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'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Suspended by A+E for Anti-Gay Comments

December 19, 2013 01:32:49 GMT

The network has placed Robertson 'under hiatus' from filming the reality show for the time being following his controversial comments about homosexuality.


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A&E has quickly taken an action after Phil Robertson's controversial statement about homosexuality was released in a January 2014 issue of GQ magazine. The network announces that it suspends the "Duck Dynasty" star from filming the reality series for an indefinite time.

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty'," A&E says in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

A representative for the network confirms that this means Robertson is kicked off the show for a yet-to-be-determined period. The hit show will carry on with the rest of his family.

Robertson landed in hot water after saying about sin in an interview with GQ, "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine." He continued, "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."

"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."

GLAAD slammed the reality TV star following his anti-gay comments. A spokesperson for the organization, Wilson Cruz, said, "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe."

Cruz added, "He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans - and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."

Robertson has responded to the critics, telling FOX411, "I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

"However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."

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posted by STFU on Dec 21, 2013
I think he should stay off the show never to be seen again. I am agnostic, but freedom of Speach has its limits and offending thousands upon thousands is where you draw the line.
posted by Sanabel on Dec 20, 2013
Step up sponsors! Phil has a right to give his scriptural opinion, just as the gay folk systematically push their agenda through tv, movies, elementary schools re the "alternative" lifestyle .. what is the difference?? They can call anyone homophobic that does not accept their way of life, why can't someone speak an opinion as to what they strongly believe? Its a 2 way street folks- can'thave it all your way!
posted by jjp on Dec 19, 2013
HE DESERVES SUSPENSION AND FIRING. HE IS A PIECE OF REDNECK SCUM
posted by A&E sucks! on Dec 19, 2013
Even nature says homosexuality is wrong...only in the human world, is it acceptable.
posted by american on Dec 19, 2013
I feel this is the problem that everyone wants to be polically correct well the people that founded this great country was not that way was tired of being told how to live now we are slowly going back to being told this it upsets me that we have a bunch of week hearted people running this country and even tv stations and such that every one has went to making money will buy anything you want reality tv put phil back on you had real reality now you can not handle it all of the goverment is for lining there own pockets and not concerned with what they are doing to this country same as tv producers and such they all want to fill there pockets and will stand for nothing have no morals or values of there own because the change them to the highest bidder that goes for ourgoverment as well
posted by An American on Dec 19, 2013
TV needs more of Phil Robertson -- not less. This is still AMERICA--- is it not? He gave his personal beliefs which many Christians agree with and should be protected under our right to free speech. I doubt the Robertson's are THAT dependent on A+E and I for one hope they take their business elsewhere!
posted by Emily on Dec 19, 2013
If A&E is to weak "like the rest of America" to hear one person speak the truth, than A&E doesn't deserve Phil. Every single American can speak their opinion whenever and however the what. Miley Cyrus says "it's my mouth I can say what I want to!" So why can a CHRISTIAN say what they want? I back Phil up all the way and I am proud to say that I believe exactly what he said. You cannot inherit the kingdom of God unless you have professed with your mouth that he is Lord. I'm sorry but if you are going to let this little opinion of mine or Phil's to bother you, then you must be really insecure.
posted by shar on Dec 19, 2013
I 100% AGREE with Phil. He did not single out one person. If you read the entire article he is saying his personal beliefs. And the BIBLE tells us the samething.One more thing Im sure Phil will be fine without the show, he was before it started!!!!
posted by Billy Bannister on Dec 19, 2013
PHIL YOUR A GOOD MAN YOU SAID THE HONEST TRUTH AND THATS FINE YOU SHOULD NOT BE KICKED OFF BECAUSE OF WHAT YOUR BELIEF IS IT SAYS SO RIGHT IN THE BIBLE THAT MAN SHALL NOT BEE WITH ANOTHER MAN AND A WOMAN SHALL NOT BE WITH ANOTHER WOMAN AND I AGREE WITH HIM I DO NOT LIKE GAYS BEING MARRIED BUT I LIVE WITH IT AND HE PROBABLY DOES TO BUT AT LEAST HE DONT GO UP TO PEOPLE AND SAY IT TO THEIR FACE SO PHIL DID THE RIGHT THING AND HE SHOULD GET PUT BACK ON THE SHOW. SCREW THE PEOPLE WHO TOOK HIM OFF!!!!!
posted by Phil Supporter on Dec 19, 2013
He shouldn't be suspended for what he believes in. I can't wait until A&E gets their head's straight and put him back on.
posted by Redneck pride on Dec 19, 2013
whoever sayed the phils a redneck scum can kiss my redneck ass
posted by TSE on Dec 19, 2013
Phil is right. I agree 100% that homosexuality is wrong, and in no way did he or I say that they will go straight to Hell. If a sinner repents, then they will inherit the Kingdom. Romans 10:9 says "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead then you will be saved." There are two types of people in this world: Sinners, and Sinners saved by Grace and Grace alone. Phil is a Sinner saved by Grace and I a proud to call hi my brother in Christ.
posted by GP on Dec 19, 2013
Phil was only saying what he believes and that is the 1st amendment. A&E made their statement and that should have ended it. Christian speak and they are wrong but if the gays speak they are right. Maybe the Robertson's need to move their show to another network. To much PC Police now days.
posted by Greg on Dec 19, 2013
This is call on all Christians to boycott all A&E shows except Duck Dynasty until Phil is reinstated.
posted by Gods warrior on Dec 19, 2013
It is crazy that in this world now you are wrong for believing how you want to believe. If someone doesn't support gay marriage they have the right to do so. He did nothing wrong except answer honestly. A&E is wrong to punish him. Christians do not believe in gay marriage because it states in the bible that it is a sin, plain and simple
posted by Cliff on Dec 19, 2013
Jesus predicted that just before His return as Judge, there will be a strange, dangerous fad - a spontaneous global steamroller notable for its speed, violence, and impudent in-your-face openness. In Luke 17 He called this worldwide craze the repeat of the "days of Lot" (see Genesis 19). By fulfilling this worldwide mania that's secretly coordinated by unseen spirit beings, gays are really hurrying up Christ's return and making the Bible even more believable! They've actually invented strange architecture: closets opening not on to bedrooms but on to Main Streets where kids can see naked men having sex in "Madam" Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco Brothel District. We wonder how soon S.F.'s underground saint - San Andreas - will get a 10-point jolt out of what goes on over his head (see the dire prediction about cities in Revelation 16:19, and Google "Obama Supports Public Depravity"). What's really scary is the "reprobate mind" phrase in Romans 1:28. A person can sear his conscience so much that God finally turns him over to S, the universal evil leader whose unseen agents can give a "possessed" person super-human strength that many cops with tasers have trouble subduing! Remember, gays don't have to stay bound to their slavery. Their emancipation is found in a 5-letter name starting with J - no, not James or Julia. As soon as they can find out the all-powerful J name, gays will really start living! (Also Google "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans," and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up.")
posted by QWVTZ on Dec 19, 2013
The truth hurts but without it, judgment day will hurt more. Phil answers to a higher power than A&E.
posted by Bowman on Dec 18, 2013
This is point less and I will not be watching that channel "A&E" until he is allowed back on. He is a good man
posted by GOPHIL on Dec 18, 2013
AMEN! God bless Phil and all he believes in! You go Phil.
posted by jfjf on Dec 18, 2013
YOU GO PHILL, YOU DONT NEED A&E I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAID!!!!!!!
posted by God fearing folk on Dec 18, 2013
Phil Robertson only spoke to what every upright Christian believer knows from the bible. The position of A&E is the true path of ignorance.

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