Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments

Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely.
Associated Press
Dec 19, 2013


"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson — suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays — is getting some support from key followers.

Sarah Palin posted a picture on her Facebook page of her with the reality show clan with the message, "Free Speech is an endangered species." And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also lamented the suspension on free speech terms.

"It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," said the governor in a statement Thursday (the show is filmed in his state.

A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E Networks, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel's move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.

"What's clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike," said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson's removal "has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "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."

Robertson and his family had no comment on his hiatus, A&E said on their behalf. He may be in some previously taped scenes when the show returns Jan. 15 for its fifth season, a network spokesman said.

Robertson did respond to initial criticism of his GQ remarks.

"I myself am a product of the '60s" who indulged in sex and drugs until hitting bottom and accepting Jesus as his savior, he said in a statement. Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw "the mistreatment of any black person. Not once."

"We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' — not a word!" Robertson told the magazine.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.



Texx Reloader

Lets try this. The man uses some incorrect stereotypes, and pathetic understanding of scripture to make a statement offensive to many gay and non-gay people. It was ill spoken, and ill advised in the audience in which he voiced his opinion. It was ignorant. How's that?


Re: "How's that?"

It's an opinion on what was said.
Is that what you were asking? Or do you have a point to stating, in your own way, what you think, or hope, for the reason he spoke the way he did? He said he doesn't judge, just follows what he thinks the bible says. That is HIS opinion. I have no way to know if it is true or not, anymore than anyone else who doesn't know him well. He can be as wrong in his opinion as anyone else can who states their opinion, myself included. It is why I like to link to facts that prove what I say. Not just give my opinion as fact. It has nothing to prove the statement.


Not a fan of the show, but all he said was that homosexuality is a sin. He could have said that sex outside marriage is a sin, or blogging anonymously is a sin, or any sex at all is a sin...what's the big deal??????? If you disagree with him (which I do), what the heck is the big deal?

John Harville

Note: he did say sex outside marriage (adultery) is a sin. He also said someone else is "not going to inherite the Kingcom of God", someone that obviously should worry many of you... drunkards. Oh... and slanderers (I guess that isn't included in Freedom of Speech).

Dr. Information

What it boils down to and what Phil was saying is "love the sinner, hate the sin". Go blow the liberal agenda somewhere else.

John Harville

So, the bottom line here is that anyone can say anything about anyone or any action; anyone on here can (mis)quote the Constitution or the Bible in order to use it as a weapon; anyone on here can even hate in the name of Jesus and it's all protected by Freedom of Speech.
I just proved that by "interpreting" certain other amendments and getting a royal smackdown by "nemesis" who knows all - probably even more than Phil - about what is right and wrong and correct and incorrect.
About the only 'nemesis' to FREEDOM OF SPEECH here is the moderator who wields the ultimate 'hand'.
And after all, it's about money and publicity - good or bad. A&E is showing three years of DD and 'the family' (ominous, huh?) is seeing even bigger sales of its products while people will sit in front of the boob tube and watch the four beards talk about the embarrassing merits of a coiffed poodle who out-hunts the studly hunting dogs.
And Uncle Phil - like so many of his genre and our generation - got to be wild an nasty in his youth and now gets to spout on the evils of being wild and nasty cuz he 'found Jesus' (who was never lost) and has St. Paul's keys to the kingdom.


RE: " (mis)quote the Constitution or the Bible in order to use it as a weapon;

I have yet to see proof of Phil using his opinion as a "weapon", anymore than you have used words or your opinion as a "weapon", if that is what you are doing. I have no way of knowing if you are, or Phil is. But you seem to think you do. Care to share this proof? Or is it just another opinion stated as fact, much like Phil did.

RE: " And Uncle Phil - like so many of his genre and our generation - got to be wild an nasty in his youth and now gets to spout on the evils of being wild and nasty cuz he 'found Jesus' (who was never lost) and has St. Paul's keys to the kingdom." I

I didn't want to quote you out of context so I copied the whole paragraph. Can you please show us where Phil said he has St Paul's keys to the kingdom? I must have missed that. You are extrapolating what you THINK he means, in other words you are guessing what someone you don't know, never met, never spoke to, means. He is on a reality TV show, you think that is how he/they are in real life? Look on the internet, they were yuppies in the 90's. there are references and pictures that show them before the beards were grown out in the 2000's. They have been wealthy for decades. He said he loves all people, but hates sin. How you come to conclusions that he doesn't state, is rather telling. How do you know what he thinks or believes in his heart? Do you read his mind? Can we read yours? I imagine one would be as accurate as the other.

You can have whatever opinion you wish and write it, speak it, or post it where you wish. Don't be surprised when someone calls it an opinion, same as what Phil said, it is his opinion. If you don't wish to hear or read it don't listen or read. Me, I prefer to take it all with the knowledge that it is their opinion, no proof attached to your or Phil's statements. You are free to have your opinion, as is Phil, but I bet more people will know what his is, than yours. It doesn't make either wrong... or right.

John Harville

In its newest issue GQ is setting a new style... no socks with your Armani suit and tie.


Watch the reruns of the original Miami Vice. It ain't new.

Dr. Information

Phil is a human loving, God fearing man. The liberals have turned this into a hearsay, word spinning war. Par for the day from the left.


Phil Robertson "Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate"

Couldn't of said it better.