David and Jason Benham say they have no hard feelings toward HGTV after the network canceled their series, "Flip It Forward," over reports the brothers are "anti-gay, anti-choice extremists."

The brothers told Erin Burnett on her CNN show "OutFront" that they feel bad for HGTV and believe the network was "bullied" and "pushed into" canceling their show, which was supposed to premiere in October.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the guys said they weren't given a specific reason for the cancellation. The controversy started when David's 2012 interview with conservative radio host Janet Mefferd came to light

Notice how I didn't write that the interview came out.

"We have abortion on demand; we have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have a homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery; we have all of the things ... while the church sits silent and just builds big churches," he said.

We also have dogs and cats living together ... don't forget that.

When asked if he still stood by his words, David told Burnett: "Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals as individuals and gone against them. I speak about an agenda ... that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith. That's what all this is about."

Ironically, some of us have never heard of these guys until now.


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David said, "We love homosexuals and we love Muslims and we have absolutely nothing against the people."

Notice how he left out dogs and cats.

Jason said he believes having a "pro-family" stance "isn't allowed" on television, adding: "Our heart breaks for HGTV."

"They believed in us," David explained. "They believed in our show and our expertise in real estate. They were willing to take a chance with us, and we were putting out some great footage. But when all of this media firestorm happened around some of my comments, it was just -- it was too much for them to bear, and they had to make a business decision."

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