Phil Robertson ruffled a few too many feathers with some of his comments this week, and now, the network behind “Duck Dynasty” is making a big move as a result.
In a statement today released not long after the comments made by the Robertson family patriarch to GQ were made public, A&E decided that even though this show may be extremely popular, Phil made need to sit this one out for a good while to avoid them getting any more negative PR thrown in their direction:
“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.”
Robertson has already been blasted by GLAAD and many other organizations for putting homosexuality and bestiality in the same sentence while also referring to it as a sin. Since this controversy started the rest of his family members have remained silent … and we wonder how long that will last. This is going to be an interesting story to follow for so many reasons, as the Robertsons have always been incredibly close-knit. The only reason that some of Phil’s strong religious beliefs have not made it onto the show before is because of the way A&E edits them, something that Phil has long tried to fight against.
Personally, we understand that Phil has the right to believe or say anything that he wants, and the Constitution allows that. However, a corporation also has the right to respond in whatever way they need to help the best interests of the company. A&E may make a move a few months down the road to bring Phil back when some of this has blown over, but it’s going to be tough for everyone involved. Can the “Duck Dynasty” crew bounce back from this?
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