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Brothers defending their faith

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Two brothers shown the door by HGTV before their upcoming real estate show made it on the air say that if their Christian faith cost them a shot at TV fame, “then so be it.”

David and Jason Benham said Thursday they were disappointed that HGTV pulled the plug on “Flip it Forward,” due to debut in October. After the network announced the show was upcoming, the lobbying group Right Wing Watch labeled David Benham an “anti-gay extremist” and reported on statements he made against homosexuality and gay marriage.

HGTV spokeswoman Audrey Adlam refused to say why the show was canceled.

“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles and dedicated professionals,” they said in a statement. “If our faith costs us a television show, then so be it.”

Memoir due in fall

Herbie Hancock’s memoir is scheduled to come out this fall.

Publisher Viking announced Thursday that the Grammy-winning musician’s book, titled “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities,” has a release date of Oct. 28. The memoir will be co-written by Lisa Dickey, who has also worked on books by Jane Lynch and Cissy Houston.

Hancock’s deal with Viking was first announced in 2012.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Guitarist Nokie Edwards is 79. Actor Albert Finney is 78. Guitarist Sonny Curtis is 77. Producer-director James L. Brooks is 77. Singer Tommy Roe is 72. Singer Clint Holmes is 68. Actress Candice Bergen is 68. Singer Billy Joel is 65. Actress Alley Mills is 63. Actor John Corbett is 53. Singer David Gahan is 52. Rapper Ghostface Killah is 44. Singer Pierre Bouvier of is 35. Actress Rosario Dawson is 35.

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