A&E Lifts Suspension on Duck Dynasty Patriarch, Says Show Is Not 'About One Man's Views'

Phil Robertson Leaving Duck DynastyPhil Robertson‘s “indefinite hiatus” from A&E’s Duck Dynasty has come to an end.

The cabler announced Friday that Robertson will be part of the popular reality show when it resumes production this spring.

The 67-year-old Duck Commander founder was removed from the show in mid-December after a GQ profile quoted him saying that being gay is a “sin” and comparing it to bestiality.

“While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article,” A&E said in a statement, reiterating that the network does not espouse those beliefs.

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“But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.”

After Robertson’s suspension, the family at the center of the series released a statement saying it could not imagine the show moving forward without him. In a TVLine reader poll, 68 percent of respondents said A&E was wrong to suspend Robertson.

The network added that it had consulted advocacy groups, as well as the Robertson family, before making its decision.

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  1. Mae says:

    Oh give me a break! He’s not sorry one bit!

    • Drew says:

      Why should he be sorry? He made a general comment about sexual behavior and the press cut it up and taped it back together to make it seem like a big anti-gay rant. It was silly. I think you’ll find that most straight men don’t see the appeal in having sex with men. Why is this shocking?

      • Angela says:

        Except that most straight men who don’t see the appeal in having sex with other men also tend to express that viewpoint in less offensive ways. Most straight men don’t start bringing up bestiality out of nowhere and express the difference between straight and gay sex in the most crass, bizarre way imaginable. Most straight men with any sense just go about their business and don’t comment on what gay people do in the bedroom at all.

        • Drew says:

          He discussed men sleeping around with men in the same breath that he discussed men sleeping around with women. You are willfully ignoring the fact that he wasn’t comparing homsexuality to bestiality, he was talking about sexual behavior across the board.

          If his comments are so offensive, why are you ignoring entire segments of what he said?

          • Angela says:

            Except by mentioning homosexuality, or men sleeping around with women, and then mentioning bestiality alongside it as he did, the IMPLICATION that they’re comparable in terms of their “sinfulness” or their “weirdness” or whatever is there. And the fact remains that he still made homosexuality out to be a bad, weird thing in and of itself when it’s not. So he doesn’t understand it. So what? He doesn’t have to participate, so why exactly does he care or feel the need to pass any sort of judgment on same-sex relationships?

          • Drew says:

            I have news for you… sleeping around with dudes is the same level of sin as sleeping around with chicks. Also the same level as becoming a masked serial killer like in the movies. There is no first or second degree sin. They are all the same. And one of the core beliefs of Christianity is understanding that we are all sinners and are all in need of redemption. So yes, according to his beliefs they are the same level.

            That is actually the opposite of being hateful or judgmental.

          • KevyB says:

            But once “bestiality” is thrown in there, you know that’s a bigot’s word. Most of us would say cheating on your spouse is sinful, but how many people ever say, “It’s right up there with bestiality!” To a bigot, homosexuality is equivalent to bestiality, yet other Christian “grave sins” like masturbation, blasphemy, or divorce are NEVER equated to bestiality. Why is that? Stop trying to pretend this isn’t the same exact bigotry we’ve heard out of the mouths of raving lunatic religious bigots for centuries.

          • Yo says:

            Well, Drew, I think you are right; this man slammed all kinds of behavior, including his own (drinking), but I am not reading that anywhere. Seemed pretty universal to me.

          • ImSmarterThanYou says:

            He said start with homosexuality and morph out from there. That is directly what he said. Then he talked about pedophiles, people who have sex with animals, and terrorists.

        • christina says:

          Honestly…he has nothing to be apologizing for!!! He has strong religious beliefs. He was asked for his opinion & he gave it!! Simple. Then for sales & promotion the magazine released pieces & parts for sensationalism…& all of u jumped on the bandwagon…lol. Whether u like what he said doesn’t matter at all. He was executing one of his constitutional rights…as u are doing in your comment. Wake up people!!! Taking away Phil’s rights will eventually lead to your own rights being tampered with. If u don’t like the show…exercise your rights & turn the channel—how much simpler does it get. Most straight men have no tolerance for ideas of homosexuality. So what?? It doesn’t bother me. I’d rather know how people feel. Why should anyone be stuck in the “proverbial closet” afraid to speak on how they feel? This is 2014. Its what gay people wanted…right? To be “equal”…well, it is what it is. Someone, somewhere will always say things people don’t like. Grow up!!

      • David says:

        His comments were full of hatred and bigotry. He was wrong for making them and never apologized and now no repercussions. The network made a bad call to continue with him.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          By hate do you mean later in the article where he says he and his family love everyone and that it is not their place to judge? I think maybe you should read the entire article instead of the one line GLAAD told you to read.

          • David says:

            His comments in the article were full of hatred. Just because he later talks about family doesn’t make the other comments okay. The ignorance that he has shown in his intolerance makes the entire group of people he represents look ignorant. Its simply about being tolerant of others and words do matter. He needs to learn that more than anything else. If he knew to keep his mouth shut it would have avoided all of this. I don’t judge the whole group of people based on his comments. But he shouldn’t be on the show anymore and they will lose support from people who don’t share their intolerance or ignorance. I am actually a fan of the show but am not sure whether I will continue to be or not. It should continue without him.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            You have very clearly not read the article. It has nothing to do with him talking about family. Here is the exact quote since you are too lazy to read the article yourself. Or would just rather go on blathering aobut non-existent “hate”

            “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

          • Chuck Finley says:

            Also, stop with the “learn to keep your mouth shut” crap. We can say what we want in this country. No one needs you or anyone like you going around telling everyone else to shut their mouths while you hand out your particular view of life.

          • David says:

            Comparing drunks and terrorists to homosexuals shows his ignorance. And AGAIN I have read the article. You choose to defend him because of comments he made about family ignoring the bigoted comments he made elsewhere. And yes he should keep hus mouth shut when hateful and hurtful comments are going to come out just like we all should. The world would be a better place if we all kept backwards ignorant comments to ourself.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            You keep going on about “family” and that makes no sense. I posted the exact quote and it has nothing to do with family.

          • Drew says:

            I just have to say… listing two things in a sentence does not equal comparison. He wasn’t saying I could say that I disagree with terrorism and veganism… that does not mean that I view terrorists and vegans in the same light.

          • 151proof says:

            read it all…

            Yeah, well I hate the fact that you don’t like or support our right to individuality and free speech, you judge him with the same discontent that you think he judges gays with. I think guy on guy sex is gross. I don’t like the idea. I don’t want my children exposed to it and I don’t want to be involved in it and according to my religion it is unnatural and a sin. It is, in God’s eyes, as the bible teaches us, a sin and as well no sin is worse than another.

