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'Flip It Forward'

Crew 'Blindsided'

HGTV Treated Us Like Dirt

5/10/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0509-david-and-jason-credit-jesse-volk-01The crew for "Flip It Forward" isn't turning the other cheek with HGTV ... telling TMZ they were completely "blindsided" by the network's decision to cancel the show, and send about 20 people to the unemployment line.

As we reported ... HGTV yanked the show -- 4 weeks into production -- after a blog reported hosts, twin brothers David and Jason Benham ... had led prayers at anti-gay protests back in 2012.

Crew members tell us they're pissed at the network -- not the Benham bros -- for laying them off with 5 weeks left to go. We're told many are pissed because they passed up other jobs ... thinking they'd have steady work for a while.

Sources on set say the Benhams were "extremely genuine, nice guys" who never pushed their religious beliefs on anyone ... and even took co-workers to basketball games, bars and dinners.

The crew's attitude is if anyone's a Judas in this mess ... it's the HGTV honchos who pulled the plug even though they were fully aware of the Benhams' views on gay marriage.

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1.

jc    

The most powerful and intolerant bullies in America right now are GLAAD

136 days ago
2.

ASH    

The network is a JOKE!
Now it's back peddling.
Christians are being attacked left, right and centre
by the left leaning media.

136 days ago
3.

lili    

Just a load of bs for HGTV to do that

136 days ago
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Machelle    

WHEN did someone's personal beliefs result in being fired? I'm lost-did I miss the freedom revolt?

136 days ago
5.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

boo hoo

136 days ago
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JLS    

BIG WHOOP, so they cancelled the show and sent 20 to join the unemployment line! That's no big deal. Fact is these two idiots are something much worse=as in homophobes. They deserve what they get and if only 20 got chopped, that's nothing.

136 days ago
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JLS    

Having beliefs is one thing. Being an activist and recognized as some whacked out HOMOPHOBE is quite another! GOOD FOR HGTV!!!!

136 days ago
8.

STFU    

Who cares. Get a pair and kick rocks.ask the republicans for a job and/or show. Bet the 20 people u had hired look like a heavy snowfall # goodriddancesmitches.

136 days ago
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STFU    

Pound sand

136 days ago
10.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

These two phony religious losers go home and blow each other; they're obviously closeted homos. Keep reaching for that rainbow, and come out already!

136 days ago
11.

Jayne    

They should be thankful they got those 4 weeks of decent-paying work. Not complaining about losing the other 5. Not much is guaranteed in life.

136 days ago
12.

char    

They never said they hated gays. They said because of religious beliefs they don't believe in same sex marriage. Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs. You claim you want tolerance of others who are different regardless of color, creed or religion but yet you bully companies etc, to fire people who are different than yours. Hypocrisy at it's best!

136 days ago
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DiM    

While I feel bad for them, people who work in TV and I know a few, do understand that they can be out of a job with fairly short notice. It tends to happens, it's just the nature of this industry. I hope they find something before too long.

136 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

in america today..if you dont say gay is normal or natural apparently you fear them and hate them as humans...that is the media and gay rights group horse crap they have spewed and morons actually buy in to it

136 days ago
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Maire    

Ya it sucks to be unemployed ask the millions of others out of work. HGTV has a right to protect it's brand. Next time maybe check out who partner up with. Ask Mrs Sterling

136 days ago
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