'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.

 
  • theCroup

    >>“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.”

    His viewpoint showed that he’s an ignoramus. He pretty much said, “I didn’t see anything bad; so it was all good times.” That being said, nobody cares. Phil’s views are not a surprise to anybody, especially not A&E. It’s just they had happily been operating on a policy of mutually not talking about it and looking the other way. No reason they won’t come back to that agreement with so much money on the table.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Mary and j

    What makes you think A&E will cancel the show outright and release the family from their contract? Or that their contract won’t have a non-compete clause such that they can’t go shopping to another network?

    As for the relative size of the respective parties, some have reported here that the family is worth $80 million and their revenues for A&E $400 million. Well, A&E is worth over $2 billion and got revenues of over $3 billion last year. While Duck Dynasty is very lucrative for the network, losing the show (especially since they have another season already in the can) won’t destroy the network.

  • mary 1

    Hey Snoot, where were you when Bashir was being fired for saying things about Sarah Palin. TAlk about HYPOCRITE. And this show is now poison for A&E considering there’s that video of Phil Robertson spewing out his gay hate. And it’s hate when you say things like : “Women with women. Men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another, and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversions. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil. That’s what you have 235 years, roughly, after your forefathers founded the country. So what are you gonna do, Pennsylvania? Just run with them? You’re going to die. Don’t forget that.”

    That’s him displaying his ‘Christianity’ there on full display. Nobody wants to curb anyone’s freedom. But you replace what he said about gay people and put in any other minority in there and you’d be fired so fast your head would spin.

    A&E needs to cut their losses on this one. They’ve made tons of money off these yahoos already. Accept that and move on because there’s no way Papa Duck is going to keep quiet now that he’s been blessed by the Palins of the world. He’s going to want to go on the show and spew even more hateful garbage. The show is no longer about a cute and funny family of duck hunters. I see no way for A&E to spin their way out of this one.

  • freddie

    @owen…. automatic assult rifles are all ready banned you douchbag…

  • SHERI

    @mary1

    Speak the truth – Bashir WAS NOT FIRED, he re-signed and what he said was vile and disgusting.

    Robertson spoke his opinion and he is entitled to it —– A&E always knew of his religious beliefs and now they act surprised at his comments? Yeah right!

    Ultra liberals are the biggest hypocrites and phonies around – they claim everyone needs to be tolerant – that is unless you disagree with them !

  • moraliste

    I’ve been proud to think of myself as a liberal since Nixon resigned when I was 14 years old … but it’s getting harder and harder. Let’s face it – neither the left or right can claim the moral high ground anymore, and the more true that is, the more both sides have to invent issues and manufacture fake moral dilemnas to SEEM like they are different from their opponents. As for Cimmer’s comment a long time ago … I separated myself from the ‘collective IQ’ of the American public years ago, at least to the best of my ability. My IQ is in no danger from Duck Dynasty or GQ magazine, for that matter – I don’t watch or read crap like that.

  • truth,Honest

    Basically its almost like you better not tell anyone you’re not gay because if you do the left could come after you for “anti-gay’ remarks?
    The guy said he personally doesn’t agree with something so now he’s a bad person?
    The guy never said: be mean to gay people, he never said he hates gay people. All he did is say he personally doesn’t like something, what you guys who are hating on him dislike nothing? I don’t think so…

    Another words you either have to be gay or you have to be willing to be gay or else the left will go after you. It’s almost like that’s exactly what you’re saying.

  • thesnowleopard

    Wow. It’s almost as if some of you are looking for an excuse to play the victim and be as open as you want to be about being bigots.

    The most bizarre part is that Phil Robertson is already insanely rich, so it’s hardly as though being fired by A&E for shooting his mouth off about something nobody really wanted to hear him talk about will leave him destitute. Yet, to hear some of the show’s viewers tell it, he’s being martyred for his Christian faith. Because we all know that Jesus was all about being intolerant and sticking your nose into other people’s business–oh, wait. He wasn’t.

  • cimmer

    @thesnowleopard, the really funny part is that the man hasn’t even been fired, he’s just on suspension but he’ll be in the new season that starts in January because that’s already been filmed. Betcha though, that a bunch of the viewers will cry victory when they see him in the new season, thinking they ‘made’ A&E bring him back; I’m just waiting for those comments. lol

  • iSayso

    Shoot this crapfest dead!

  • HalCapone

    Paula Deen, part 2. No one has to pay to speak freely in this country but words carry consequences and sometimes, in the end, there is a very big price to pay. A born again redneck celebrity from the deep south saying inflammatory things about homosexuality and offering a controversial assessment on the black experience in the pre-civil rights era of the deep south, should not really surprise anyone. Personally, I couldn’t care any less about what Mr. Robertson says or does and whether Duck Dynasty is canceled or renewed for many more seasons. What I do find offensive are the conservative Christian groups and conservative politicians playing the Christian victim card in this controversy just because minority groups were deeply offended by Mr. Robertson’s published comments in GQ. If one looks at all organized religions objectively, there is an awful lot of darkness in their doctrine, especially if read in the context of the present and not when the world was considered flat. Blacks and now gays, who have been and continue to be victims of discrimination and hate, finally have their own respective collective voices in the country and are exercising their right to freely speak their mind. Pouring gasoline on this controversy, one Congressional Republican even referred to Mr. Robertson as the Rosa Parks of free speech.

  • Spartacus 6666

    Hopefully I won’t be hearing about these ugly, freakish, religiously retarded inbreds anymore.

  • thesnowleopard

    @cimmer

    I know! And right before Christmas, too. You’d think it was all one big publicity stunt.

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