            On another note, I have gay friends. I have liked most gay men that I have met and while I don’t support the act I support their right to express themselves how they see fit. I understand that they are prople too and deserve respect…My Bible tells me its wrong, I speak that out loud…gay people know this…why is it a suprise that a man sticks to his beliefs and voices his opinions? I see gay parades, I see gay pride day, there are organizations that are pro gay everywhere and preach this…why can’t I, or Phil, express our beliefs? While I don’t agree I practice tolerance. I hate intolerence, I hate biggotry but I follow a code of conduct for myself and my family…If your mad about his choice of words find somethiing better suited for you to waste your energy on. He didnt compare drunks to homosexuals…he put them in the catagory of SINNERS! yes, like thieves and murderers…your beef is with God and the Bible…not Phil Robertson…

        • You seem to be setting an awful low bar for “hatred”

          … and I should know.

        • christina says:

          Bottom line—freedom of speech. You may not like what he said, but must respect
          His right to say it. I’m unwilling to tale anyone’s constitutional rights away. If you don’t want to hear what he says, change the channel, don’t read articles about him or his family—that’s your right. Just be careful when u decide censure is appropriate because it will not stop at Phil—

      • Dr. L says:

        It isn’t shocking one bit! The ratings spike won’t be a shock either. Expect A&E to reach new audience records. They might be actually happy with all the “bad press” and word of mouth Dinasty has received. :D

      • Iwantmytv says:

        He also said that African Americans were happier before slavery was abolished. This is an ignorant, intolerant human being, full stop!

        • Chuck Finley says:

          No he didn’t. Wow this comment takes the cake. Do you even know when the Jim Crow era was????? I’ll give you a hint, it was a LONG time after slavery was abolished. Why do you even waste your time posting such a horribly misinformed comment? Stop calling other people ignorant when you are so ignorant that you don’t even know what Jim Crow laws were.

      • Geo says:

        He also made racist comments, like about African-Americans being happier prior to the Civil Rights movement. Are you ignoring those comments? How does he defend those with religion, the bible, or anything else?

    • LOL says:

      Bigots rejoice!

    • Chuck Finley says:

      He never said he was. His family apologized for the coarse language. But really, he shouldn’t be sorry just because you think he has to apologize for having different beliefs. That’s the definition of intolerance. We are at a crossroads in this country where we are going to decide whether or not one group of people is going to be allowed to dictate what is and is not acceptable for everyone else, including those that disagree with them, and so far it is blowing up in your faces. Just wait until the next election, it’s about to be bad times for gun hating, freedom of speech hating, anti-Christian, intolerant of anyone that disagrees with them liberals.

      • Angela says:

        Different beliefs is one thing. Saying homosexuality is a sin along the lines of bestiality is a whole other thing altogether.
        And it’s incredibly laughable that you’re sitting here talking about “one group of people being allowed to dictate what is and is not acceptable for everyone else”. I’m sorry, what party/political affiliation is it whose politicians overwhelmingly tend to support denying an entire group of people equal rights simply because of whom they love or sleep with again? Hint: it sure as hell isn’t us liberals.

        • Drew says:

          Why are you leaving out the hetero activity that he listed in his comments as well? Because that means that he wasn’t slamming gay people, he was talking about sexual activities that go against his beliefs in general.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          You must not understand the Bible then, sin is sin. One is not greater than the other. He also never made the direct comparison you are claiming he did. No one is denying gay people equal rights. Marriage is not a right, it’s an institution. No where will you find marriage listed as an inalienable human right. That makes it fair game for grown adults to decide if we are going to allow it or not. There are actually a LOT of conservatives out there that are ok with it. What we aren’t ok with is attempting to silence and punish those of a differing opinion. That is un-American and you should be ashamed if you think it is ok to stifle free speech based on your beliefs.

        • Angela says:

          @Drew: The focus is on homosexuality because homosexuals are still fighting for the right to get married, to have their relationships be seen as equal, etc. But I really don’t appreciate him making judgments on anyone’s sexual relationships, straight or gay. So long as everyone’s of legal age and consenting, why exactly does he need to get all bent out of shape over what they do?
          @Chuck: I do understand the Bible. But that’s the thing: homosexuality isn’t a sin. Just because the Bible SAYS it is (and there’s plenty of scholars who can argue that the quotes related to homosexuality are grossly misinterpreted by the anti-gay crowd, but that’s a whole other topic) doesn’t mean that it’s true.
          I do know that there are some conservatives who are supportive of gay marriage. And that’s wonderful! But unfortunately, a lot of politicians (hence why I stressed them and not conservatives in general) who are conservative don’t seem to feel that way. Marriage is a privilege, yes, which is why it mystifies me that some straight people are so overly protective of this institution. It’s changed definition a ton of times throughout history, first off, so people who get all bent out of shape over the definition being “changed” should be freaking out about all the other changes that have happened throughout history in relation to marriage. Second, we don’t “own” the privilege of marriage. Why people think they have the right to deny others the chance to do something that would make them happy because of their own personal issues with it (or their own religious views, which, if you want to go by some Christian view that frowns on homosexuality, that’s your issue, whatever, but you don’t have the right to push that worldview on others because this country is not a “one religion fits all” country) is beyond me. Especially given that in the areas of the country/world where gay marriage IS legal and HAS happened, society, contrary to what some anti-gay people seem to believe, hasn’t fallen apart at the seams.
          He’s entitled to say whatever he wants, I fully agree. But if what he says is ignorant and offensive, people are going to call him out on it. Bottom line, it’s 2013. Anyone who still, in this day and age, has an issue with homosexuality? Frankly, they should get over themselves.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            You wasted all that time writing that comment only to boil down your thoughts to the fact that you think your beliefs are paramount over everyone else’s and anyone that disagrees with you needs to “get over themselves.” That’s just a tired argument. That and you saying the bible doesn’t specifically call homosexuality a sin which is clearly does and it’s not open for interpretation.

          • Drew says:

            You seem to be under the impression that being treated equally means that a person’s actions are not only tolerated but loved and approved of. Being treated equally does not mean that we always hear what we want to hear from people.
            How many straight people around this country aren’t telling their parents that they are shacking up with their boyfriend/girlfriend? Why? Because it’s considered a sin.
            How many parents around this country will not allow their straight sons/daughters to sleep in the same bed with their girlfriends/boyfriends when they come for a visit? Why? Because it is considered a sin.
            Believe it or not, this isn’t some massive anti-gay agenda that Phil Robertson was talking about. He was talking about sexual activity in general, a lot of which is considered a sin in the Christian faith.

