done. Early in his career, Gaius Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and when told what the ransom was, he insisted that they double it. He told them he’d have them crucified, which they took as a joke. Then Caesar, with a group he commanded, captured the pirates and had them crucified on his personal orders. But, as a humanitarian gesture, he had their throats slit first. The practice was mentioned by Cicero and Tacitus.

    In 1597. 26 Christians were crucified in Japan, and one hapless Australian prisoner during World War II was apparently crucified for killing cattle.

    Source: also try

  39. peck says

    It really is easy (and good for all of us who do) to condemn people like the members of this family for spreading their culture of hatred and it’s good that the network has decided to not go forward with the project. However, it seems to me that we, as a nation, need to take a look at what is causing this rise in fundamentalism extremists and decide how to best combat it before these people are able to reach their goal of turning the USA into a third world nation ruled by religious fanatics.

  40. Jay says

    And we do need studs to build our houses. Otherwise how will we get to see them to take their shirts off during the construction process? Take the “Hooters” route on this one.

  41. Harry says

    If there is such a “Gay Mafia” in America, how is it that rabid homophobes like Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh can spew such homophobic hatred to millions on our airwaves at a whim? These two brothers sound positively tame compared to the vitriol of some of the anti-gay talk radio bigots.

  42. patriotgal says

    There are some ridiculous comments…no one has a right to a tv show…. Idiot. There are plenty of gays on TV. Maybe we should start a boycott and cause a big stink and get all the gays kicked off the air. Sounds pretty hateful if you ask me. Everyone has the right to have an opinion but if you speak out then the gays call you an extremist!! Its this kind of behavior toward Americans who don’t share your beliefs that cause people to devalue everything you stand for and believe in.

  43. Lappy says

    I would never watch a show the Benham twins hosted, in knowing their intolerance and radical religious views in other public arenas. When you’re a public figure your views define you and the organizations you represent. This, the very reason celebrities are harmed by their prior associations, as are the companies they associate with! HGTV has every right to chose entities that represent their views and mission statement. This is a corporate decision not a violation of free speech as the ‘Right’ is spinning. It’s time we stop giving carte blanc to religion and the hatred and bias they promote. I have no sympathy for religious people who feel they are being ‘pushed aside’, as drastic acts are required for great change! The end result is a world where people are able to stand up and say ‘we will no longer accept intolerance and prejudice’. Without controversy change just keeps being reversed by hatred and bigotry. We are entering a new world where religion and prejudice no longer decide our fate as humans. I’m all for it! I’ve had enough of so-called Christian values, the myth of religion on this planet, and the outrageous twisted moral guidelines they try to inflict on us all. I’m proud to be Gay, and I say, ‘no more, whatever it takes, no more’! I have stepped aside for the last time. Let the hateful Christians (and the ‘Right’) know what it is like to sit at the back of the bus for a change! Bravo to HGTV! It’s about time we started getting some concessions!

  44. Tre says

    @ JAY – 1) abortion is a sometimes NECESSARY medical procedure. and 2) no one is “defending” abortion. People are defending the right to keep government out of their personal lives, including medical decisions that are between a doctor and patient.

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