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‘Duck Dynasty’ star suspended for anti-gay remarks

(CNN) — Phil Robertson, a star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” has been suspended indefinitely after slamming gays in a magazine interview.

“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 network said in a statement Wednesday.

“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.”

In an interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson equates gays and sinners, and appears to compare homosexuality to bestiality.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” he’s quoted as saying.

Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: “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 also made comments regarding race and growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights era.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. … They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!

“Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues,” GQ quotes Robertson as saying.

“Duck Dynasty” follows a Louisiana bayou family that has “made a fortune on duck calls,” as A&E describes it.

Season 5 of is set to premiere January 15. According to A&E, its fourth season premiere in August drew nearly 12 million viewers to become the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history.

14 comments

  • athynz

    A&E – in fact anyone who is offended by this man’s opinion needs to grow up, get a spine, and just let it go. Seriously, enough is enough. So what if he does not like homosexuality – that is his right. Nor did it happen on the show but in a magazine interview where he – as an American citizen – has the right to his opinion.

    Then again not that it matters as he already is a millionaire… orally extract it A&E!

  • Pam McCall

    There is a such thing as freedom of speech! And religious views! Everyone has a right to believe in whatever faith they want! No one can control that. And seriously A&E just trampled all over Phil Robertsons constitutional rights! His views may not be everyones view but he certainly has a right to his own! I see a lawsuit in the making here!!

  • lilytigerheart

    I agree with athynz! The man has a right to HIS opinion. He was quoting his opinion as he sees it according to his religion. Get over it, people. Just because I may not agree with his opinion or you may not, it doesn’t make him wrong. We’re not wrong for having our opinions either. Grow up!! He shouldn’t be punished for having an opinion, especially one that wasn’t even stated on the show!! A&E needs to get the heck over it too and grow up! Why punish the man for something he didn’t state on your show? Just to appease a certain group? Stop it! Quit trying to be so politically correct and let the man be who he is! It’s refreshing to see someone be a real person for a change!!

  • D in VA

    Whether you agree with him or not, this is a free speech issue. Don’t think this won’t affect you some day. Hoping A&E does the right thing. Does anyone else find it ironic that A&Es motto is “Be Original”? How original — giving in to political correctness.

  • RENEE TINNELL

    DON’T DO THIS TO PHIL.HE HAS HIS BELIEFS AND HE IS A CHRISTIAN,AND A & E YOU KNEW THIS .LEAVE PHIL ALONE .IF HE IS’NT ON THE SHOW THEN A&E LOSES ALOT INCLUDING ME ..I WILL NOT WATCH A&E ANYMORE

  • Gregor

    Hey, dummies. This isn’t a free speech issue. The COMPANY he works for can discipline him in whatever way they wish…because they PAY him. If you sell Nike shoes for Nike and go around telling everyone that New Balance shoes are way better, then you’re not upholding the values of the company you work for and they will do something about that. Free speech is about persecution from the government. Just because you agree with his bigoted point of view doesn’t suddenly make him the “poster child” for how downtrodden all white/Christian/conservatives are under Obama..or whatever. It just makes him a bigot. And it makes you sound stupid and closed-minded.

    • Norma Earls

      Speaking of “dummies”, the Robinsons are college educated marketing geniuses who’ve produced a product of mass appeal that have turned them into multi-millionaires many times over. Their reality series on A&E is the highest rated show in cable history. Do you honest-to-God consider them “employees”, like a Donald Trump Apprentice winner? Speaking of “stupid and close minded”, those screeching intolerant few obviously learned nothing from the experience of attacking Chik Fil-A’s owners.

      • Rotor

        As a native western NC person I take offense to that comment. Just because a person may sound different does not mean that they are ignorant.

        Thank about this, he is the one with a booming family business and a TV show. Would he have those things if he were ignorant? He has a right to his opinion as you do yours.

  • Joe

    On the surface, this is partially about the constitutional rights of free speech and religious freedom. Also on the surface it is about the right of a private company to make choices about who represents them. But at it’s core it is about a current movement (accepting homosexuality) that has been successful in promoting their agenda to the extent that all who do not agree with it are openly attacked. A popular movement and laws enacted by politicians to appease that special interest group and keep themselves in power does not now, nor never has it ever, trumped the eternal laws of God. You may not believe in God nor accept his offer of eternal life after this one, and that is your choice and one for which you individually will encounter the consequences. It still relates to disobedience of God, who will have the final word on these matters, exceeding my exhortations, your opinion, agendas of special interest groups, or laws enacted by current politicians. Choose and believe as you may, but I have committed to Joshua 24:15. .

  • Mrs. May

    big·ot/ˈbɪgət/ Show Spelled [big-uht] Show IPA
    noun
    a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

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    I don’t think he sounds “utterly intolerant” at all. He simply said homosexuality was a sin and he didn’t get it. He also said sleeping around w/ multiple partners is a sin as well. Doesn’t sound to me as if he was singling any particular group out. Much ado about nothing.

  • Marcus

    I’m not surprised at the thoughts he expressed. Does anyone really expect an intelligent comment to come out of an ignorant hillbillies mouth?

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