            He is not a politician. He is not a judge. He has no power over anyone. He was voicing his opinion the same way that you are voicing yours now. Other religions believe that eating pork is a sin. Do you have problems with them? Countless vegans believe that meat is murder… they equate anyone who eats a hamburger to an actual murderer! How many celebrity vegans have been suspended for their beliefs?

            I am not going to debate with you whether or not the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin (though I argue that the real discussion isn’t over whether someone is gay, but the actions of that person. The same as with straight people). That whole discussion is not relevant. What is relevant here is that Phil Robertson did not slam gay people. He did not pretend to be above them. He did not say that their sins are above all others. In fact, he said that their sins were on the same exact level as any hetero sinner… and that is not an offensive comment to any real Christian since the core belief of Christianity is that we are all sinners and are all in need of redemption. If you are truly a Christian as you imply by going on about the Bible (why would you care otherwise) then you should be willing to admit that point.

          • 151proof says:

            just because the bible says its a sin doesnt mean it is? What planet are you from??? I dont have a problem with people being gay, but it is a sin…and because I call it a sin…doesnt make me a biggot. it may have been insensitive but he doesnt deserve to be boycotted because of his beliefs and expressing them…if that were the case gays would be persecuted, along with other races and the world would be a much scarier place. We fought for our ammendment rights get over trying to control them.

      • David says:

        His comments were full of hatred. It has nothing to do with his beliefs. You just can’t go around talking about people the way he did. Also just because a group of people don’t agree with him doesnt make them anti Christian. He needs to learn when to shut his ignorant mouth.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          I would say the same for you. You are just another example of an ignorant person that has very clearly not read the ENTIRE interview and instead read one single isolated comment. Had you read the entire article you would have seen his quote about the fact that he does not hate or judge anyone. Even the quote you are referring to had nothing to do with hating anyone else. He said why, as a straight man, that gay sex is not desirable to him. Oh the humanity.

          • David says:

            I have read the whole article. The comments you refer to do not make the other comments acceptable. I accept people’s differences and don’t go around making ignorant reprehensible comments in a public forum. He chose to do that.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            As is his Frist Amendment right to do, but hey I already know you liberal types think that particualr Amendment only applies to speech you agree with or if you think someone is telling you that you can’t run off at the mouth in public.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            Also that “public forum” was in his home and on his land. He was asked pretty obviously bated questions by a guy who ended the artcile by suggesting the part of the country he is from is “Godless”, which is BS.

          • David says:

            A GQ interview is a public forum regardless of where he makes them. And in your opinion liberal means tolerant and accepting while conservative means ignorant and full of hate. I don’t feel all conservative white men that live in the south and hunt are ignorant like him. But he is. Don’t sit there and try to profess you know anything about me. I am liberal and heterosexual but I also am able to form my own opinions based on what I read and experience. Phil had the right to do the same but I’m not a public figure and he judged a whole group of people that he knows nothing about.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            No liberal means “being tolerant of only those that share our views and completely and utterly intolerant of anyone that has different views.” Just to make it crystal clear for you.

          • Angela says:

            No, Chuck. For one thing, “tolerate” can also mean “to put up with”. I can accept the fact that he has the right to say whatever he wants without automatically supporting what he says.
            But do answer me this: why exactly is someone supposed to show respect and tolerance towards someone who doesn’t seem to feel the need to show respect and tolerance towards them and others like them? If you want respect and tolerance, you have to earn it. And if someone makes gay people out to be sinful and mocks their relationships, why exactly does a gay person, or someone who supports gay relationships, have to respect their worldview in return?
            And going by that logic, I should be totally respectful of and tolerant towards racist or sexist views. After all, they’re just “expressing a different viewpoint”, right?

          • Chuck Finley says:

            Both of those last two things you listed, you actually do have to tolerate them. The Supreme Court has ruled time and again that even hateful speech is protected by the first amendment. This isn’t the UK and we don’t have laws against racist or sexist speech in the public domain. And to be perfectly honest, I would rather allow both than to give people like you the power to start picking and choosing what speech is and is not allowed. This isn’t about what you or I personally find offensive, it’s about not letting certain groups dictate to everyone what is and is not offensive and what they may or may not hear from others, otherwise known as censorship. It goes both ways, liberal and conservative. Neither group should set the standard for everyone to live by.

  2. Drew says:

    So A&E realized that they just shot themselves in the foot and ended this completely pointless suspension (they are on hiatus) in an attempt to stop the bleeding.

    This whole story was a waste of time. They blew some random comments way up and made a mountain out of a mole hill. Talk about a PR nightmare.

    • Kim R says:

      My first thought was that they remembered who butters their bread. It was all pointless indeed. :)

    • Words might be small, but coming from a lot of people, especially from public figures, is demeaning and dehumanizing and leads to fear-mongering and hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, “conversion” camps for teenagers against their will, closet shame and suicide. If people keep preaching that you’re a sinner for just breathing and thinking, God hates you, you’re no better than some animal effer, it’s bound to have a profound and traumatizing impact on at least some people. Especially if so-called Christians take such words to heart to the extent that they direct their inherent violent tendencies toward gays. Google gay murder. 138,000,000 results. And then ask yourself about self-proclaimed Christians who are okay with this. Be terrified.

      • Chuck Finley says:

        Your post loses any credibility when you suggest Christians have “inherent violent tendencies”. I doubt a PC person would say the same about Muslims even though their track record when it comes to “gay murder” is extensive. So what if google has that many hits concerning “gay murder”. That doesn’t mean every single one of them is a unique story about a Christian murdering a gay person, or that all of the hits are in the US. I agree with you about the high suicide rate for gay teens and you had a good point there. It’s too bad you trivialized your entire argument by adding a bunch of unfounded nonsense about Christians murdering gay people.

        • I don’t suggest that anyone has inherent violent tendencies except people with inherent violent tendencies. Some of those people happen to be Christian, Muslim, even Atheists. And just because some of those hits are overlapping stories, it doesn’t diminish how the number is too high. Nice try but not really. Way to ignore the points in favor of being argumentative and nitpicky about phrasing. That makes gay murder okay.

        • And you missed the part where I said “so-called Christians”. Are you still a Christian if you’re a murderer and thinks it’s okay to murder teh homoz, or are you just an ignorant sinner?

          • Chuck Finley says:

            Gay murder is not the problem you are suggesting it is. You should stick with the suicide rate if you want to make a point. Why don’t you post some statitistics about “so-called” Christians murdering gay people with an actual reference instead of citing “google.”

