A&E Reverses Duck Dynasty Star’s Suspension
A&E has decided to lift its suspension of reality television star Phil Robertson – the 67-year-old patriarch of the smash hit Duck Dynasty.
“After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming ‘Duck Dynasty’ later this spring with the entire Robertson family,” the network said in a statement.
Robertson was suspended nine days ago for an interview he game to GQ magazine – a conversation in which he offered his unfiltered thoughts on homosexuality, religion and other matters.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson told GQ. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson continued. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
Robertson went on to say that the only way to avoid eternal damnation was to “put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead.”
A&E immediately suspended Robertson for expressing views that were “in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
That decision prompted a flood of criticism – along with threats from Duck Dynasty’s core demographic to boycott the hugely popular show.
A&E is owned by Walt Disney and the Hearst Corporation. Duck Dynasty is easily its most popular show, with a loyal following of more than 14 million viewers per episode.