Duck Dynasty Cast to A&E: No Phil Robertson, No Show!

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The Duck Dynasty cast released a statement in support of suspended star Phil Robertson, implying that they can't go forward with the show without him.

“We are in discussions with A&E to see what [this] means for the future of Duck Dynasty,” the family statement said of Phil Robertson's suspension.

“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.”

The family defended Robertson’s comments and stressed that they 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,” the family said.

“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.”

The Robertson family said it has “spent much time in prayer” since learning A&E had suspended Phil over anti-gay comments he made in GQ.

The family also criticized A&E for its actions, saying he was placed on hiatus “for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.”

Indeed, he sparked a national debate on religion and tolerance in an interview in which the reporter asked him what he considered to be sinful behavior.

The 67-year-old Robertson, who fans of the show know is very religious, said:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

The Duck Commander found then paraphrased Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:

“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.”

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Whatever you think of Robertson’s comments, they drew immediate condemnation from gay rights groups who pressured the network to take action.

On Wednesday, A&E announced Phil was suspended indefinitely, saying:

"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."

A&E’s decision to pull Robertson from the hit show drew strong support from the gay and lesbian rights groups, but criticism from many others.

Duck Dynasty drew 11.8 million viewers in August for its Season 4 premiere, making it the highest rated cable series EVER ... and fans aren't happy.

Not just because they like the show, either. They've made him a cause celebre.

Many public figures, including Glenn Beck, accuse the network of discrimination, violating Phil's religious beliefs and violating his First Amendment rights.

A&E is private company, of course, and can fire whomever its wants ... the question is whether the network will forgive, forget and deal with the backlash.

If they bring Phil back, the cast will likely resume filming, and many fans will be pleased, yet certain factions of the population will likely be upset.

If they don't, others will be upset. Clearly, A&E is up against it right here.

YOU TELL US: Should Phil Robertson have been suspended?

Should A&E pull the plug on Duck Dynasty?

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dump Aand E.......not phil

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we need Phil in the white house he believes in the bill of rights and the constitution and the bible and God

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GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES AND PHIL ROBERTSON FAMILY!!!!!

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As far as I'm concerned, A&E is not about to cancel Duck Dynasty any time soon. As long as Duck Dynasty continues to bring in BIG-ASS RATINGS for A&E and as long as Duck Dynasty continues to make $$$ for A&E, Duck Dynasty is nowhere near the cancellation route (or whatever). It is what it is.

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Phil's comments were offensive to many minorities. If he had said someting derogatory about YOU or your beliefs would you be just as supportive of Phil? A&E has as much right to express their speech and opinions as Phil by getting rid of Phil, whose comments could be taken to represent the network by some. As Romney said, corporations are people too! So they have the right to freedom of speech. Fox commentators like sarah palin and sean hannity complain about the left wing media , the elite media and any media whenever they say something against what they want to promote to their audience. That is the same as A&E suspending Phil as both are expressions of freedom of speech.

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...............correct.

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Don't kid yourself,. A&E is loving the publicity. That's why the strongest stance they've taken is suspending him "indefinitely", and using whatever footage they already (paid to) produce. Half-assed stance.

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Brilliant, classy response, Robertsons! I am so proud of you at this moment I could burst. You have let the world know that a non-wavering commitment to family and firmly held values is more important than tv shows, money and fame. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not giving in and selling yourselves out. God bless you for your courage and commitment, you have served Him well.

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This is ridiculous A&E is making a huge mistake. Phil was asked his opinion and gave it and he is now being punished for his beliefs....really people are we really in America where we are suppose to have freedom of speech and religion. Phil should not apologize, A&E should apologize for defacing a man just b/c of his personal beliefs and opinions.

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GOD BLESS THE ROBERTSON!!!!!!! I for one am SICK of all the gay/lesbian shows. It is a sin. We need something to watch on tv. Love them and proud of them to stand behind their father.