          • Just because it’s not an epidemic that hits every town, it doesn’t mean that one murder in the name of God is ever acceptable. And way to miss the point again.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            No I saw your point that all Christians hate gay people and want to murder them. You made it pretty clear. Too bad it is in no way true.

          • I’m noticing that you like to project your own ideas of what you think people with differing views feel, even with no evidence to support it.
            My family is Catholic. And my friends have various faiths. The Christian ones tend to avoid the topic or even vocally reject homophobia, stating how it is impossible to be a Christian while persecuting the innocent and actively giving people, gay or not, reasons to reject the love of God. It’s in line with what the current Pope has been saying. God is supposed to love everyone, whatever their supposed sins may be. Capital H He is the only one with the authority to judge.
            So, when you’re saying that I’m trying to claim that all Christians (I never even use the word ‘all’, take a look) hate gays and want to murder them … it just makes me feel sorry for you. There has to be a lot of anger there for you to see that I view all Christians as ready to explode monsters with a gun. Have a heart is what I’m saying. For Matthew Shepard, Michael Polding, Lawrence King, Daniel Zamudio, Mark Carson and Billy Jack Gaither, just to name a few. They were all gay and they were all murdered for being gay. I want to believe that they would still be alive if there wasn’t so much hateful, anti-gay rhetoric based on ignorance that assumes that gay people are less than straight people and deserve to be demonized, minimized, even jailed. This way of thinking is toxic and gives violent people a target. It needs to end. There’s plenty of Christians who agree.
            The number of Google hits for gay murder went up to 142 million. I hope it’s just talk and someone else hasn’t died since my initial post.

  3. Bobbi says:

    I’ve never watched the show and won’t start now. But, A&E could have stopped this interview and prevented this entire mess. I believe this was done purposefully. They have created a huge public relations disaster that has resulted in unbelievable amounts of press. Now, they welcome him back with open arms and hope the ratings will go even higher from all the people that are curious. I am so cynical in my old age.

    • Meg says:

      Supposedly, according to TMZ, the PR rep from A&E didn’t go with Robertson on the portion of the interview where he made the comments. The reporter took Robertson out on ATVs, the PR rep didn’t go, and that’s when the reporter asked him those questions.

      • Bobbi says:

        Maybe so, but they still should have had the right to see the article. They knew his views long before this interview ever took place. They shouldn’t have allowed him to be interviewed alone, if that, in fact, is what happened.

  4. Shanzee says:

    As a black mother of young lesbian I feel absolutely disgusted by that decision. I see money always wins. Shame on you, A&E!

    • taran63 says:

      As a white father of a young heterosexual, I’m fine with the decision. Although, I respect your right to disagree with it.

      • aa says:

        That’s because you’re unable to put yourself into the shoes of those that aren’t as privileged as you. People of color and/or non-heterosexuals don’t get that luxury.

        • taran63 says:

          Yes. Because every white person is rich. And every black person is poor.

          • Eric says:

            Privilege has a lot more to do with just money. In fact the majority of it is not based in money.

          • ES says:

            Wow. You have no understanding what white privilege is, do you? Nothing at all to do with economics since it trumps wealthy non-whites at times. So, do some reading.

            But really, this guy is rich and makes pronouncements from his viewpoint and at no time whatsoever has he tried to even understand what life is like for people other than people like him. So tell me again why I should care about him and what he thinks?

            The whole show is fake like every other reality show. Look at the pictures of his family before the show started filming – the frosted hair his sons had, how the beards didn’t start until the cameras came. Please, these people are just the same as any other reality tv family, don’t believe the PR anybody gives you.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          Oh God, the “white priviledge” card has been played. Is that you Jesse? Did you get your meeting to try to extort A&E over comments that didn’t involve you??

      • maryploppins says:

        Hahahaha wow well that must be easy for you. I’m glad you are dealing with these trying times with such courage and determination.

    • Amanda says:

      As a AFRICAN-AMERICAN mother with a homosexual brother, we could of cared less what Phil, Duck Commander or anyone else said…only you can give someone the power, it’ll be different if he committed a crime or hindered someone. But I we go all half cocked on everyone who has an opinion about my race or his sexuality, we wouldn’t be enjoying the life we live…most people who find him soooo offensive are ones who really never watched the show, after watching two episodes with my brother and his companion, we kinda expected those comments to come outta his mouth.

      • Mike R. says:

        Just because the comments were not a surprise does not make them acceptable.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          Who are you to deem what is and is not acceptable for everyone else? It’s always the “tolerant PC police” that seem to want to take up this role. You would be better off just ignoring it and letting him say what he wants. This whole fiasco was caused by people that can’t keep their noses out of everyone else’s business.

          • Angela says:

            Says a person who supports a guy who apparently thinks what gay people do in the privacy of their bedrooms is his business and something to comment on.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            As an informed voter, gay marriage is my business. Don’t like it? Tough.

          • Mike R. says:

            Honestly unless you are actually gay, gay marriage should not be any of your business. We shouldn’t have to vote on a right that is already given to straight individuals.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            And let me guess, unless I am a woman I have no right to an opinion on abortion right? You libs are funny people. Regardless of what people like you say, I do have a right to my opinion and I do have the right to vote based on that opinion. For a group so hell bent on suggesting conservatives are control freaks I would think you wouldn’t want to run around espousing control freak ideas.

          • Mike R. says:

            Frankly, I don’t care if you think gay marriage is “wrong” or “immoral”, as you have all the right to feel that way, but as long as you are not denied any rights, and I still am, I don’t think you should be responsible for voting on the right you already have, and I am still denied. I do not want to control how you think, no one is forcing you to get gay married, but I do not agree with people like you voting on my rights.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            That’s interesting considering I would vote to allow gay marriage where I live. But you like to judge and think that because I defend a man’s right to voice his opinions and his freedom of religion that I would somehow deny you your freedom. I really don’t get this “only people that agree with me should be allowed to vote on an issue that concerns me” stuff you are saying. I like how you think that anyone who is conservative is automatically homophobic and out to deny you your rights. Which again, they aren’t.

          • Chuck Finley says:

            By the way, you have no business quoting wrong and immoral like that. That suggests that I said both of those things and you won’t find a post on here where I ever said either of those things. You are attemtping to put words in my mouth and I won’t put up with it.

