‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson suspended by A&E after comments on homosexuality

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(FoxNews)  “Duck Dynasty” dad Phil Robertson has been placed on indefinite suspension by the A&E Network following his recent comments on homosexuality, the network announced Wednesday night.

“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.

“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.”

Earlier Wednesday, Roberston had responded to critics who had slammed him for very graphic statements he made about his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex.

“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior,” he said in a statement sent to FOX411.

“My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.

“However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”

In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, Robertson didn’t hold back when sharing his thoughts about homosexuality and sinning.

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine,” he said. “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.”

Click here to read his entire interview in GQ.

Paraphrasing Corinthians he added: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD was quick to criticize Robertson for his comments and called on A&E to take action.

“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” said GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans – who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”

Robertson also told GQ his family has lost its privacy since they were thrust into the limelight as the stars of the hit show, but it was well worth it because the series has given him a platform to spread his religious beliefs.

“For the sake of the Gospel, it was worth it… All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s 80 years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.”

Still, he doesn’t expect his fame to last forever.

“Let’s face it, three, four, five years, we’re out of here. You know what I’m saying? It’s a TV show. This thing ain’t gonna last forever. No way.”

And he may be right. Back in 2007, A&E halted production “Dog the Bounty Hunter” when it was revealed that Duane Chapman had used racial slurs. The series returned after several months but was later canceled.

15 comments

  • IstandwithPhil

    Are you f*cking insane? 3% of the population is LGBT, the other 97% watches DD! Everyone has a RIGHT to their opinion. You all have just opened a can of worms and you are really going to regret it.

    • MyTakeOnIt

      Where did you get those percentages? The numbers are probably closer together than 3 and 97, not considering the people who hide their LGBTness from everyone out of fear.

  • ziggy

    I totally agree – everyone has a right to their opinion . Does A&E have these things spelled out in their contract that off camera these people can’t be 100 % themselves .

  • Expression

    It is sad that people are now being persecuted for their beliefs. Phil Robertson is entitled to his own beliefs, as is everyone else. Homosexuals do not want to get persecuted or have their rights taken away from them because of how they choose to believe and live their lives, yet when someone expresses their feelings on the subject, or their religious beliefs, of homosexuality it is an outrage. It is not an outrage for homosexuals to have protests or express their views on the subject or even shove their lifestyle and religious beliefs in your face without you asking but it is when a heterosexual person does the same thing. Phil Robertson was only expressing his views in an INTERVIEW, which he is entitled to do. It is a shame that he is now basically getting persecuted for his religious beliefs and views. I am sorry to say that I won't be watching the A&E network for as long as they are treating Mr. Robertson in this way. It is a shame that everyone but Christians can have an expressed opinion or view.

  • me626

    Expression everything you just said is true.Phil Robertson should stand his ground if he comes out saying he's sorry for expressing his views that will suck.I will no longer be watching A&E because it is my right.

  • Sheree

    The main appeal of Duck Dynasty is its simple down to earth & humble beliefs. I personally am getting very fed up with companies deciding for me what is offensive. If people are offended by his beliefs CHANGE THE CHANNEL ~ the rest of us know what the show stands for which is why WE WATCH IT

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Well folks, since Phil is free to express his beliefs, isn't it A&E's freedom to dissociate from him. They are a private network after all. Phil is also free to abandon A&E for their support of the LGBT community. It has to go all ways.
    There would be no hoopla if A&E simply just told him that they no longer wanted him on the show and gave no reason (contract clauses aside).

  • GimmeABreak

    Not about free speech. I would expect that a lot of people supporting him are conservatives and as such believe in the free market. This is about the right of a business to terminate an employee. You are NOT entitled to a job or so I hear from the right. And for conservatives, I figured you would be all for that. If you want to be angry, be angry at the ease and power an employer has over an employee to terminate him/her especially in an "at will" employment state. But that is a can of worms you may not want to open. I rarely meet a conservative advocating from taking any power away from free market enterprise.

  • WeAreBecomingRobots

    Freedom of speech is gone. Gone.

    Now it's freedom OR speech.
    …(You have freedom to say something, but say it to yourself) OR (speak it and be pummeled)

    Shame on you A&E, shame on you.

  • The Opinionated One

    The haters are taking over this country. Just listen and read the news on a daily basis, and you will see what I mean. I think there are good, Christian people in this country who simply do not realize what is happening. They need to wake up before it is too late, and ALL our freedoms are gone, gone, gone. I do not support the gay and lesbian lifestyle. It is wrong, wrong, wrong. God created man and woman to procreate and populate the planet. How do gays and lesbians do that? DUH!

  • LooeyNoorey

    "Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality"

    When gays have birthdays, they don't mention everything they don't want but say positively what they do want.
    Likewise, Jesus didn't negatively list every sexual variation He knew mankind would invent, but positively stated that marriage involves only a man and a woman!
    Google or Yahoo "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up," and "USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans."

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