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At least two networks are eager to air Duck Dynasty reality show if A&E decides to ax the hugely popular reality show, TMZ reported.
Merrill Sport, owner of the Christian-affiliated Hunt Channel told the website that he’d be thrilled to pick up the show.
“We believe in the 2nd amendment and freedom of speech,” he said.
At least two networks are eager to air Duck Dynasty reality show if A&E decides to ax the hugely popular reality show
“…A&E needs to put on their big boy pants, and if they don’t like the programming, they need to either let [Duck Dynasty] go or shut up and pay them.”
“A&E is too scripted. [Hunt Channel] would let the personalities flow.”
Rusty Faulk, CEO of the Pursuit Channel is also willing to air Duck Dynasty telling TMZ that the channel doesn’t, “censor our personalities.”
However, the Robertson family’s A&E contract precludes the clan from doing another show for a certain period of time.
Less than two days after Cracker Barrel announced plans to withdraw selected Duck Dynasty items from its shelves in the wake of Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments, the Southern country store and restaurant chain has reversed its decision.
Cracker Barrel’s reversal of its former position was posted this morning to Facebook, following a flurry of negative responses from customers and fans who showed support to Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty family.
“When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done,” Cracker Barrel wrote.
“You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened.”
Cracker Barrel has reversed its decision in Phil Robertson controversy
“People weren’t shy. They wrote, called and took to social media,” Cracker Barrel’s spokesman Jeff Eller told ABC News about the company’s decision to go back on its original pledge to ax “selected products” from its stores.
The restaurant was the first major retailer to announce its stance on the Duck Dynasty scandal since Phil Robertson’s remarks went public.
A statement posted on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page read: “Cracker Barrel’s mission is pleasing people. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.”
The Facebook post indicated the company would continue to sell some Duck Commander products in stores, but would continue to “evaluate the products we offer.”
The announcement on Sunday confirmed the company will be reinstating all Duck Dynasty products back into its stores.
Phil Robertson has been put on hiatus by A&E Network after he made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ magazine.
Phil Robertson’s comments received mixed reactions from the show’s millions of fans, with politicians and gay rights groups also weighing in on the issue.
Hours after the interview went public and Phil Robertson was suspended, a Facebook page popped up encouraging fans to boycott the network until the family patriarch returned. The page now has over 1.7 million likes.
Phil Robertson’s suspension has also prompted an outcry from conservative Republican politicians, including Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
The Change.org petition calling for a boycott of A&E Networks if it does not bring back Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and apologize for placing him on indefinite hiatus has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.
Phil Robertson, 67, came under fire this week for anti-gay comments he made in a recent interview with GQ magazine.
Phil Robertson came under fire this week for anti-gay comments he made in a recent interview with GQ magazine
“Duck Dynasty has a huge following and WE THE PEOPLE stand behind Phil Robertson and his family,” reads the petition, which has attracted nearly 108,000 signatures.
“We stand for faith and freedom. We stand for family and values. Those who disagree have the God given right to, that doesn’t mean Phil needs to be punished for exercising his rights.”
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Cracker Barrel announced it was pulling select Duck Dynasty products from its shelves and a new report indicates A&E warned Phil Robertson to keep quiet about controversial issues such as gay rights.
Southern restaurant and country store chain Cracker Barrel has taken a public stand in the Duck Dynasty controversy that has swiftly turned into a culture war.
Cracker Barrel has removed “selected products” that “might offend” some diners from shelves days after cast member Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in a GQ magazine interview hit the internet, resulting in his suspension from the A&E reality hit.
On Saturday, Cracker Barrel posted the following statement on its Facebook page:”Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.
“We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores.
Cracker Barrel announced it was pulling select Duck Dynasty products from its shelves following Phil Robertson’s controversial comments
“We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.
“We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so.”
There’s been no word from the company as to exactly which products were deemed offensive. On the Cracker Barrel website, almost every Duck Dynasty product is currently being sold at a discount.
The restaurant is the first major retailer to announce any action at all since Phil Robertson’s interview went public. It represents a small slice of a merchandise empire that saw sales of $400 million this year.
The biggest player in Duck Dynasty’s brand bonanza is unsurprisingly Wal-Mart, which accounts for about half that annual $400 million haul. The world’s largest retailer has yet to make any statement on Phil Robertson’s comments or the future of Duck Dynasty products in its stores.