          • Mike R. says:

            You are a defending a man who would certainly vote against gay marriage, so you should understand how it was misconstrued that you would vote against gay marriage. To be fair I don’t think gay marriage should be voted on period, because it is a right given to heterosexual couples who never had to vote on it, I don’t vote on your marriage, why should you or anyone else be able to vote on mine. Why should on be in the wrong for putting words in your mouth when you did the same, I never said all conservative share these views, but by defending one who does, it sure looked like you did. Sorry for making it seem like you said “wrong” or “immoral”, but you did the same thing. I agree that Robertson had all the right to say the things he did, just as I have right to disagree with what was said, and as A&E had the right to disagree and suspend him.

          • Angela says:

            @Chuck: My point was that you’re sitting here saying everyone should keep their noses out of his business. Except he doesn’t seem to have a problem with sticking his nose into other people’s business, so why should we do the same?
            You are right that you shouldn’t only care about political issues that concern you and you alone. But the idea that someone needs to get so involved in people’s personal romantic relationships, to the point where they think they have the right to decide whether or not the government will allow them to happen at all (’cause, after all, we all know how saintly and “moral” our government officials’ romantic lives are! They’re totally in a position to judge!) is bizarre.
            It’s especially amusing to me when I do hear from the conservative politicians who think the government should be in the business of dictating people’s romantic lives (or what women can do with their bodies), given they’re often the same ones harping on about “limited government interference” and how “the government needs to stay out of our personal lives!”.
            (Again, to clarify, not saying ALL conservative politicians are like this. Just thinking about the ones that do express such views.)

        • Drew says:

          Maybe I am missing something here… can you post his specific quotes and explain how they are not acceptable? Not the chopped up pieces from other news sites and not the commentary from other writers. I mean, can you tell me exactly what he said that is unacceptable?

          Despite what everyone says, he did not draw a comparison between bestiality and homosexuality, he simply listed both in a longer comment about sexual behavior… including hetero behavior.
          He did not make racist comments. He did not compare homosexuals to terrorists…

          If what he said was so bad, why do people keep lying about what he said?

    • Chuck Finley says:

      Like you watch Duck Dynasty. What some reality star says has no bearing on you. You want everyone to be tolerant of your kid and you listed your race because you think that those two things somehow make you “special.” You aren’t, and your beliefs aren’t any more special than those of Phil Robertson. Where are people like you when TV shows are promoting underage drinking and sex? Promoting drugs and promiscuity? Violence? Doesn’t fit your agenda I guess?

      • Chuck Finley's Secret Gay Lover says:

        It’s not OK to hate yourself and preach intolerance just because your ashamed of your secret homosexuality Chuck Finley. When you learn to accept yourself, God and the rest of the world will learn to accept you too.

        • Chuck Finley says:

          I don’t make it any secret that I am intolerant of liberals. Your crap has made this country a sad shell of what it used to be. The good thing is it’s not going to last much longer. The tide is turning.

  5. Travis says:

    Done with A&E. What a joke.

  6. webly3 says:

    What he said were his opinions – not everyone has to agree with them. I don’t for one. But I’m sure not everyone will agree with half of these commentators opinions either. But, I do think that if the show were to go on after this suspension, it wouldn’t be as good as it was before. So, I think this decision was right. But the whole scandal was a complete and utter waste of time when really he was just going to come back anyways.

  7. LOL says:

    Will Paula Deen appear in the new season?

  8. Tamera says:

    What a shocker! A&E must have crunched the numbers and saw how much money Duck Dynasty makes them, they can’t afford not to have the show on the air. I don’t know why his statements were so shocking, considering where they are from.

  9. Really says:

    Don’t get me wrong , i LOVE reality shows. But , this one is just plain stupid. I can’t. even.

  10. Ed says:

    Ok sooo Paula Deen’s world comes crumbling down because she called a man who was robbing her at gun point a bad word. Yet a Duck Caller compares Terroists to Homosexuals and other nasty stuff and there’s a huge petition to get him reinstated not to mention A&E caves.money talks I guess. Whatever.

    • Tamera says:

      You are so right Ed. Riley Cooper (WR for Philly Eagles) said the same word and people were calling for his dismissal from the team. Now that he is a top receiver and they are still in it for the playoff, ESPN is publicizing his “Road to Redemption”.

    • Drew says:

      He never compared homosexuals to terrorists. He was talking specifically about how it is only God’s job to judge people and everyone is acting like that comment was offensive.

    • Amanda says:

      No Paula Dean’s world came down because she didn’t have enough sense to not hire family to run your restaurant or that segregation ended already. What she did demeaned her employees, all this dude did was talk stupid to a magazine..ignorant he is, he didnt intentionally set out to harm anyone, she did…unfortunealy to those who don’t experience these acts, there’s a difference.

      • Me says:

        Ah, that law suit was dismissed against her for lack of evidence. The PR smear campaign against her had already killed her by the time it happened though.

    • Annie says:

      Paula Deen admitted in her deposition to using the n word several times and telling racist jokes with that word. She used that word as late as 2010.

      This guy told what he believed. It was not a racial slur or a gay slur. Happy that Paula is gone and I’m fine with Duck show. I tried to watch Duck Dynasty and I don’t care for it, but I do believe he has a right to an opinion. He is not Westboro Baptist. Thank goodness! He doesn’t preach hate like those idiots.

    • Chuck Finley says:

      Who cares what Paula Deen said. Black people have integrated the “n word” into their vernacular and use it constantly. It’s a bunch of hypocritcal nonsense perpetuated by race baiters.

    • Greg says:

      I agree, his comments were much worse than Paulas and her whole life was destroyed. This guy didn’t lose a single dime, endorsement or anything. Sadly probably became even more popular as the poster boy for bigots.

      • Amanda says:

        I hate that im defending this, but do you even know what Paula did? She did more than just say some words….THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE! She flipping created a “Colored Only” bathroom for her minority employees, she demeaned them in front of patrons in her restaurant….that’s why she lost everything…yea she may of been joking or trying to recreate the past, but what she DID, not say, but DID was disrespectful…..now I’m not saying Phil was right, but he never said DID anything…

  11. “But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views.”

    no, its about one networks profits. A&E is trash anyway. their shows are all fake reality crap. quit watching them sometime ago anyway, glad to see I was right in doing so. absolute garbage.

  12. Mike R. says:

    Let’s be honest, A&E didn’t have much of a choice, they either brought him back or the family would have stopped doing the show, but I’d be lying if I said I agree with their decision to bring him back, especially since the entire cast( disregarding the coarse language) probably agree with Phil. What he said was disgusting, and keeping him on their air only furthers conservative stance to continue to use the bible to justify their bigotry. It is what it is though but I have lost significant respect for A&E, but it is a buisness.

