Duck Dynasty: Phil Robertson Suspended Because of Gay A&E Employees

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Phil Robertson disrespected the gay employees at A&E, and that's ultimately what got the star suspended from Duck Dynasty, according to a new report.

Robertson Family

The 67-year-old Robertson family patriarch's suspension has become a polarizing topic this week, and now TMZ has insight into how it all went down.

Why would the network suspend one of its most popular personalities when it knew the backlash it would get for it from fans and certain pundits?

A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not in good conscience ask the network's gay employees to kill themselves for the show after Phil's comments.

When Robertson disrespected them by calling all gays sinners, and rather coarsely at that, in his recent interview with GQ, Dubuc felt she had no choice.

A number of gay employees involved in the production of Duck Dynasty were outraged by Phil's comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to take action.

The CEO felt that If Robertson had made similar comments about African Americans or Jews, the public outcry for his firing would've been immense.

Long story short, she felt it was wrong not to react similarly because his comments were directed at gays, of whom she employs more than a few.

Gay rights groups such as GLAAD was heavily involved in lobbying for the suspension of Phil Robertson, and they had an impact on A&E as well.

Robertson was placed on "indefinite" suspension from the show mid-week.

The Duck Dynasty cast has responded to the controversy, expressing disappointment and implying that the show won't go on without their patriarch.

As for criticism that A&E knew what it was getting into with Phil when they hired him - see this sermon video from 2010 (above) - a source explained:

"He just took it too far with GQ ... especially with the coarse language."

It certainly was harsh. Though Phil later said in a statement that he loves all of humanity and does not judge, his initial quotes did not give that impression.

Regarding Phil's religious views - the explanation for his comments - A&E is adamant that this has suspension has nothing to do with being "anti-religion."

Many critics alleged this, along with claiming that his constitutional rights have been violated. But in truth, the network runs lots of religious programming.

Perhaps most notably, A&E is the home of Mark Burnett's The Bible.

The CEO is paying the price for her actions and has been receiving death threats. The status of Robertson and the show remains unclear at this time.

He hasn't been outright fired and the show hasn't been canceled, and it's unclear if production was even underway on new episodes at the time.

In the Duck Dynasty Season 5 sneak peek (January 15), Phil is prominently featured, and there are several marathons of repeats on this month.

Clearly, the network isn't cutting ties with Phil yet, but they're most likely weighing their options and speaking with the family about how to proceed.

Should Phil Robertson have been suspended from Duck Dynasty?


P.S. An A&E Executive was AT the interview and LET him say what he said and NEVER spoke up. Please go and read all facts before judging what you read. Please go read the interview and make a decision for YOURSELF.


Phil has been a racist he is a fucked up man


Phil is correct,im sick of have to explain to my kids why their is to dads married on these t.v shows,if your gay please quit throwing it in our face


Tomorrow is Christmas Eve phil might be in luck i icreased the rate,s to 9000 POINTS SECRETLY DON,T TELL / i love duckdynasty to


A&E back with more NEW,S . Phil Robertson will not be coming back on
tv why? he had to many vote,s off by other people duck dynasty might be gone forever /please write back /


Just read what the bible for yourself. All of the sins and more are there. The way to heaven is also in the bible. Is there no acceptance of what christians believe?? You don't have to watch or believe what you find offensive. Don't trample on others beliefs.

@ Dyan Wood

I can see why his gay support crew doesn't want to bust their chops to put his mug on TV. It is their right to say I don't want to work with the Jack donkey behind. He can take his family over to TBS...I am sure they would to pay him for his antigay beliefs and be more than happy to bust their behinds for him.
He is kind of stupid if he wants to be made famous by a crew of gay people and then disses them in public elsewhere. But he has the right to be crass and backwater and bigot Christian all he wants and others have the right not to work with him or listen to backwater "Christian" mouth. I don't even want to be called a Christian anymore, it is just getting to be a word that says "bigot".


I support phil robertson 101%. Dont be fooled guys, you wont inherit the kingdom of God with this lifestyle


let's ask the Muslims for their view,shall we?


The show is aboutPhil Robertson's lifestyle, his family, his personal tastes and pastime... In a spirit of "genuine reality" why not allow the patriarch voice his opinions on a sensitive subject? I do not agree with him. But I equally resent the "overkill" attitude. With the fear of losing a job for any negative comment or different belief, the message is lost, and gay issue is becoming " politically correct" and starts creating an" untouchable class." Why not steer it into a different direction , that is, open forum , reflection on our own attitudes, and releasing our tolerance for things we do not hold a firm grip on. Even entertainment TV shows can make us think.


I work at A&E studio,s i can shut off shows & put on shows like duck dynasty / crimanal minds / rodeo girls / & many more for the holidays im going to put on all fantasic Movie,s hope you watch A&E THANKS FOR READING !!!!!!!!

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