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Phil Robertson's Family Refuses to Film 'Duck Dynasty' Without Him

Phil Robertson's Family Refuses to Film 'Duck Dynasty' Without Him

The Robertson Family has just released a statement saying that they refuse to film their hit reality show Duck Dynasty without patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended by A&E over anti-gay comments he made to GQ.

“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,” the family said. Read the full statement inside the post.

A&E announced the suspension on Wednesday night and said “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.”

The suspension has elicited a debate all across the country about first amendment rights and whether Phil should have been suspended for voicing his own opinion.

DO YOU THINK Phil Robertson should have been suspended from Duck Dynasty?

Click inside to read the Robertson Family‘s full statement…

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.

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  1. 51
    Lori Says:

    Its about FREE SPEECH thats all—just exactly what we are all doing by posting our “opinions” right now. Live the way you want , Phil does and hes not afraid to say it. Phil can say and believe what he wants–I hope the Robertson’s stand their ground and move to another network!

  2. 52
    There it is Says:

    “To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

    Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.

    “I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,”
    “In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added.

    “I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A-, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”
    —— Camille Paglia renowned Professor, Feminist, Social Critic

  3. 53
    as if Says:

    Phil is allowed to say whatever he wants.
    Corporations are allowed to make decisions about their employees behavior while on the job and off. Phil is an employee of A&E
    A teacher can say outside of school that it should be okay to have sex with pre teen kids. Do you really want the school system to ignore because the teacher has the right to say whatever she wants while outside the school.
    A football player shoots a gun at a club and hurts no one. The NFL will suspend him for harming the brand.
    /
    Change what Phil said about gays to jews. If he said the bible said if you do not believe in God you will go to hell. Jews will go to hell if they don’t change. Would you really be fighting to protect Phil from a suspension.
    Lastly this is not a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of Speech is only when the gov’t is involved. Phil signed a contract with A&E. They are making him and his family multi millionaires. A&E has the right under that contract to suspend him .
    /
    Stop bringing up if Muslims had said the same thing nothing would happen. You have no example of that just knee jerk Fox News brain washing stuff. Show examples where some Muslims who is works for a corporation said such bull and I bet I will show you the same reactions.
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    I see you all are ignoring the Jim Crow comments of good of boy Phil. Typical!

  4. 54
    You people are effin' ridic Says:

    You people are such hypocritical twinks, this isn’t even funny anymore.

    I love how when a liberal in the public eye says something wrong and gets fired, y’all HIP HIP HOORAY yourself into a drunken week of celebrating, making sure to post your dislike of liberals on every social media site you can get your hands on. But when a Republican acts like an a-hole, it’s all “Oh NOEZ! You are infringing on his first amendment rights! You :insert whatever company: are against American values and the Constitution” blah blah blah. Umm, no sorry. When you say your piece and it is posted, printed and reported on around the country, you got to use your 1st amendment and no one stepped on your toes.

    It’s also hypocritical how y’all are jumping on this bandwagon of Phil having every right to say and do what he please, because this is Amurrica! YEE-HAW. But then when A&E exercises the same rights, y’all throw a fit and want to start burning buildings. A&E has every right to put Phil in a time out. I’m sure the entire family signed a conduct contract/clause that probably stated that because they are representing a company, they must conduct themselves with good manners and good sense. It’s too bad Phil disobeyed those rules.

    And the third hypocrisy. I love how Phil talks about how it is Jesus’s job to judge everyone and then he goes on to liken 2 consenting adults in a loving relationship to that of people who f*uck animals. Are you kidding me? How disrespectful. I cannot even imagine the outrage if a gay person in the public eye likened straight relationships to that of bestiality. All hell would come down over this entire United States. I’m sorry but to say that it isn’t right to be judgmental of others and then to continue your interview by insulting a large group of Americans. That’s a bunch of BS. I hate people who quote the Bible, especially when they quote like 5 sentences from the entire book and use that to justify their hatred and bigotry. Ummm I’m pretty sure, like Phil said, Jesus will be the one to judge us all in the end, so maybe we should leave that job to him and be respectful of others. You know, like Jesus taught us. It’s amazing how many people forget the drawing of the line in the sand and that He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone. NONE OF US ARE WITHOUT SIN! So this judgment and VOTING to take away rights of people because you claim to be a Christian is disgusting and shameful. Y’all don’t know the first thing about being a Christian.