In some Wal-Mart stores, mainly in the south, entire aisles are devoted to the bearded Robertson clan, including camouflage bedding, kids’ pajamas and prayer devotionals. At Wal-Mart’s annual shareholder meeting this past summer, the retailer announced its Duck Dynasty t-shirts, adorned with the faces of Phil Robertson and his family, were its bestselling products across both men’s and women’s apparel.
On Saturday evening, Cracker Barrel’s decision had already resulted in Twitter uproar among Duck Dynasty’s fans, many of whom have also threatened to boycott A&E over Robertson’s suspension.
Charlie Sheen has waded into the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson with a long rant on social media site TwitPic in which the actor calls the Duck Commander “Mallard-brained” and a “shower dodger”.
Phil Robertson, 67, was placed on indefinite hiatus from the A&E reality show after anti-gay comments made during GQ magazine interview.
“Your statements were and are abhorrently and mendaciously unforgivable,” said Charlie Sheen in comments published Saturday.
Charlie Sheen has waded into the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson with a long rant on social media
“You are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style media beat down.”
Charlie Sheen was fired from the hit CBS show Two and a Half Men in 2011 amid ongoing issues with substance abuse and allegations of domestic violence.
The actor is the latest prominent person to weigh in with reaction to Phil Robertson’s comments. In recent days, Phil Robertson has drawn support from Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, while being attacked by gay rights group GLAAD, and losing connections with Cracker Barrel.
In light of Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty, the fifth season of which begins January 15, the Robertson family is reportedly considering walking away from the series, to which A&E has exclusive rights.
A new controversy sparked Friday afternoon after three-year-old videos of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson speaking at a Pennsylvania church resurfaced.
Last week, Phil Robertson, 67, made what some perceived as anti-gay comments in an article in GQ Magazine. The article is published in the January 2014 edition of the magazine.
The Duck Dynasty star’s controversial comments have started a firestorm of online discussion and led to Phil Robertson’s indefinite suspension from the popular reality show.
But the faith-based comments Phil Robertson made in the GQ article were echoes of statements he made while speaking at events long before the show on A&E Networks started.
In 2010, Phil Robertson was the keynote speaker at an outreach dinner at the Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St., in Lower Pottsgrove.
The big game dinner, according to the Senior Pastor Jace Erb, was meant to spread an Evangelistic message.
Jace Erb said the dinner and outreach sessions are meant to bring people into church who normally does not attend.
In 2010, Phil Robertson was the keynote speaker at an outreach dinner at the Berean Bible Church in Lower Pottsgrove
Phil Robertson spoke at the church on February 5 and February 6 of 2010.
“At the time, I was able to reach [ Phil Robertson] directly,” Jace Erb said.
Pastor Jace Erb said more than 1,000 people bought $5 tickets for the 2010 dinner when they heard Phil Robertson was a featured speaker.
According to Jace Erb, even before the show began, Phil Robertson was very well known in the hunting community.
In 1973, Robertson founded the Duck Commander Co., which designs and manufactures duck calls.
“I had not heard him speak live, but I had seen a video,” Jace Erb said about hearing Phil Robertson’s message before extending the invitation to him to come speak.
Once Jace Erb announced Phil Robertson was coming to speak, he said the tickets were gone in approximately 15 minutes.
During the 50-minute talk three years ago, Phil Robertson spoke about what happens when people refuse to believe God exists.
“They will dishonor their bodies with one another. Degrade each other,” Phil Robertson said to nearly 500 people gathered at the dinner.
“Women with women. Men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another.”
Despite the growing negative attention Phil Robertson is facing after his comments, Jace Erb said he would still invite him to speak again.
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A&E Networks still remains quiet as it receives hundreds of thousands of petitions against its decision to suspend Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
Since its Wednesday decision to “indefinitely” suspend Phil Robertson, A&E has yet to publicly clarify what the future of Duck Dynasty reality show might be, what they’ll do with their block of reruns, or even what it really means to be “indefinitely” suspended.
The network’s lack of communication has done nothing to stem the tide of detractors who strongly disagree with its decision to put Phil Robertson on the bench over anti-gay remarks quoted in GQ magazine.
