A&E puts ‘Duck Dynasty’ star on hiatus after anti-gay comments

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By Patrick Kevin Day

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has been put on an indefinite hiatus from filming the smash hit A&E reality series following inflammatory remarks about gay people he made in an interview with GQ magazine.


Phil Robertson has been suspended from “Duck Dynasty” indefinitely following comments he made to GQ magazine. (Margaret Croft / The News-Star)

In a statement, A&E Networks said, “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.’ 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 networks has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

In the interview, which appears in the January issue of GQ, Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander family business of duck calls, referred to gay people as “homosexual offenders” who would not “inherit the Kingdom of God.” He also said a woman’s vagina was “more desirable” than a man’s anus.

“But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man,” he told the publication. “It’s just not logical.”

A representative for A&E acknowledged that Robertson would be appearing in some episodes of the upcoming fifth season of the show that had already been completed at the time of his suspension. The new season premieres on A&E on Jan. 15.

Robertson has drawn much heat for the comments, especially from GLAAD, which said, “Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”

The “Duck Dynasty” star also released his own statement to Fox411 on Wednesday, saying, in part, “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.”

Before the comments, “Duck Dynasty” had been an unqualified success for A&E, with the show’s fourth season premiere grabbing a record-breaking 11.8 million viewers, making it the top-rated nonfiction series in cable history.

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  • Matt

    Why is it that a man Connot have an opinion any more? Phil is right, biblically speaking homosexuals as they are will not be allowed into heaven. If they repent and hange their ways then its another story.but hey jack, vaginas are better.

  • julie

    This is really stupid! We are all different… Opinions are like assholes, we all have them. However we choose to use them (talking out of them, kissing them, f-ing them) it's a prime example of the diversity that makes up this country and it's all ok to believe our beliefs.. I don't agree with & I am often offended by the comments that Pat Robinson's co-anchor on the 700 Club says. Do you see the networks taking that show or the co-anchor off the show? Stupidity…

  • The World is Ending

    Liberals only believe in free speech when you agree with them, for example if you simply say that you don't agree with the homosexual life style then you are an evil bad person who should be cast out of society, but if you say anyone especially Christans who believe in God are nuts and should be driven out in to the wast lands of society then you are a good person.

  • LLM

    This is the agenda of gladd. They want to suppress any thought that goes against their belief and they use the power of PC to do this. Maybe the people should use the power of boycot against the stupid corporate executives.

  • joe

    Only trained Democrat party commissars are qualified to give opinions, only they understand what the daily truth should be, the feel good truth changes with the wind and anyone else’s opinions should be smashed by the angry mobs liberals(R).

  • guest

    why is it that a NORMAL person is not allowed to voice their opinion but the perverts and religion bashers can express whatever opinion they want with no backlash?