“Duck Dynasty” has quickly become one of the most popular shows on television, but with the sudden controversy surrounding the patriarch of the Robertson family, it looks like it might not be around much longer.
Phil Robertson has been in the news this week after an article that ran in this month’s issue of GQ quickly drew the attention of, well, everyone. Robertson expressed his views on homosexuality, saying, “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. 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…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.”
The article got him suspended indefinitely from the show, and A&E released an apology after his comments drew criticism. The Robertson family then released a statement, saying they are in talks with the network to sort out their options.
“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”
It’s not clear at this time where the network will go with the show, or what Robertson’s plans are for the future as far as reality television goes.
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