Cancelled HGTV Hosts Speak Out Against 'Agenda That Seeks to Silence Men and Women of Faith'

"We felt really bad for HGTV, they were pushed into this decision."

Recently axed hosts Jason and David Benham appeared on CNN Thursday night to speak out against what they called a "smear campaign" against them by left-wing activists.  

Jason Benham told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that HGTV had vetted the pair.

"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.

Brother David explained his past remarks and distinguished how his position is not critical of gay people but against what he calls a "gay agenda" in our culture:  

"We love all people. I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we -- never would we."

"Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals, as individuals, and gone against them. I speak about an agenda. And that's really what the point of this is -- is that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith."

The two speculated that despite HGTV's knowledge of their political and social positions, they couldn't handle the intense scrutiny brought on by left-wing activist sites that called for the show's cancellation. They don't hold a grudge against the cable network as they understand that it was a business decision. "We felt really bad for HGTV, they were pushed into this decision," Jason said.

Despite the fallout, the brothers remain undeterred from speaking openly about their beliefs, saying, "If our faith cost us a TV show, so be it."