'Duck Dynasty' Family Releases Statement Putting Show's Future in Doubt

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December 20th, 2013

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Duck Dynasty's Robertson family has released a statement saying that they cannot do the show without exiled cast member Phil Robertson, and revealing that they are currently negotiating with A&E about the future of the show. Here's the 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.

 
  • diegobitch

    The show dropped this season in ratings heading to the season finale, so a little scandal can make the ratings go up. I think this is a marketing strategy.

  • Cimmer

    @diegobitch I wouldn’t be a but surprised. I wonder how everyone would feel if we found that to be true? Rich folk fighting and the rest of us ‘little folk’ takin sides, we are indeed a strange country. lol

  • Carl

    “While his opinions would definitely offend a lot of people, they are his opinions and he has a right to them. If A&E is really willing to let this cash cow walk away from the table, then somebody will pick it up.”

    The longer he goes on making racist, bigoted statements, the more toxic he and his family will become to the industry. Ultimately he will end up with Joe the Plumber.

  • Michael

    I don’t watch this show, but there’s footage of Phil spewing hatred and bigotry in his sermons. A&E knew exactly his beliefs when they hired him, he was ON VIDEO.

  • thesnowleopard

    Admittedly, this is a show I avoid like the plague, anyway, but I can’t say I’ll miss it if/once it goes. So, this whole thing gets a big shrug from me. The social media firestorm is interesting to watch with popcorn, though.

    Phil Robertson is well-educated and ridiculously rich, with plenty of access to good lawyers. I find it very, very difficult to believe that he was just speaking off the cuff and naïve to how he was coming across in that interview. So, I can only conclude that it was deliberate.

    As to his right to free speech, he is absolutely entitled to it. But using it on someone else’s dime and someone else’s time (as he did when he made these statements while in the employ of A&E, in an interview arranged by them to benefit his show) to amplify the audience for said message is not covered by the First Amendment and the person or corporation being used in that way has every right to object. He put A&E in a bind pushing a particular agenda, so their reaction is no surprise (even if I’m not very sympathetic to their doing this kind of programming in the first place).

    It mystifies me why some of these public figures insist on airing their opinions on hot button topics when nobody wants to know about them, in the first place. Yes, I know that they get asked these questions, but they can always dance diplomatically around them. It’s like the guy from Barilla going on about gay people being disgusting. What did *that* have to do with pasta?

    Dog the Bounty Hunter’s gaffe was actually a different case. He was recorded, apparently without his knowledge, on a private conversation in which he was (also apparently) being goaded into making nasty statements. Did that make what he said okay? No. But it was protected speech under the First Amendment. Also, Dog Chapman was very smart in that he didn’t waste any time being outraged at people’s outrage the way Phil Robertson and Paula Dean did. He immediately admitted that he shouldn’t have said it, in any context, and went through a process of rehabilitation before the show was allowed back on the air.

    Now, some have said that Chapman was just saying what he thought would get him back on the air, and that he and his family still have bigoted views. And they could be right. But they are entitled to believe what they want and at least Chapman had enough of an understanding that his statement was hurtful to apologize and not demand his right to be as insulting as he wanted to be. He recognized the boundaries of polite discourse.

    I’m quite sure A&E will survive this. In fact, I think Cimmer’s theory that this could be a stunt-gone-viral has merit.

  • JJF

    Looks like A&E killed this golden duck. But somebody else will profit from this family. A&E’s desire to cater to the politically correct babies will backfire no matter what they do next. They’ll be kicking themselves for this down the road.

  • marm

    are you all aware that A&E made $400,000,000.00 from Duck Dynasty . . . ya four hundred million!

  • JOE

    So much talk from “everyone” it seems just because a man recounted his past…its funny, he identified with the blacks, he “hoed” with them…to me it appears as if he saw no difference between them and him other than their skin was darker…and that’s it.

    The real story is not about him and blacks, its about him not accepting homosexuality and calling it a sin (or not right). That is his opinion and I’m sorry to say shared by millions. Heck, most straight men would call it disgusting…does that offend some of you? Well get over it, sorry but people will find it disgusting when one man goes up inside another…further, we are men, we aren’t the cleanest people, we get dirty and we don’t mind it, we’ll just clean up later. This is MY opinion

    BTW, A&E will lose this battle…DD is to powerful of a show and makes them tons of money

  • nathan

    The duck dynasty brand is huge. Its the biggest cash cow A&E has. I really dont see how they have much of a leg to stand on here. They need duck dynasty more than Even if it would require a buyout, I suspect there are many channels that would fork over the cash to get the #1 rated non-scripted cable show.

  • nathan

    *They need duck dynasty more than duck dynasty needs A&E.

  • David Francis

    If it were Muslims stating what Phil said A&E would not utter a peep.

  • Mike

    What I find really funny is that he said what many of the contestants on Big Brother have said over and over through the years and fans just keep flocking to that show.

    CBS has been inundated with complaints esp. this last season and they kept it on because of the money they make over it.

    And many of the fans that complained about the remarks kept going back and watching over and over.

    And what he said that was brought up above about the “v” and the “a” I have heard that numerous times by so many men through the years. Heck I am a member of a board on the Internet where at least one guy says something similar to that everyday.

    Why are people so surprised that a straight man would feel that way?

    And what he said there is no worse than stuff I have heard or read in interviews with celebrities. It’s just different because it was him.

  • cimmer

    Thanks @thesnowleopard, it’s like both sides get their ‘troops’ lined up and everyone checks out the first ep of the new season for their own reasons and A&E (and the DD family) make a mint. Meanwhile the public picks their side and cheers them on like it’s the SuperBowl, the PR becomes it’s own reality show in a way, like some sort of mutant strain out in the ‘wild’. Don Draper would be so proud. lol

  • JJ

    Someone should ask this man about his views on sex outside of the family. My guess is he’s against that too.

  • MARTY

    glaad say they have received great backlash, more than they ever have, Hannity gives out a&e executives home phone numbers and twitter accounts. says if show is canceled, he will insist one of fox’s networks pick it up.

    7

  • cimmer

    @Marty, DD on the Fox Network? What, like after SoA on FX? No, A&E is a good fit for DD (if a bit uncomfortable now) and a good paying channel. A&E isn’t going anywhere, for one thing it’s half owned by Disney and half by Hearst and if anyone knows how to write a contract, it’s those two entities.
    My money is on A&E.

  • Carl

    “So much talk from “everyone” it seems just because a man recounted his past…its funny, he identified with the blacks, he “hoed” with them…to me it appears as if he saw no difference between them and him other than their skin was darker…and that’s it.”

    He said more than that. He said black people were happier in those days than they are now. He specifically mentioned welfare as a reason why they are no longer happy. He pushed an idea that the only happiness is the days of Jim Crow.

    ” That is his opinion and I’m sorry to say shared by millions.”

    Millions of people in the US would not say gays are terrorists.

  • Carl

    “says if show is canceled, he will insist one of fox’s networks pick it up.”

    Insist? Really? He has less power than ever at Fox News – wasn’t his show replaced by Megyn Kelly?

  • j

    It’s one of the T10 shows on TV. The net will cave, or someone else will snatch it up.

  • snoot

    It’s a shame the pos liberals in this country believe in curbing freedom of speech in the name of political correctness. Why do people give a damn so much that someone disagrees with their pro gay philosophy? Freedom of speech people, read a book! Practice that tolerance you preach so much. Hypocrites.

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