HGTV pulling plug on real estate show amid protest

AP News
Posted: May 07, 2014 6:46 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The HGTV network says it's pulling the plug on an upcoming real estate show after it was pointed out one of its hosts has campaigned against gay marriage and denounced homosexuality.

The show is called "Flip it Forward" and was to debut in October. If would have featured twins David and Jason Benham buying and renovating real estate.

After the network announced the show was upcoming, the lobbying group Right Wing Watch labeled David Benham an "anti-gay extremist" and reported on quotes he made about homosexuality.

HGTV issued a statement Wednesday saying it is "not moving forward" with the series. The network said it wouldn't explain why.

Benham's representative says he'll comment later.