  13. SW says:

    What a bunch of greedy cowards. They only did it because that ridiculous show makes them so much money. Lifting the suspension is letting him get away with what he said and shows others that they can get away with being homophobic as well without any consequences. He and his family are not sorry one bit and this just shows that A&E couldn’t care less about offending their fans or anyone in the LGBTQ* community as long as they’re making money doing it. I’m really disappointed and disgusted by this decision.

    • Drew says:

      Which of his comments did you find the most offensive? I mean specifically, while reading the interview, which comments offended you the most? Can you post the full quote?

  14. J V Smith says:

    I think Pope Francis said it best ‘who am I to judge?’

  15. Char says:

    As a black woman I am happy that they reversed their decision. I am so tired of this new pc America. I am tired of the gay agenda being shoved down our throats. I & nor does anyone else have 2 agree with that lifestyle. The people who push this are the Real bullies. I also happen to be in the minority in saying I think my community was much better off during the Jim Crow era, because @ least they stuck together & our families were intact and our community had dignity & weren’t always looking for handouts.

    • Greg says:

      Maybe you should take some time and read his comments on black people and see if you feel the same way. Do you also think the black agenda was shoved down peoples throats?

      • Chuck Finley says:

        I think maybe you should read his comments on black people first because you clearly don’t have a clue what he even said. If you did, you would know your comment makes absolutely no sense.

  16. Jack says:

    A&E punks out.

  17. SS says:

    I’m sick to death of hearing about the Duck DyNazis.

    • Drew says:

      It takes a special kind of person to think that anything that this guy may or may not have said even remotely compares to the Nazis.

      I would describe exactly what kind of person but I don’t want to get banned. Get back to me when the Duck Dynasty crew slaughters millions of people.

      • taran63 says:

        Exactly! It’s like when someone can’t hold up there end of an argument, they just shout Hitler! or Nazi!, as if that will prove their point. There are very few events in the history of the world that can compare to the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
        No matter what you would think about the comments spoken by Phil Robertson, I would hope you could agree that the actions of his life are nowhere in the same league of evil as the actions of the life of Hitler. If not, then it’s my opinion that your argument loses all credibility.
        If you disagree with Phil Robertson’s comments and would like to express your disagreements, then we are blessed to live in a country where you can do so as loudly as you want, just as he can express his views as loudly as he wants. But please stop comparing him to Hitler. It is a lazy comparison to make, is shown to be false by just a few seconds of thought, and does a disservice to all those people who really did suffer do to the words and actions of Hitler and the Nazis.

  18. Tee says:

    I never watched Duck Dynasty (actually, I tried once, didn’t get very far – but to be fair, reality shows aren’t usually my thing). So you know, I will just go on not watching it. My thing is, I don’t really think it was a free speech thing. There have been multiple instances of far less public employees getting fired or suspended when they are publicly linked to a company and do something their bosses don’t agree with.

    The network looks stupid for waffling though, just like Cracker Barrel, like they couldn’t decide which side of the debate was more advantageous to pander to. Especially cause his beliefs hardly seemed like a surprise and I barely know a thing about him.

  19. Kate Escobar says:

    *snickering* it’s SPN and the PCA’s alllllllllll over again. this is amusing the heck outta me. so A&E i believe was /feeling the pressure/ poor things. tsk tsk tsk.

  20. Chuck Finley says:

    The funny thing is 95% of the people commenting against the show start off by saying they have never even seen the show nor will they ever watch it. But they want to be damned sure that anyone who does want to watch it not be allowed to because it might contain a message that the bible frowns upon homosexuality. Oh the horror. If you don’t watch the show WHY DO YOU CARE???? Because you want to tell other people what to think and force your views on them. But wait, you are the same people that HATE the Parent’s Television Council or whatever it is called because they gripe about the content of television these days. These same people have no problem plopping their kid in front of a tv filled with sex, drugs, violence, and illegal activity just as long as no one talks about the bible. I mean really, Duck Dynasty is where people draw the line? SMH.

  21. Greg says:

    The comment sections online around this story are appalling, very thankful to live in Canada where we don’t celebrate bigots and encourage prejudice.

    • Drew says:

      First of all, what bigot and what prejudice?

      Second, what comments here are celebrating anyone? I don’t see anyone celebrating anyone.

    • Chuck Finley says:

      By the very act of suggesting your country is somehow better than the US based on your assertion that there is no bigotry, you are being a bigot yourself. By the way, Anti-Americanism is one of the fastest growing areas on bigotry in Canada, along with hating Muslims.

      • Greg says:

        You are either a pathetic internet troll or a sad person.. I hope for your sake that you are trolling.

      • Liz says:

        We for sure have an islamaphobic problem in Canada (though it’s not as bad as it is in the US, it’s still pretty bad here though). But the anti-Americanism is usually just more of a joke here than an actual thing. We hate on Americans as part of our cultural identity and we have legit issues being a small country living next to the biggest one in the world. How do you keep your identity when there’s SO much Americana coming at us. It’s a legitimate concern, but to call it bigotry is untrue.

    • Liz says:

      Ditto that. We’re not a perfect country and we have a lot of issues for race and sexuality, but thank goodness we aren’t the US.

      • Chuck Finley says:

        A prime example of a Canadian that doesn’t know being Anti-American based on what they read in the media is just another form of bigotry.

        • Liz says:

          Pst, I’m currently doing my PhD on Canadian-American cultural relations. Sooooo I kinda actually do know what I’m talking about.

          • cute as a button says:

            You’ll have to ignore him. It’s the same victim complex that I’m sure makes him believe there’s a “War on Christmas” going on somewhere.

    • kate says:

      Canada’s way better just because everyone knows how awesome hockey is.

  22. William says:

    One man s ignorance doesn’t make it wrong for him to express his opinion vase on the writings of flawed badly wrtten book of tales. And that’s just what it is. Stop listening to reality tv stars or stars of any genre. In the big scheme if thinfs they are irrelevant and what they think doesn’t matter unless you nake it matter. So stop paying attention to what an ignorant says in a public forum. Doing so will make you a bigger idiot. Rise above his stupid ignorance; it will show that you are snarter than those who belueve wgat the book if ignorance makes them believe

    • Chuck Finley says:

      A guy that can’t spell or use proper grammar calling anyone else ignorant is pretty amusing. You also sounds like a complete moron calling the Bible a “book of tales” when it is a historical reference with many many parts that are easily verifiable. But I guess we should go with you because you are “snarter” than everyone else right?

  23. Rose says:

    I’m certain the decision was motivated by the money earned through advertising and merchandising. I have never watched the show, and I’m certainly not going to contribute to a show that bows to the dollar instead of doing the right thing.