    It’s amazing how to some of you, gay people and gay marriage is what is ruining this country and the sanctity of marriage. Well seeing as gay marriage is not legal in all 50 states, but straight marriage is, the rate of DIVORCE in this country is thanks in part to all of us straight people. Pretty sure that is ruining the sanctity of marriage in this country. So I have to ask, why don’t all you Bible-thumping rednecks and politicians try to ram in legislation that makes divorce illegal? Oh that’s right, because you WANT to be able to divorce whomever you choose. Amazing how y’all are able to sin with the law on your side. And then you have the audacity to claim righteousness is on your side when you pass judgment on your fellow brothers and sisters of Christ. Again I say, many of you don’t know the first thing about being a Christian. Shame on all of you.

  5. 55
    Cry Me A River of Croc Tears. Says:

    @Great!: You’re not one of the smart ones, are you?

    I love people who scream out THE CHILDREN! WHY WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Okay, Mrs. Lovejoy, you can calm your knickers. http://youtu.be/Qh2sWSVRrmo

    But you know what I would like to know is if you can you tell me, what shows are showing all this supposide gay kissing? Because I rarely see it on TV and when I do, it’s on ADULT TV SHOWS. So personally, if all these innocent young children are watching ADULT shows, I’m pretty sure that isn’t the fault of Harry and Larry or Mary and Carla, it’s the PARENTS who are at fault.

    And again, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a large percentage of gay people out in public tongue f*ucking each other. Why? Because gay people are still so discriminated against, many don’t feel comfortable in showing affection to their significant other. So most likely, little Jimmy and Jane are watching Harry & Mary and Larry & Carla fondling each other in the park and mall. Why don’t you throw a hissy fit about all that sexually advanced imagery being cast upon the young’uns eyes. Oh that’s right because you are nothing more than a bigot whose unwilling to be tolerant in a country that is progressing, as we say here in Wisconsin, forward, not backwards. So get with the program because this country is moving into a world where gay people are going to have more rights, be allowed to marry and will actually be out in public kissing. So either lock yourselves in your doomsday basement or start becoming more acceptable of your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who were made in the same image of God that you were made in.

  6. 56
    eternalozzie Says:

    This has nothing to do with free speech like all the hateful bigots shaking their bibles here are crying about. Almost all networks have clauses in their contracts about what kind of image the network want to project and their stars must follow those guidelines. The Duck Dynasty hick violated that part of his contract. It is that simple.

    A&E and it’s sister networks are perfectly in their rights to sanction their employees for public hate speech.

    Even though the bigots are loud here on the internet they are the minority … you can find most of these fools going from site to site with their hate. It’s the same 20 or so idiots on each site.

  7. 57
    Cry Me A River of Croc Tears. Says:

    @Great!: Also, to your first comment. How exactly are Christians not getting to speak their mind. Our country is so Jesus-centric, we have politicians in office putting together laws based solely on religion and their Christianity (even though our Constitution talks about the separation of Church and State). We have GOD written on our goddamn money. How utterly disrespectful to God, to place His name on such a false idol. The Pledge of Allegiance was changed from one without the word God to one with the word God. All politicians place their hands on a BIBLE when being sworn in (which I personally find utterly disgusting, we have a separation of church and state. I would prefer politicians place their hand on the Constitution and pledge to uphold THAT). And the list goes on and on. You Christians have to be the stupidest whiniest bunch of babies I’ve ever seen. You control so much in this country, yet b*itch and complain constantly about how you are sssooooo oppressed in this country. So get off your high horse and stop crying your crocodile tears because you don’t know what in the he!! you are talking about.

    Oh and PS….Many theologians believe that saying the actual word GOD is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Why? Because as mere mortals, we are not worthy or on any sort of level to use such a holy word. It’s funny how many people sin on a daily basis because of that and don’t even realize it.

  8. 58
    Are you all aware... Says:

    That when you keep quoting the Bible in regards to homosexuality, you are quoting things from Leviticus, a part in the Bible from the Old Testament. As Christians, we follow the New Testament AKA the words of Jesus Christ. You can argue all you want about how Jesus is God but you can’t take away from the fact that the Bible is split in two between two different minds and ideas. If you follow the Old Testament, then wouldn’t you be Jewish? How can you call yourself Christian, following the words of Jesus Christ and then only go back to the Bible to follow the Old Testament and CHERRY PICK what you want to follow and what you don’t want to follow. Shame on you all for that.