A Change.org petition demanding that Phil Robertson be reinstated and the network issue an apology was steadily climbing toward 100,000 signatures Friday.
A separate petition at a website called IStandWithPhil.com makes a similar appeal. Hosted by the online community Faith Driven Consumers, the website helps its members spend their money with companies that fall in line with their spiritual beliefs. The petition on IStandWithPhil.com had surpassed 130,000 signatures by Friday evening.
A&E Networks still remains quiet as it receives hundreds of thousands of petitions against its decision to suspend Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
Those who’ve signed the IStandWithPhil.com petition are asking for their “views (to) be treated with equality and respect in America’s rich rainbow of diversity,” and for the “network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to <<Duck Dynasty>>, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview”.
“While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson – a recognized symbol of the faith community – is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.”
Both websites are urging people not to watch A&E programming in the meantime.
So far, the number of petitioners doesn’t compare with the millions that Duck Dynasty has drawn to A&E – its fourth-season premiere in August set a record with 11.8 million watching, and the season finale in October brought in 8.4 million – but those signatures would give any network exec flop sweat. Especially when the rest of the Robertson family has stoked the fire with a statement that suggests the future of the show might be in jeopardy.
“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 Robertson family said in a statement.
“We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of <<Duck Dynasty>>.”
A person with close ties to A&E noted that the Robertson family is under contract, thereby reducing the chances that the family will show up on another channel anytime soon.
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After Phil Robertson’s suspension over controversial anti-gay comments in GQ magazine, Duck Dynasty clan is mulling options as Glenn Beck offers a slot on his startup network.
A&E Networks is facing a cold reality in the wake of its decision to indefinitely suspend Phil Robertson.
The Robertson is reportedly mulling ditching the highest-rated series in the network’s history in solidarity with Phil Robertson.
“They’re an extremely tight-knit family and they’re not going to let this get in the way,” a source close to the Robertsons told E! News.
“[Phil] is the reason for their success-they’re not going to abandon him. They’re also not about to let anyone threaten their religious beliefs.”
After praying on it, the Louisiana family united for a thinly-veiled salvo to A&E in its official statement Thursday night: “We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.
After Phil Robertson’s suspension, Duck Dynasty clan is mulling options as Glenn Beck offers a slot on his startup network
“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.”
With the specter of defecting advertisers or a boycott, A&E condemned Phil Robertson by putting him on an “indefinite hiatus from filming”.
A&E holds an exclusive rights contract with the Robertsons, but the network may have no choice but to severe ties, especially since neither conservative pundits nor gay rights activists have shown any sign of losing interest in the flap.
Given the success of Duck Dynasty reality show – Season 4 premiere drew a network record 11.8 million viewers – that would be a devastating loss.
But the Robertsons would be highly sought free agents. If nothing else, Glenn Beck offered the family a spot on his fledgling right-wing leaning network, The Blaze.
“[All the other networks] will fold to pressure,” Glenn Beck said on his radio show Thursday.
“They will all fold to money because they are all in over their eyeballs are debt … the only reason why Phil was put on hiatus and not the rest is because it is a money-printing machine.
“May I suggest: Make your stand. You will never have a better chance. And quite honestly, you’re our best shot as people.”
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A top A & E executive revealed that the network’s management carefully considered whether to suspend Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty reality show over his anti-gay comments.
According to the executive, Nancy Dubuc, the CEO of A&E Networks, ultimately reached the suspension decision because Phil Robertson’s remarks were in conflict with “the fundamental values of the company.” Nancy Dubuc was responding in part to the concern of employees within the company, the executive said.
“She gathered all the information, assessed it, thought seriously about this,” the executive told TheWrap.
Phil Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty reality show over anti-gay comments in GQ magazine
“It’s a dilemma.”
Nancy Dubuc is one of the most powerful TV executives in Hollywood, overseeing A & E, Lifetime and History channels. Her dynasty is powered largely by Duck Dynasty, the highest-rated reality show on the air.
The executive also said that arguments that A & E had somehow taken Phil Robertson’s free speech away were ridiculous, as a suspension from a television show did not curtail his ability to speak out freely.
The source said that any notion that A & E had a conflict with Christianity was also absurd, considering A & E’s History just aired the hit miniseries, The Bible.
