A&E first suspended the Robertson patriarch after his controversial GQ interview had people's jaws on the floor. It seems after the fans petitioned, the sponsors stood by the show and the family spoke out in support of Phil, A&E had a change of heart.
A&E shared their decision this afternoon, "As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. 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 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."
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson isn't doing any back-pedaling when it comes to his controversial interview published in GQ magazine. This weekend Phil invited the Daily Mail to listen in as he addressed his church's Bible group in Monroe.
Phil didn't mince words and stood firmly behind what he said in his GQ interview. He also reiterated that his beliefs haven't been a secret, he's been preaching these same thoughts for years now and feels he's just sharing the word of the Bible. Phil chatted with the group for almost an hour and did defend himself, claiming he is a lover of humanity. "‘I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.'
About his interview statements, Phil told them: ‘I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did. I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding. I tell people, "You are a sinner, we all are. Do you want to hear my story before I give you the bottom line on your story?" We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief… boy there are some microbes running around now. Sexual sins are numerous and many, I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you’re a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there. You can have fun, but one thing is for sure, as long as you are both healthy in the first place, you are not going to catch some debilitating illness, there is safety there. Commonsense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman. From the beginning Jesus said, "It is a man and a woman." Adam was made and Eve was made for this reason. They left their fathers and mothers and be united to become one flesh, that’s what marriage is all about."
The family says they are standing by Phil and aren't sure where the show will go from here. "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."
With the pressure on from GLAAD (and probably quite a few show sponsors), the network suspended Phil from filming the show. They shared in a statement: “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. 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.”
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson gave a new interview to GQ magazine this month and it has the internet going crazy. The interview went out to the media today and has sparked some major controversy over his negative gay lifestyle comments.
Phil told the magazine, “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.”
Phil continued later in the piece, "Everything is blurred n what's right and wrong. Sin becomes fine. 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."
The Robertson family of Duck Dynasty never ceases to amaze me. Not only do they have a reality show that is good, clean fun and no drama (you can actually watch with your kids!), they are constantly giving back to their community while living up to their motto of faith, family, and ducks.
Of course, the best part about this crew is that they don't pretend to be perfect. What an odd concept in the land of reality stars! Patriarch Phil Robertson never hides the fact that he was a less than stellar husband and father in his younger years, and now a new documentary explores the Robertson's past.