Benham brothers — of HGTV controversy — were REO "giants"
Pair featured in HousingWire's 2011 REO directory
Back in 2011, HousingWire featured Jason and David Benham in its Giants of REO directory. Their entry read:
“As former collegiate and professional baseball players, the Benham brothers know what it’s like to compete. The same diligence, faithfulness and determination that drove them to success on the athletic field catapulted them to the top of the REO industry in a very short time. The brothers continue to apply thee core values in their real estate business, and their “Service Before Sales” model has been replicated in over 90 locations spanning 35 states.
However, today you might know them better for losing their HGTV show “Flip it Forward” before it ever saw any airtime.
According to an article on CNN, “The brothers ran afoul of the network after the site Right Wing Watch published a post about the pair, labeling David Benham as an "anti-gay, anti-choice extremist" for reportedly leading a prayer rally in 2012 outside of the Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
HGTV responded with a tweet that said “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series."
The Benham brothers went on record with CNN saying, “"When they -- a year and a half ago -- saw some of the footage where my brother was saying the things he was saying, they spoke with us. They got to know us a little better and then they made a judgment call, recognizing that David and I have no hate in our heart for anyone. We've been running a successful real estate company for the last 11 years and we help all people. There is no discrimination," said Jason Benham.
From HousingWire's 2011 Giants of REO directory: