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A&E back off on Phil Robertson due to backlash

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A&E has ducked away from a controversy surrounding the stars of its hugely popular reality series Duck Dynasty.

The network issued a statement late Friday backing away from its previously announced suspension of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the clan behind the successful Louisiana-based Duck Commander duck-calling business. The suspension was triggered by Robertson's interview with GQ, published last week,in which he made anti-gay statements, which he said reflected his religious beliefs.

The interview sparked protests from human-rights groups, and led to A&E's quick decision to suspend Robertson from future episodes. But that action also triggered a backlash from some Dynasty fans, who tried to organize a boycott of the network -- and Robertson's own family, which suggested it would not be willing to keep filming the series without him.

In a statement, the network cited its "core values" of "inclusion and mutual respect" to explain why "we reacted so quickly and strongly." "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. He also made it clear he would 'never incite or encourage hate.' We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold."

The statement then offered some wiggle room: "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," the statement said. "After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family."

An already completed 10-episode season will begin airing Jan. 15, with all of the Robertsons featured. The new episodes, scheduled to be shot this spring, will air later next year. Duck is the No. 2 series on cable TV, behind The Walking Dead, and ranks among the top 30 of all TV shows with an average of 13
Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM
I'm so sick of this. So many bigger issues in the world.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Dec. 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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It shouldn't have been an issue at all really.

Quoting Anonymous: I'm so sick of this. So many bigger issues in the world.
Pnukey
by on Dec. 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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The truth as I see it: A&E met with their accounting office and changed their minds. Cha-ching. $$$

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Dec. 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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Liberals want everyone to think and feel their way. No one can tell someone how to feel, think or act. That is communisim. I don't agree with him but I agree he has a right to his opinion as the next guy. We are headed in a bad direction.
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by Colleen on Dec. 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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They realized the money they would lose.He spoke what he felt and people jumped him for it.Thats not right.Just b/c you dont agree with him doesnt make his opinion wrong for him.

JTE11
by Member on Dec. 29, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Well, who did they think was watching the show? People who were disgusted by the family's religious beliefs wouldn't be tuning in. All religious beliefs aside, kicking him off was shooting their cash cow in the foot.

withsecond
by on Dec. 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM
I don't agree with what he said but I also don't feel he should be pulled from the show.
If people don't like what he said, they don't have to watch anymore.
I never watched it to begin with.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Dec. 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM
The show is A&E's highest rated show. Their empire is worth millions.
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