    As for the words in the Bible in regards to marriage, every passage on marriage DOES NOT state that the marriage should be between a man and a woman. The Bible gives stories of polygamy, monogamy, also self-induced castration and celibacy, as well as the practice of wedding rape victims to their rapists. It promotes that a man can stone his new bride to death if she is found to not be a virgin on their wedding night. That men should not be around/have sex with women on their periods (guess what, straight couples do do this). That man should not lay with another man, but straight couples have anal sex, so that’s okay some how?? The Bible talks about it is sin to cut your hair, get tattoos, not eat shellfish or hooved animals, to not touch pig skin (welp, there goes Sunday Night Football), that the Sabbath should be holy and seeing as some of you cherry pick your way through the Old Testament, you should know that by keeping the Sabbath holy, many believe (Jewish people, seeing as keeping the Sabbath holy is from the Old Testament) that means not doing ANYTHING on the Sabbath and for some that day is either Saturday or Sunday. So when you go to Saturday night church or Sunday morning church, you are breaking a commandment. When you watch football and encourage others to do so and encourage the NFL to keep the games on Sat./Sun. you are breaking a commandment. And the list just goes on and on and on and on and on. So you can keep attempting to act all high and mighty with your “This is God’s words and plans” but the fact is, you don’t know God’s words or plans because you don’t follow everything. You pick and choose what you want to believe in and how you want to act and then have the audacity to claim you have the higher power on your side. Nope I’m sorry, you don’t. You don’t follow God’s plans and personally you are just as bad as the gay people you hate so much and like to condemn. If gay people are going to hell because they don’t follow God’s words and laws, well guess what SO ARE ALL OF YOU! because you break His words hourly, daily, monthly and yearly, probably for the rest of your life.

    When I was a Christian, I believed in a higher power, but now as an Agnostic, I don’t know if I believe anymore. Could there be a higher power and a God and heaven and hell? Possibly. But as of right now, I don’t necessarily believe. But I will say that prior to my new beliefs, my ideas from when I was a Christian are the same. If there is a son of God named Jesus, then he will judge the living and the dead and seeing how every single person and I mean EVERY.SINGLE.PERSON. that he meets will be full of sin, I think he will judge everyone by their actions here on Earth. Were they good? Were they kind? Were they judgmental? Were they full of hate? And personally, the big one, how they treated their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. So what you are some of you going to say to Jesus when you meet him and he asks you, “How did you treat your fellow brothers and sister?” and you’re going to have to say, “I condemned many to hell because I believed I had the right to pass judgment on them and that my word was law and final.” Think Jesus is going to be happy and respectful of that? I don’t think so. So many some of you really need to get your acts together and start accepting the words of Jesus Christ. You know: Not casting stones, Doing unto others, Being your brother’s keeper, Being tolerant and accepting and loving and Leaving the judgment to Jesus.

  9. 59
    Vivian Says:

    Double Standard. Libs I guess get to pick and choose what FREE SPEECH is. Everyone has a different opinion on JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, so I guess if you break it down, IN OBAMAS AMERICA THE LIB PICKS WHAT OFFENDS THEM AND WHATS NOT APPROPRIATE. The pope, clergy member or anyone of any religious order better watch out.

  10. 60
    the boss has the right to fire Says:

    A&E is writing the million dollar checks and have the right to reject these honestly absurd homophobic and racist ideas. If my boss saw a crazy post of mine on Facebook, he would fire me in a minute whether I like it or not. Bottom line is if you work for someone and if you are in bed with a private company, they have the right to determine what is bad for their image. These guys should have known better. Keep your mouth shut and collect the millions. A&E doesn’t need the headache. If someone make disaparaging remarks about women and children or condoned violence against children let’s say, should their network allow them to still be on their payroll?

  11. 61
    Human Resources Says:

    People don’t understand free speech. When you work for a private company, they have rules to abide by. Do you ever sign those HR forms? Do you ever go to HR seminars? I went to one once and my employer basically said if I made unprofessional comments about a co-worker at an after work function that had nothing to do with work, you could be fired. Don’t be ridiculous. If you want to me homophobic, do it in your own home.

  12. 62
    AM Says:

    @Great!:
    I agree with you! Well said.

  13. 63
    fascist 'merca Says:

    “Do it in your own home” –where the NSA records all of your communications. haahaa

  14. 64
    Oh Yeah!!! Says:

    @Great!: Amen to that!

