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Phil Robertson's Suspension from A&E's 'Duck Dynasty' is Over

Phil Robertson's Suspension from A&E's 'Duck Dynasty' is Over

Phil Robertson‘s suspension from his hit series Duck Dynasty has been lifted and A&E has announced that the temporary ban from the show will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season.

“As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect,” the network said in a statement (via THR). “We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.”

“That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. 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 mis-interpretation 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 continued.

Click inside to read the rest of the network’s statement…

“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.

So 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.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”

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  • Tiana

    I’m so glad that this shit is over with, the gay community needs to understand that not everybody isn’t going to agree w/ there lifestyle it’s just how it is. What he said was somewhat ignorant but at least he spoke the truth. I don’t watch the show and I honestly don’t give a damn about two women and two men screwing each other either just let people live and have there opinions.

  • Sheyenne

    Thank You!!!

  • mike

    all about money. the show is a hit and a+e doesnt want to lose money to another network.

  • Evelyn

    Tiana, just like Phil has his opinions about Gay people and Black people, others can have opinons about Phil as well. It goes both ways. If he can dish it out, better be ready to take it.

  • Amelia

    And….?

  • Chris

    @Tiana: I stopped reading your comment as soon as you referred to it as a “lifestyle.” People’s hatred actually bothers me less than their ignorance.

  • Sam

    Ahhh, A&E admit they made a mistake acting so quickly. Guess they have more important things to think about, then keeping their integrity in tact! Money. Nice move A&E. You have lost this viewer and many many others. Shame.

  • Sam
  • harson

    the fact that this show is even famous just shows how r..e..t..a..r..d..e..d americans are

  • Lauren

    Can we go back to not hearing about this now?

  • Andrew

    This is what happens when you put a bunch of redneck conservatives on TV

  • gradyB

    Why doesn’t A&E show this man and his family for who they really are? Show his bigotry. It is a REALITY show. Then maybe people will turn off.

  • zelda

    As a black person I wanst offended by what he said about black people. But do I think his views were incorrect? Hell yes…but I wont get bent into a pretzel over it.. I don’t know why everyone is calling him a racist…

  • Ducky

    @harson: You couldn’t be more right.

  • Bored

    Money talks, and dumb, ignorant, redneck americans win out again. I’ve never watched the show, and never will.

  • Ha

    @Tiana: “There” lifestyle???

  • chevalier d’herblay

    Wise decision, to correct a stupid one.

  • Reality check

    @Tiana: That goes both ways….people (like myself) who think he’s an ignorant moron have the right to our opinions, too. BTW….learn how to spell.

  • No
  • Sam

    @Ha:

    lololololol Perfect!! :)

  • md

    Was going to put my two cents but just realized that it is not worth it.

  • Dooley

    No One!!Would want to be Held Accountable for every Stupid word that came out of there mouth.

  • jena

    money wins

    this is why america is an evil immoral nation that worships the almighty dollar

    and the sad part is that many here calls themselves “christians”? they are very far from being christian

  • Wen Girl

    I watch this show sometimes. It’s a crack-up. This man is who he is. The way he says things straight into the camera without blinking is hilarious. I don’t agree with everything he says (he’s definitely chauvinistic also), but until he really “rubs me the wrong way” and makes me furious, I can tolerate him and enjoy the rest of the family. They seemed like totally trashy people from afar, but really they are not. They have pretty good values and it shows in how they are with each other.

  • Tiana

    I was going to comment on this forum but I guess somebody else with the name Tiana decided to beat me to the punch LOL!

  • frank

    fortunately his generation of dumb old racist homophobic rednecks are all dying off. I only hope the younger generations aren’t the same way. besides even if they are the world is changing and they will be left behind and will also look as ridiculous as the older generations

  • actually

    @Chris: Everybody on this planet has a lifestyle, especially when it comes to their intimate life. You can be someone looking for love, marriage and commitment and pursuing that. You can also be a promiscuous single and sleep with every person you can. You can be a liar in a marriage who sneaks and cheats on your spouse whenever you want and as a way of life. You can have an open relationship or marriage with your spouse. You can choose to be celibate and be a complete loner. You can choose to be celibate and fill your life with wonderful friendships instead. Decisions. Decisions. Life is all about choices.

  • Tiana789

    @actually:
    Thank you so much for explaining that I didn’t think lifestyle would be so offensive to people.

  • freya

    @Tiana:

    If he does not agree then he should have shut the hell up. WHO IS HE TO JUDGE THEM. ? AND BESIDE THE WAY HE VOICE HIS OPINION IS THE WAY HITLER DID HIS ABOUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN EUROPE..

    Nobody said that you can’t have an opinion but if you are famous and has a lot of influence on people around you and watch your show you should be careful about what you say.

  • freya

    And one thing more THERE IS NOTHING SACRED NOR HOLY ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE BIGOTS AND HOMOPHOBE.

  • http://tommy tounce

    suspension, it was a paid vacation
    bigots rejoice

  • Gross

    Ewwww this show is only for people who live in trailer parks. I’m far too above watching such trash.

  • anna

    Good to see the ignorant rednecks go their way.

  • Diedre

    Translation of the A&E rep’s statement: “A&E realized it would lose more money by keeping this ignorant hillbilly off the show than it would to stand by their own contractual clause.”
    It’s all about the money.
    Thankfully, our country is evolving and hate filled bigots such as Phil Robertson are quickly becoming the minority.
    Deal with it, like minded morons.

  • pol

    no wonder why USA is sh!t these days. bunch of warfreaks who love guns, bunch of ignorant idiots who are still thinking that they are superior. hey, America this is what you call entertainment? and by the way what did FOX NEWS say about this controversy? they were so cocky about how this sh!tty show is high in the ratings and that America should watch this because of the so called “core values”.

  • Vivian

    It’s a about time! He go suspended for nothing. This wouldn’t be America if he had remain suspended.

  • Speak Your Mind

    wrong,,,right ?
    who’s to say?
    as long as it does not specifically threaten
    it IS
    your right.
    can yo be fired? yes
    It’s the employers right? yes
    ————
    Freedom

  • Records Keeper

    Why this caucasian pretender is in America is anyones guess. It seems to be mainly a ploy to try to position America as a caucasian-slash-homosexual place. The Americans don’t have homosexuality and they’re cleaning out the past couple of centuries of transoceanic aliens so that is all wishful thinking. A sort of a last minute attempt on the part of the aliens.

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