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Fox News Expert: Buzzfeed story on 'Fixer Upper' stars a 'hit piece'

"Buzzfeed's [story] was basically a hit piece," VP of Bernstein Crisis Management Erik Bernstein told FOX411.

Pop culture expert Cate Meighan echoed Bernstein's comments saying the article was a "real reach" on a "slow news day."

Buzzfeed published an article about the Gaines' pastor Jimmy Seibert who has come out against gay marriage and called homosexuality a "lifestyle" choice and a "sin."

The media site came under fire for publishing the story which others called an unfair attack on the Gaines and a "non-story" as the couple themselves had not made those remarks.

Neither Bernstein nor Meighan believe the controversy will have a negative effect on their show's ratings.

"I don't think it will have an effect on their show but it really depends on how they handle it and how they respond," Meighan said. "If they had made malicious comments then it would have been different but that is simply not the case... Everyone has the right to believe what they believe and this reporter was really fishing and created a story out of nothing," she said. "You could dig into any celebrity's life and find someone close to them with harsh views."

The Gainses have yet to publically comment on the article and did not return FOX411's request for comment.

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