A&E Reinstates 'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson

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December 27th, 2013

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A&E has lifted Phil Robertson's suspension. The network suspended the Duck Dynasty patriarch after he gave a controversial interview to GQ magazine in which he expressed his beliefs about homosexuality and race relations.  After a threatened network boycott from fans, a strong performance for the show's Christmas marathon, and a surge in sales for the cast's Christmas album, the network has reconsidered.

Here is a portion of A&E's official press statement, from Variety:

“After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family. We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family... a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.”

 

 
  • JSunkist

    *thumbs up*

  • René

    what a crappy show

  • Happy Happy Happy

    Happy Happy Happy

  • Ultima

    Shocking! 8O

    Jusk kidding. If you didn’t see this coming, then your New Year’s resolution should be to join the rest of us in reality! ;)

  • dust

    Tolerating bigotry for money. The American Way.

  • Charmed

    Even an idiot can tell this was all a marketing strategy

  • Maximillian

    A&E probably hated having to reinstate Phil, but they don’t want to get rid of the massive amounts of cash they rake in from the show. Understandably, its made them over $500M as a network. Cash > Business Morals.

  • merrranga

    biz-nass moor-alls? i know not of which you speak.

  • Matt

    New definition of “bigotry”: “Anybody who has an opinion that differs from my own”.

    Or at least, that’s what it sounds like these days…

  • HalCapone

    There goes the massive black and gay audiences for Duck Dynasty:)

  • Ellen S

    I’d like to see MSNBC reinstate Martin Bashir.

  • Jagger Dagger

    A corporation in the end took money over morals.

    Shocking.

  • Matt

    Actually a corporation made a stupid decision and then went into damage control mode. He should’ve never been suspended in the first place.

  • iSayso

    Duck ‘em all!

  • SP

    Conservatives and the Taliban are very much alike:
    -Both are very conservative
    -Both cling to their guns and their religion
    -Both use religion to manipulate people and to preach against others
    -Both try and suppress women’s rights
    -Both preach against homosexuality
    -Both have killed others in the name of religion
    -Both fear education
    -Both hate the American government

  • Jagger Dagger

    Just like the old Randy Newman song…
    “It’s money that matters…”

  • Matt

    Liberals and Socialists are a lot alike too…

    Neither has jack squat to do with what Robertson said.

  • SP

    They actually consulted with their current advertisers to see if they would leave or not. Once they got the ok from them, that’s when they decided to reinstate Phil…it’s all about the money

  • Matt

    Their advertisers probably laughed and informed them that DD was the only show they had worth watching anyways.

  • SP

    -As a Conservative I believe in Freedom of Speech…so long as I agree with what’s being said.
    -As a Conservative I believe in Freedom of Religion…so long as it’s Christianity.
    -As a Conservative I believe in Freedom of Press…so long as it’s coming from Fox News.

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