‘Duck Dynasty’ Family: ‘We Cannot Imagine the Show’ Without Phil Robertson

by The Hollywood Reporter
December 20, 2013

The Duck Dynasty stars have issued a statement amid the controversy surrounding family patriarch Phil Robertson’s anti-gay remarks. The Robertson clan says they “cannot imagine” the show without him, and that they are “in discussions” with A&E about the future of the series.

“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,” reads a statement posted on the family’s Duck Commander website. “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.”

A&E declined comment on the Robertson family’s statement.

On Wednesday, A&E placed Robertson on indefinite suspension after he made incendiary comments in a recent GQ profile.

“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 said 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.”

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Art Hock says:

    A& E has become another Obama gay puppet. Freedom of Speech only applies to their lopsided thinking. The libs can’t read the bible cause it has too many long words, at least 2 syllables.

  • David Ruff says:

    Well, you know A&E is no different than Congress. Decisions are always made according to how the political “wind’ blows. Nevertheless, the Bible does say that “…men who lie with men will not enter the kingdom of God.”

  • Robert says:

    Both the T V news Medea and the scum bags in the White house and there Political Correct B S they are trying to force on the American people They can stick it where the Sun Dose not Shine.along with there Agenda 21 there N D A A and there U N Constitutional Laws.

  • modernminuteman says:

    So they are proud supporters of the Gay and the LGBT sick community but they are certainly not supporters of the Constitution and so that is the last time i watch A&E!

  • ME says:

    Either he goes and the show goes from my home.

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