    • Chuck Finley says:

      Let’s be honest here, you don’t even watch this show do you? And are you saying that everything on TV should conform to your beliefs? That sounds a lot like the much maligned views of the Parent’s Television Council that posters here hate so much. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t insist on beeing free of groups like the PTC to watch what you want then try to tell others that a show they watch must be pulled from the air because you disagree with something that was said by one of the stars in a magazine article.

  24. Monica4185 says:

    What is sad is that there are people who actually watch Duck Dynasty. I don’t get why this show is so popular or any “reality” show for that matter. I watch one episode and fell asleep. I don’t get it.

  25. charlie says:

    So, to sum up, a man expressed his opinion in a public forum, as is his right under free speech, which displeased his “bosses”, so they took action, also their right as his “employers”. A lot of people took offense at these remarks, however they received them, and a whole group of people got offended at the suspension. Both groups of course had the right to voice their displeasure. Now the man has had his suspension lifted, and the two groups are still arguing, again which they have the right to do, as it revolves around their opinions. What’s the common thread here? People’s rights.

  26. U can't handle the truth says:

    Spineless! It’s because of all the pressure they were getting they caved. Middle America is all on his side about the comments he made about gay people but everybody seem to sweep the racist comments he made about black people? It’s what I expect from most people on here and everybody else. Face it most people may say there not racist but when push comes to shove and especially online where like you people said freedom of speech always show there true colors of hate and racism

    • Chuck Finley says:

      Could you quote his racist comments for us? He didn’t say anything even remotely racist. He compared his family to blacks in the Jim Crowe era. He clearly said he was in the same boat they were being “poor white trash” and working in the same fields they were doing the same work. That’s hardly racist. You have been listening to Jesse Jackson too much.

    • Angela says:

      *Raises hand* From Middle America. Don’t agree with his views one bit, about gays or black people.

  27. Jillian says:

    This shows how truly spineless A&E is. While I do not condone his actions, at least Phil stood behind his beliefs. A&E buckled due to public outcry. What exactly did this ‘suspension’ prove if they sit here and reinvoke it a week later. They’re probably not even filming the show right now so all this suspension did was create controversy. I have lost all respect for A&E now.

    • peye says:

      A&e is just playing the game. They knew that they weren’t really gonna keep him off the show. They just wanted to appease ” I got my feelings hurt” crowd. I can’t believe that Phil comments became an issue. It’s known that religion doesn’t not look friendly upon being gay. And yeah, maybe those people don’t need to remind gay people that being gay is a sin. But the reaction just shows how the weak minded, easily offended people have take over this country. If it was up to the people that are against phil, it would be illegal to hurt someone’s feelings even if it’s not meant to. I for one don’t want to live in such a boring, gray, politically correct world that lacks any humor or joy.

  28. kate says:

    I’m rooting for the ducks.

  29. Kris says:

    There have been so many good TV Shows cancelled & so many different Reality Shows popping up. I don’t watch them! I am really sick of listening about Duck Dynasty. Almost as bad as the Kardashians! People get a life! Why are you arguing & who cares!

  30. LM says:

    “Duck Dynasty” is basically a sitcom, bordering on a cartoon (it is funny).

    If you can draw those men with a few strokes of a pencil (those beards, and headgear), they are cartoon characters.

    And ol’ Phil is entertaining but far from a role model! We were entertained by Archie Bunker, but don’t respect him. The same goes for Phil.

  31. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I freaking knew A&E would fold. I even said it in a forum on this website last week that would happen. Money wins over values and ethics most of the time. They weren’t going to give up their highest rated show and all those advertising dollars. I’m sorry to see it happen though, because now I will have to still listen to my mother talk about this show non-stop for an unforeseeable future. I personally find all these reality shows about families to be so stupid. There is no difference between what the Kardashians and the Duck Dynasty people are trying to sell. They are all just whoring themselves out for money and creating a false reality of what their lives are really like.
    On an unrelated note, I’m so sorry to see Chuck Finley commenting in TVLine forums again. It had been so long since I’d seen him that I assumed he had crawled into a hole and died I guess I couldn’t have been that lucky. What a horribly argumentative and insulting person he is. The last I saw of him was back when government-funded birth control was a hot issue and he was calling TVLine posters wh*res who liked to sleep around just because they took birth control. Charming fellow. I wish TVLine would block him.

    • Francine says:

      Try that again… I noticed when he answered a question with the wrong screen name- oops! Of course it was explained that it posts using his old screen name (Chuck Finley) and somehow automatically changes to his new one (ajintexas) after posting one comment. Wonder what the excuse is now that he’s back to his old one…. and of course I got told I spend too much time on the internet if I noticed that, lol. I hate when posters are so disgustingly ignorant to others and you tend not to forget their names. Of course that’s the whole point though for people like that….

    • LB says:

      I don’t think Chuck Finley disappeared. At least over the last few months, he was spreading his misery on TVLine’s recaps for the reality singing show, The Voice.

  32. Someone should say it. says:

    Why on all websites like this do I never see the REAL reason Phil worded things the way he did? I don’t watch the show, and I’m not trying to take sides here, but I wish people would realize one thing, the reason he mentioned homosexuality with bestiality has nothing to do with how he feels about the issues (or the people). He mentioned those two (and the others he did) because he was pulling out of the Bible. The man is a devout Christian, so when he was asked, he stuck pretty close to what the book says. Bestiality and Homosexuality are mentioned together in the Bible. It’s as simple as that, there was no more thought put into it by Phil. And yeah, he didn’t exactly tread lightly, but the man’s not an actor, he just an ordinary guy who lives his life while there just happens to be cameras around. He probably doesn’t KNOW about watching what you say and keeping things PC. That’s the problem with using normal people for television shows, they are going to act like normal people in situations like this (and by normal, I mean they are going to say things they realize afterwards they probably shouldn’t have, considering the entire world is going to hear it).

  33. Gordy says:

    if you don’t like the show then change the channel! jeez. if people think having sex in a mans anus by a msn is sick and unnatural then they have that right. Dan savage is put on a pedestal and he’s a sick pup. look what name he made up for rick Santorum. that was super sick. glaad gave h an award. double sick. c’mon guys quit porking each other in the anus you can’t have babies it can’t be right

  34. Gordy says:

    God loves us all heterosexual homos saints and sinners we will be judged

  35. Char says:

    @ Greg I read what he said about black people & I’m not offended in the least. I happen to think integration was a huge mistake & we should have stayed segregated & fought to have equal rights. When we were separate we had our own businesses. Now my community is a shell of its former self. Back then fathers were in the home & took care of their families, protected them. Now the crime rate is astounding& don’t even get me started on how many single parents we have now. We traded one he’ll for another.

