'Duck Dynasty' Family Supports Embattled Star: There's No Show Without Phil
The stars of Duck Dynasty (and the family of Phil Robertson) are standing firmly behind the show's patriarch, calling into question whether Duck Dynasty will continue at all following A&E's suspension of Robertson after his homophobic remarks to GQ magazine.
The Robertson family released the following 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.
Hmm...looks like the family released this statement before good ol' Phil's vitriolic anti-gay sermon was revealed to the world. We think they'd have a difficult time claiming that that piece of rhetoric wasn't Phil "inciting or encouraging hate." Still, we're sure they'd still stand with him.
What do you think, Instincters? Will the show go on? Will the show's stars quit? What's A&E's next move?