Phil Robertson has been suspended Wednesday night, hours after an early-morning phone call between A & E executives and GLAAD, the civil rights group told TheWrap.
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Duck Dynasty stars have issued a statement regarding the indefinite suspension of family patriarch Phil Robertson, who was pulled from the A&E reality show on Wednesday after making anti-gay comments in a GQ magazine interview.
In the statement, posted on the Duck Commander website, the Robertson family says that it “cannot imagine” going forward with the show if Phil isn’t aboard, and that it’s “in discussions” with A&E Networks to determine what his suspension means for the future of the show.
The family asserted that Phil Robertson “would never incite or encourage hate” and that they were “disappointed” in the suspension.
The Robertson family cannot imagine going forward with Duck Dynasty reality show if Phil isn’t aboard
They also said that Duck Commander’s expression of his faith is his “constitutionally protected right.”
The statement read: “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.”
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson released his own statement in response to the controversy over his anti-gay comments early Wednesday.
The Louisiana family patriarch said: “I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around s**, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
Phil Robertson released his own statement in response to the controversy over his anti-gay comments
Phil Robertson, 67, was placed on indefinite suspension by A & E Networks because of anti-gay remarks he made in a recent interview with GQ magazine.
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Faith Driven Consumer – an organization connecting Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies – asks A&E Networks to immediately reinstate Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to the hit show and also is seeking a formal apology to him, his family and the show’s viewers.
To support Phil Robertson, the Christian organization has launched the IStandWithPhil.com petition drive.
The petition calls for A&E Networks to immediately reinstate Phil Robertson to the hit reality show, after he was placed on indefinite suspension because of anti-gay remarks he made in an interview with GQ magazine interview.
“Simply put, Phil Robertson is being censored and punished for quoting the Bible, and A&E’s treatment of him is punitive and highly discriminatory,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer.
Faith Driven Consumer asks A&E Networks to immediately reinstate Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to the hit show
“Everyday people will not stand for this; they know bullying and violation of religious freedom when they see it. A&E’s actions are censoring faith-driven consumers and eliminating them from an entertainment choice that they have overwhelmingly supported.”
The IStandWithPhil.com online petition drive calls out the A&E network’s “intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment” of the Duck Dynasty star, reading: “A&E’s position, which in your own words is <<championing>> the gay and lesbian community … excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.”
The petition calls for respecting the millions of viewers of Duck Dynasty reality show, and demands that the network immediately reinstate Phil Robertson and “formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview”. Up to now, the petition had collected more than 4,000 signatures.
Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments have since been slammed by GLAAD, but the reality star has drawn support from Sarah Palin and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
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Fox News Channel hosts and commentators came to the defense of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on air Wednesday.
A&E Networks placed Phil Robertson, 67, on indefinite hiatus after he made anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine, causing an uproar and sparking criticism from gay advocacy groups GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.
On Hannity, host Sean Hannity said it was a “slippery slope” to begin firing people over things they said, adding he never advocated for the firings of liberals — including Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir – who got in trouble for controversial comments.
Megyn Kelly said on The Kelly File that Phil Robertson’s indefinite hiatus preemptively stopped any conversation that might have arisen from his comments.
“He is a Christian man – I grant you he did not say in the kindest way – but why can’t there be a debate about it? Why can’t there be a discussion … instead of <<you are fired>>.”
Fox News Channel hosts and commentators came to the defense of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on air
Later, Megyn Kelly said the clash between fundamentalist Christians and the gay and lesbian community has yet to reach resolution, implying this could be because the discussion never takes place.
“Fundamentalist Christians don’t believe in homos**uality and they’ve been so critical of it. And the gay and lesbian community has said <<that’s intolerance>> and then they [Christians] say <<well you’re being intolerant of our beliefs>>.” she said.
“We’ve seen this clash over and over. [It’s] yet to be resolved.”
But several of Megyn Kelly’s panelists sided with A&E and its decision.
Democratic pollster Bernard Whitman told Megyn Kelly that Phil Robertson’s comment’s were “disgusting” and said it “flies in the face of what it means to be Christian.” He applauded A&E for its response.
Conservative commentator Monica Crowley said she was “not a fan of the word police,” but said A&E was within its rights to take action.
“You should be able to say what you want short of inciting violence,” Monica Crowley said.