  36. Josh says:

    he said nothing hateful or hurtful, he didn’t damn anyone to hell, he simply stated his views and beliefs. the way he spoke his mind was respectful now the scary thing is, he did it in a gentlemanly way and got fired, “this is America” if he gets fired over this, we are looking at really scary times!!!!

  37. Truth hurts says:

    I love that A&E apparently buckled under a petition that had 250,000 signatures…for a show that apparently has 14 million viewers. Where were the 13.75 million other signatures? It would have been no big deal to lose that few of viewers. And it really seems to be the same loud mouths (or fast typers) on every single blog and article defending him. This whole thing is ridiculous.

    • Truth hurts says:

      Oh, and by the way, I think he should have been suspended and had the police look into the fact that he stated that he BEAT a bartender and his wife and FLED the state and had his wife pay them off. THAT is truly offensive. But hey, he found Jesus, all is forgiven. *eyeroll*

      • Drew says:

        There’s nothing to investigate. The beating would have occurred in the early 70’s, which means that criminal charges could not be brought against him by now. Furthermore, he settled with the victim out of court, so any civil charges are out.

        That’s not to say that I’m defending his actions here. I’m not. But the facts are the facts. Sometimes the truth hurts.

  38. Ginger Snap says:

    So this is a TV show. If you are offended by this guy, the best way to deal with the situation is to avoid watching the show. I have never seen this show and have no interest in ever watching. I don’t need 132 posts to say that. Nor do I feel the need to debate with Chuck Friday about it.

  39. Libby says:

    oh come on, we all knew how this would play out…they are a cash cow, and A&E wasn’t going to let it come to an end. I personally have never watched, never will. But millions do and millions believe the Robertson’s are the beginning and the end.
    Just one more thing shame on you A&E

  40. Laurie says:

    Phil exercised his right to free speech, whether or not anyone agrees with what he said is immaterial.

    A&E had a knee-jerk reaction because Phil’s comments were not PC. They realized the show would not go on without him and, knowing this would affect their profits, they back-pedaled. Typical of a TV network that is concerned most about money.

    Now, about some of the earlier comments. All of you need to read the entire GQ article. Anyone calling Phil ignorant needs to look that word up in a dictionary. You (and I) may not agree with what he said, but that does not mean he, or the comment, is ignorant. He is actually very well-informed and knows the Bible backwards and forwards. This is the opposite of ignorant.

    • Drew says:

      The funny part is that the people who are calling him ignorant never seem to be able to quote exactly which part they found offensive, because they haven’t actually read the interview themselves. Which makes them ignorant. I must have asked a dozen different people to give me quotes over the past week and I haven’t gotten one person who can tell me where the offensive part is. They just know that it is really bad, because the people who they get their thoughts and feelings from have told them that it’s really bad.

    • cute as a button says:

      knowing the Bible =/= informed.

  41. twnkltoze says:

    I’d say the vast majority of viewers of this show will continue to watch the show if they are anything like Phil and his family. Rednecks who twist the words of the Bible to interpret it in their own bigoted, ignorant beliefs, narrow beliefs. That’s MY opinion and interpretation of the article and his comments and I am allowed to voice it just like Phil, without judgment or consequences. Now that he’s gotten off scott-free I can only imagine what’s going to come out of his, and the rest of his backwoods, white-trash, nouveau-rich families mouths next. It all comes down to the money that A&E is making off of them. All I know is that Paula Deen should be P.O.d for losing her livelihood for allegedly uttering the “N” word years ago and then throwing a historically-correct theme party. Maybe A&E will pick her up?

    • Drew says:

      Can you tell me the exact quotes from the interview that you found to be bigoted, ignorant and narrow? Also, can you explain how he twisted the words of the Bible?

  42. I could care less either way. A & E went a bit far to get rid of him but like I said I could care less. TV has lost its touch with people because everything anyone says or does is being criticized. I personally don’t watch tv much anymore and now that another of my shows has lost a valuable member ill prolly never watch tv again and im only 28. Too many people out there want to ruin it for everyone else when all they had to do was switch the channel.

  43. peye says:

    I think people need to stop being so sensitive. Just because someone doesnt agree with your lifestyle doesn’t mean they don’t respect you as a person. Phil talked about what he believes, but I don’t remember him calling anyone anything but a sinner. I have an idea, if you feel the need to tell people what you think is right or wrong…..dont….and if someone offends you, go to therapy and don’t leave until you start acting like a grown up.

  44. Josh says:

    As a gay man, I could care less about this. He made some ignorant comments about gays and black people. It’s been almost 2 weeks…it’s over and done with. He believes in what he believes. But we shouldn’t have to see this everywhere. It’s ridic.

  45. kenara says:

    A&E should be ashamed of themselves.

    First, the network tried to scam the Robertson family by trying to impose its own views on this conservative family. Second, the network failed miserably because it then tried to use the network to punish Phil Robertson by removing him from the TV series. Third, the Robertson family are self-made millionaires and this forced the Robertson clan to close ranks against the network.

    Then, as an insult to injury, the Robertson family refused to film another episode as long as their patriarch was forced out of the series.

    Finally, A&E caved to pressure because fans and viewers of the series saw this for what it was, an attempt to curtail an American’s constitutional right to free speech. He didn’t make the comment as a representative of either the TV show or the network and it’s sad that A&E execs couldn’t separate the two distinctions.

    In other words, A&E was in a losing battle because they had no ground to stand on. They were on the losing side the minute they yanked Phil from the show because unless the rest of the family agreed with the network, they wouldn’t be able to solidify their position.

    Oh, and A&E knows nothing about religion. Homosexual behavior is condemned by every organized religion on this planet.

  46. Disappointed says:

    Appalling, reading all these Duck-defenders. The Jim Crow era was fun! Homosexuals are sinners, says Jeebus, the invisible white dude in the sky! This country needs an enema to relieve us of the American Taliban.

  47. Hopefully this will be the last season of DD and A&E will go away too. Bigots do not belong on television.

  48. awsome says:

    Yyyyyyyy do they gotta destroy duck dynasty

  49. Janice says:

    He had nothing to be sorry for! He expressed his beliefs. Those who bothered to read what he said next know it wasnot hatespeech at all. The rest who react to evrry sound bite or excerpt will continue to do so. Mountain out of a mole hill whivh gave the magazine, cable station.and the program lots of publicity.