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Phil Robertson Returns To 'Duck Dynasty'; A&E Says He'll Serve No Suspension

Looks like that suspension was tough! A&E has ended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson's "indefinite hiatus" before it even started. 

The show hasn't begun filming its latest season and Robertson hasn't missed any shooting, so in effect, his suspension for his homophobic comments to GQ Magazine is now null and void. 

An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter reads:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” 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.

So 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 will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio."
 

Looks like it all comes down to $$$$$, Instincters? 

Robertson received no punishment and both A&E and the Duck Dynasty stars get to move forward like nothing happened. Surprised??

Comments

You all are doing the exact same thing you are bashing him for!  Just different subjects of said bashing.  None of us are perfect?  Get over yourselves, already.  Live your life according to your beliefs and it will ALL work out in the end, believe it!

I was happy to see you standing up to a racist homophobe A & E because over 50% of my programs are on your channel.  But now I am glad this gay person is blocking your homophobic and racist enabling channel.

A & E you are off my list as a viewing station. 

Never watched and never will! Shame on A&E.

I cannot wait not to see this show.  Every day, I thank God that I was not born into a family like this

Sounds like a lot of you need to put on your big girl panties and suck it up! He is entitled to his beliefs just as you are untitled to yours! Why does he have to be White Trash because he doesn't have your same views? He has a Masters Degree from Louisiana State and more money that all of you will ever make in your lifetime!  By reducing your self to calling him names you need to ask yourself who Is the White Trash here!

IMO, they shouldn't have suspended him.  I think they had every right to, and it was reasonable for them to, but all it did was make him a martyr for the anti-gay nuts.  They also weren't clear on what exactly they suspended him for.
Instead, they should invite a hunter or outdoorsman, who just happened to be gay, on the show to challenge Robertson's crude, disrespectful opinion of gay people.  They should also invite a hunter or outdoorsman, who just happens to be black, to challenge his ignorant opinion about how black people felt during the pre-civil rights era.

Look at Utah, we are winning and anti-gay groups know it.  They are getting increasingly clever though.  Robertson's words are a subtle attempt to invoke prejudice against gay people, that whole "gay sex is gross, don't you think guys?"  Our response shouldn't be whether it's gross or not; that's a straw man.  Our response should be, what Americans do in the privacy of their bedroom is none of your damn business!
The answer isn't to silence the anti-gay groups.  The answer is to let them speak loud and proud, and then have someone in our community come out to shatter all the lies and stereotypes that people like Robertson are implying, while also appealing to Americans general sense of privacy.

Would a straight American appreciate it if Robertson was talking about how he can't understand how that straight person could find their fat spouse attractive enough to screw them?  No!  What straight people do in the bedroom is no more Robertson's business than what​ gay people do in the bedroom.  Americans will side with LGBT people because they'll realize that the way people like Robertson talk about LGBT relationships is the way they'll eventually talk about straight relationships as well, with poor boundaries and profound disrespect.

Damn A&E.....U drew your line in the sand!! You showed him (Mr. Robertson) just how sincere you are!!...All just more PR and BS!! Does this almost suspension come with a pay raise??

I haven't watched A&E for quite some time.  It used to be a quality network, but that was some time ago.  If I want to see rednecks in their natural habitat, I'll go to Wal-Mart.

NOW THT IS BEING RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HATEFUL AND UNTRUE

Are you serious?  There's nothing racist about what I said.  It was elitist perhaps, but hardly hateful or untrue. Have you been to a Wal-Mart lately?  The last time I was there, the majority of the shoppers hardly seemed to constitute the upper echelon of humanity.

Good Bye A&E.. Your a worthless station

A&E has lost me as a viewer. I don't tolerate racism and hate. If you wish to protect and nurture the ignorant and bigoted on your network then I don't need to support you as a network.

I agree....100%!!

...after using our calculator and adding up all the money we were going to lose...  we decided to....

All the money they will lose from right-wing christaint extremists (a very small but loud percentage of the population) is nothing compared to what they will lose from the LGBTs/Friends of LGBTs/People of color...

I got your point... wanna see rating numbers in the next months 

I say we all communicate to A&E that we LGBTs will no longer watch their network. Money talks, bullshit walks, as Phil himself would say...

Paula deen was fired and lost mire for saying the "N" word while beening robbed at gun point ! BUT it's ok to talk about "Faggots" and teaching them that we ar going to Hell .and thats OK? All I can say is A & E is spine less what is good for one person is good for all! But its all about the money !And if you asked Phil if he has ever said the "N" word  He would say yes What would happento him?

The damage is done. Robertson is a bigot and I refuse to buy into his empire. Given that A&E would lose out on millions, anyone who reads between the lines knows this is purely a PR stint aimed at trying to compromise with all vested interests. As they say, you can't please everyone.

How many non-believers and anti-Christians would actually watch a show where it was a well-known fact that the featured family is Christian/has strong Christian values? Seriously. You all probably didn't even know the show existed until now!  

Yes, because anyone who disagrees with him is a non believer and/or anti-Christian...  Because when I open the bible and read the words on red and then read Robertson's comments or listen to his sermons, they're almost identical!  *sarcasm off*

I guess they are saying you are allowed to hate and voice it and then when someone commits a hate crime there gonna say well the bible says its wrong i still don't understand Paula Deen for saying something 20 years ago but people can voice hate towards the lgbt and they are let go with a tap on the hand if they get that we really need to start standing up for ourselves better and tell these republicans just where they can stick it and Sarah Palin can go back to Alaska and stay there. There is something wrong in this country and we need to really look at what is important this just sucks big time

We need to chill out. He has his views and we have ours. That doesn't make him right, but boycotting and hating everyone that disagrees with us makes us JUST like them. If we want tolerance we have to show it. 

This and comments like this are so completely ignorant.  Did slaves stop becoming spaces because they tolerated the views of slave owners?  Was WWII won because people tolerated the views of the German regime?  C'mon!  Tolerance does not and never has meant that I tolerance has to be tolerated.  If I tolerance is tolerated, their can never be true equality.

in addition, tolerance should NeVER be used to argue for a product!  If people want to boycott a product, that is their right.  Phil Robertson and Paula Dean are both products, just as Disney (that company many on the right boycott because of Gay day).  To say that people can't NOT purchase products, that give profits to people who are adamantly opposed to us completely and utterly absurd, invoking "tolerance" as the reason puts it in the realm of ignorant.

F DUCK F'D PHIL

His Religious Delusions

AND

His White Trash Aryan Mentality 

I completely agree, I am a trans woman and I was not wounded by "his words" Thoughts and words only have power if others give it to them.

You mean like when those thoughts are the basis for laws which dehumanize people?  Good thing we don't have any of that here!  Oh, wait....

Everybody stop watching A&E !! We have a voice !! We have a choice !!

Are we surprised? Let's not forget that he also said some pretty ignorant statements regarding African Americans. As we all know....money talks

White trash America needs someone to look up to.

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