Brothers David and Jason Benham, the hosts of an axed HGTV pilot, spoke out on CNN Thursday night, telling Erin Burnett that they may have certain religious values they live by, but they do not personally hate anyone simply for being gay or Muslim. David said the controversy erupted from a “smear campaign against them” and asserted there is “an agenda that seeks to silence men and women of faith.”
David, who, along with his brother, put out a statement about HGTV’s decision today, insisted that he has never “spoken against homosexuals as individuals” and that “we love homosexuals and we love Muslims.” Burnett pointed out that he is very strongly opposed to gay marriage, and Benham said this controversy boils down to, “Do we have the right to say that certain actions are right or wrong?”
Jason, meanwhile, pointed out that HGTV was very aware of his brother’s past controversial remarks, but after speaking with them, recognizes they have “no hate in our hearts.” Burnett asked the two of them are angry at HGTV. Both David and Jason insisted they are not, saying that they understood it was a business decision by the network.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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