The Robertson Family Is “in Discussions” With A&E Regarding the Future of “Duck Dynasty”

Issues statement following Phil Robertson’s suspension.

photo by Art Streiber/A&E

Perhaps you’ve heard, the Robertson Family of A&E’s Duck Dynasty has been all over the news this week, following a GQ article with some controversial remarks made by patriarch Phil Robertson. Chiefly, he implicitly compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism, and also suggested that black Southerners were perfectly happy prior to the Civil Rights Movement.

Assessing his view of sin in the world, Phil said, “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,” he proposed.

Those comments led to Phil being “indefinitely” suspended from filming the show.

Now the family has released a statement about the matter and, as expected, they are sticking together. With Phil out of the picture for now, the Robertsons are currently figuring out how and if Duck Dynasty moves forward without him.

“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support,” the family said in a statement. “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.”

Duck Dynasty first aired on A&E in March 2012. The show, which just wrapped its fourth season, is the most highly watched reality series of all time. A fifth season is slated to start Jan 15.

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