  15. 65
    Jessie Says:

    I called it that they wouldn’t do the show . You think companies care about people’s opinions; only when it impacts their bottom line. They knew who the Robertsons were when they hired them. They just don’t want them to state their beliefs or opinions in public.
    .
    This is America where people can no longer state an opinions without someone threatening them physical harm or losing their jobs. You think that’s going to make people approve of the Gay lifestyle? You think the head of companies think being gay is ok? H ell no, they just won’t tell you that. Except the head of Chik fil A and Barillo and those companies are doing just great.
    .
    People don’t have to share my opinions or yours, that’s what the U.S. was suppose to be about, now it’s the opinion police. You can’t change peoples opinions by punishing them, you only cement their beliefs and make them angry. Phil just stated his opinion and belief. I don’t have to like his opinion or him, but he has the right to say what he believes. Anyone can be offensive to someone else, but we’re becoming a nation of cry babies. He doesn’t like my lifestyle, boo who who. Gays say they want tolerance, look up the definition of tolerance, it’s not acceptance. They and their supporters aren’t tolerant of other people’s opinions.
    .
    I don’t care if someone is Gay, it’s not my business, It’s not up to me to approve of them or accept their lifestyle. I don’t have to agree with Phil on anything he says, but you keep taking away people’s right to an opinion, it’s going to blow up in a big way. That’s human nature, you push and they push back.
    .
    Sunshine @ 12/19/2013 at 10:50 pm

    You’re misinformed if you think Christians are the only religion that doesn’t accept homosexuality.

  16. 66
    longwinded libtards Says:

    he can say what he wants
    they can fire him

    political correctness and pressures brought to bare against the individual will end free speech as you know it
    corporate America/Govt.. owns you
    one in the same in a Fascist State
    privacy is gone and your lifestyle isincreasingly under a microscope
    what you say,what you eat, where you go, who you talk to etc.
    This seems to be OK with the Left right now because they feel as though they are in power but that will change
    and it WILL be used on you
    Just remember you were okay with it
    but that is the hallmark of the left: hypocrisy, short memories, superiority complexes

  17. 67
    derp Says:

    opinion = hate speech………… When you disagree with the opinion seems it centers more on Political Correctness and the Power behind it.
    Ignorance is not against the law …yet

  18. 68
    Oh Yeah!!! Says:

    @Nikki: I have never seen a black person on Duck Dynasty though. I mean never!

  19. 69
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  20. 70
    larascott Says:

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  21. 71
    Wrong my friend Says:

    @Are you all aware…:

    You are incorrect and need to reread the New Testament. Also, homosexuality is mentioned in the in several other Old Testament books as well as the New. God flooded the earth to destroy the wickedness & perversion of man. Also, Sodom & Gomorrah wiped out for sexual perversion especially of men lying with men and other wickedness.. No matter how you try to spin it our bodies was not created for perversion whether straight or gay. God created man and gave him a woman! Society has perverted the Father’s creation and man will have to answer for it, if they have not repented, accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and asked God to change their hearts and thinking.

  22. 72
    Krist Says:

    @Great!:

    It’s actually not. If you look at the history of the bible, it’s been changed and altered a number of times. I respect your beliefs, but just know that the bible has been altered multiple times.

  23. 73
    larascott Says:

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  24. 74
    New Lows Says:

    It’s pretty sad when you go to your kid’s Christmas, oops ,Winter Concert and there is not one wreath, tree, ribbon. decoration of any kind nor traditional Xmas songs sung. Two flags on stage, state and stars n stripes, that is it. Memories were made : b . But it’s correct because it hurt no ones feelings and that’s what life and free will are all about. Tip-Toeing through and saying “skeeeewzme” hope I didn’t offend.
    Funny part is that an evergreen tree is a pagan symbol.
    Keep speaking your mind people.

  25. 75
    manipulatedbyreligionrealitytv Says:

    I feel sorry for any grandchild or great-grandchild of Phil’s that may be gay, afraid in that family to be themselves. I feel sorry for Willie’s adopted child who cannot help but think about his Grandfather’s words and he will one day. Phil treats females differently, talks about sex a little too crudely and while it is great to hunt for their food, obsessed with “killing” it. Yeah, he may not have tolerance for “yuppies’ or people that don’t believe exactly as he believes…..but, if Phil keeps talking and doing his reality “shock ‘em” show, he’ll go the way of the rest of ‘em, down the reality narcissistic drain. Some family of his already started sinking. I think it is funny that world “forgives” Phil for being a woman beater/possible child abuser but Chris Brown…never.

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