“A&E, though, has certain standards in practices. As an employee of A&E, A&E then has a right to say <<what he said doesn’t suit us>>.”
Earlier in the day, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tweeted her own defense of Phil Robertson.
Phil Robertson will likely appear in Duck Dynasty Season 4, which premieres on January 15, as production is largely wrapped.
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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has defended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson after A&E placed him on indefinite hiatus for making anti-gay remarks.
Sarah Palin tweeted her support of the reality star: “Free speech is endangered species; those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all.”
Sarah Palin has defended Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson after A&E placed him on indefinite hiatus for making anti-gay remarks
Phil Robertson came under fire Wednesday for comments he made in a recent interview with GQ magazine.
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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal jumped to the defense of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who was indefinitely suspended from the show Wednesday after making anti-gay comments.
In a statement, Bobby Jindal praised 67-year-old Phil Robertson and his family as “great citizens” of Louisiana state, where the lucrative show is filmed, and he slammed the “politically correct crowd” for criticizing his comments.
“I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive,” Bobby Jindal said.
“But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
At first glance, the Indian-American convert to Roman Catholicism with a national political profile and Phil Robertson wouldn’t seem to be completely natural allies.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal jumped to the defense of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
However, some conservative Christians are arguing that Phil Robertson, a self-described “Bible-thumper,” was singled out for expressing a religious belief that homos**uality is wrong.
Asked in an interview with GQ magazine what he believes in sinful, Phil Robertson replied: “Start with homos**ual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
A&E said in a statement that Phil Robertson’s “personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community”.
Bobby Jindal was not the only prominent GOP political figure to weigh in on the controversy.
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin expressed her support for Phil Robertson in a Facebook post.
“Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,” Sarah Palin said.
And Texas Senator Ted Cruz posted on his Facebook page that Americans should be “deeply dismayed” about Phil Robertson’s treatment.
“Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job,” Ted Cruz said.
“In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him–but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree.”
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Phil Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty reality show following anti-gay comments he made in an interview with GQ magazine.
A & E Networks said in a statement that the Robertson family patriarch had been placed on indefinite hiatus.
“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>>,” the company said.
“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.”
Phil Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty reality show following anti-gay comments he made in an interview with GQ magazine
Phil Robertson, 67, caused controversy with his comments, in which he grouped gays with “drunks” and “terrorists,” and said that they won’t “inherit the kingdom of God.”
Asked what he considered sinful, Phil Robertson told GQ magazine: “Start with homos**ual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Phil Robertson has described himself as a product of the ’60s who engaged in the s**, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but has since embraced Jesus Christ as his savior.
GLAAD excoriated Phil Robertson for the interview, accusing him of pushing “vile and extreme stereotypes.”
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said.
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson reportedly snubbed Barbara Walters in a recent interview, opting to go duck hunting instead.
Phil Robertson, 67, was supposed to accompany the rest of his family for a taped interview of Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of the Year special.
The Robertsons made Barbara Walters’ annual list along with actress Jennifer Lawrence, singer Miley Cyrus, and reality star Kim Kardashian, among others.
In a sneak preview of the transcript from the interview, set to air Wednesday, Barbara Walters asks Phil Robertson’s wife, Miss Kay, if her husband would rather go hunting than sit down for the ABC network interview.
Phil Robertson snubbed Barbara Walters interview opting to go duck hunting instead
“He would rather shoot ducks than talk to us, yes?”
Miss Kay Robertson responded jokingly: “Oh yes. Between, uh, November and January, I told him I didn’t ever plan to die then, because, he may not be at my funeral.”
“Tell him I have never been superseded by a duck before,” Barbara Walters quipped.
The Robertson clan went on to tell Barbara Walters that this isn’t the first time Phil has skipped out on a big family event to go duck hunting.
Jessica Robertson, Jep’s wife, told Barbara Walters that Phil missed the birth of his son, Jase, because he was busy sitting in a duck blind.
“Well, he missed the birth of Jase because he was in the duck blind, and he wouldn’t leave,” Jessica Robertson explained.
Duck Dynasty stars returned to TV for a Christmas special and proved themselves to be a triple threat when they showed off their acting skills at their church’s nativity play.
“Considering the talent involved, it’s borderline miraculous [we pulled off the play],” Jase Robertson said.
