Inspiration Network May Pick Up Show HGTV Cancelled Because Hosts are Pro-Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 12, 2014   |   12:15PM   |   Washington, DC

The Inspiration Network may pick up Flip It Forward, the show HGTV cancelled because the hosts of the program are pro-life, or it may work with the brother behind the show on another program.

The pro-life brothers who were set to be the stars of the next HGTV reality television show “Flip It Forward” have had a refreshing response to the cable network cancelling the program because of their pro-life beliefs. They said they were not bothered by the show being cancelled because of their beliefs.

The Hollywood Reporter reported this morning that another cable network may pick up the show, which has already been taped:

hgtv6A couple of different networks could announce as early as today that they are interested in forming a show starring David and Jason Benham, the two brothers who say they were dumped by HGTV because they object to same-sex marriage.

One of the networks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, is INSP TV, which reaches 75 million homes with content that honors “traditional values.”

The brothers told THR on Monday that, while HGTV had previously wanted them to host a real estate show, other networks were interested in them for different concepts, including shows that would have also focused on their wives and kids, their fitness routines and their various other business. The brothers describe themselves as “serial entrepreneurs” who didn’t necessarily seek out a TV show.

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“My brother and I are quite oblivious to what’s going on, other than the fact that we know a few networks have expressed interest in us. But we’ve not seen anything in writing,” David Benham said. “We never sought out the first show. HGTV came to us and wanted a house-flipping show, and we pulled the trigger. If another network wants us for a different show, we’ll sit down with them. But at this point, we have no preconceived ideas for a show. Right now, we’re just finalizing the media circus.”

Added Jason Benham: “We’re focused on getting through the next few weeks, setting the record straight and letting the dust settle. Then we’ll see where we pop up.”



He said networks discovered them about two years ago via newspaper and magazine articles, then put together video reels and liked what they saw. But they aren’t interested in abandoning their religious and moral values just to land a TV deal.

“David and I are solid individuals with strong beliefs, but if these networks are willing to put us on the air, we’d be willing to talk … we’re family guys, we’re fitness guys, we’re entrepreneurs, and we really hit it big in real estate, so a network could have a lot of fun with an idea to wrap around all that,” Jason Benham said.

HGTV canceled the new reality television show, Flip It Forward, that was scheduled to debut on Home and Garden Television this October, after learning the stars of the show are pro-life. During the program, brothers David and Jason Benham would be helping families purchase dream homes they otherwise couldn’t afford.

Home and Garden Television decided to cancel the show after pro-abortion activists outed the brothers as pro-life. The pro-abortion group People for the American Way tagged the brothers as “anti-choice” extremists in an article on their web site and includes comments one of the brothers made about God abhoring abortion.

The network confirmed it was dropping the show, saying on it’s Facebook page: “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.”

In response, the Benham brothers issued a statement saying they are “saddened” by HGTV’s decision.

“The first and last thought on our minds as we begin and end each day is; have we shined Christ’s light today? Our faith is the fundamental calling in our lives, and the centerpiece of who we are. As Christians we are called to love our fellow man. Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying. Over the last decade, we’ve sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views.”