Even the Robertson’s youngest brother Jep, who has terrible stage fright, managed to remember his one line.
However, Uncle Si Robertson, who played one of the wise men, insisted on calling frankincense “franken scents.”
“Everybody knows that <<franken>> is a prefix,” Si Robertson explained.
“Like <<franken stein>> and <<frank and beans>>.”
While the nativity play, which featured the entire family, went on fairly smoothly, the episode focused on what the Robertson family does best: hunting.
“Well every Christmas, it seems like my house is invaded by yuppies,” said Phil Robertson as he prepared to go hunting for the family’s Christmas dinner.
Duck Dynasty stars showed off their acting skills at their church’s nativity play
“All they do all day long is decorate and talk.”
Before Phil Robertson could head out to hunt, Miss Kay and Jessica insisted he take them hog hunting.
“In the spirit of Christmas and in the spirit of the American West, we say y’all get your camo on,” he told them before quickly regretting his decision to let the women join him.
“If the yapping keeps up there won’t be a hog coming within a mile of us,” Phil Robertson complained. Failing to get Jessica and Miss Kay to stay quiet, Phil devised a plan to trick them into acting foolish.
He told them to scream for the pigs to come while walking in a circle and bending close to the ground. After several minutes of this Phil couldn’t hold back his laughter and the jig was up.
But there was no harm done as Phil soon after shot a pig for their Christmas dinner. He enlisted the help of Jessica who was not too happy to help her father-in-law drag the pig back to the truck.
“I’m a better pioneer woman [than Jessica],” Miss Kay said.
“I’ve been helping cleaning and carrying hogs since I could carry and clean hogs.”
Meanwhile, Willie Robertson was searching for the perfect present to get his wife Korie after she admitted he was not the best gift giver. In previous years she received a Snuggie and a bedazzled clutch.
Determined to make this year different, Willie Robertson took the advice of younger brother Jep and had a family portrait framed.
Satisfied his gift would make an impression on his wife, Willie Robertson was disappointed when brother Jase turned up with the same gift for his wife Missy.
Despite the minor setback, both wives loved their gifts and Willie was happy to save the “camo pajamas” he bought Korie for her birthday.
Alan Robertson also made an appearance on last night’s episode sporting some new scruff. The former minister led the family and the church in a prayer after the nativity play.
In Duck Dynasty’s upcoming hour-long Christmas special, airing on A&E on December 11 at 10 p.m. ET, Phil Robertson takes Miss Kay and Jessica for a hunting trip to catch a hog for the family’s Christmas dinner.
Phil Robertson takes Miss Kay and Jessica for a hunting trip to catch a hog for the family’s Christmas dinner
However, the family patriarch immediately regrets that decision.
Duck Dynasty Christmas special will also include the Robertson gang performing a live nativity play in their church. Fortunately, they’ve got the beards to play Joseph and the three wise men.
Newly elected Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister said the endorsement by the Duck Dynasty fame might have given him a leg up in winning Saturday’s runoff for an open congressional seat.
“When Willie and Jep and Jase did what they did for me, I’m sure it didn’t hurt at all,” Republican Vance McAllister told Fox & Friends Monday, referring to the endorsements he received from the folks on the popular TV reality show.
Vance McAllister beat fellow Republican state Senator Neil Riser in a runoff election for the seat in the state’s 5th Congressional District. Both self-described conservatives, Riser ran on the endorsement of the Tea Party of Louisiana.
Phil Robertson endorsed Vance McAllister, a businessman and political newcomer, because he had “the least political experience,” Raw Story reports.
Vance McAllister said Willie Robertson stopped by to congratulate him after the win, giving him a “big old bear hug.”
Jep Robertson endorsement helped Vance McAllister to win Louisiana Congress seat
“We had just wrapped up with all my TV interviews and everything, and I was talking to some friends and family. And, next thing I hear is, <<Willie is here.>> And, I turned around and, oh, my goodness, it’s like Grizzly Adams walking up behind you,” Vance McAllister said.
“He told me he was proud of me. And, I told him, <<Well, boy, I appreciate it>>. Phil, Jase, and Willie and Jep, and even Si, they are amazing, true Christians,” Vance McAllister added.
“And, you know, what y’all see on TV, and I’ve known them before any of this all came about, they are some wonderful people.”
Vance McAllister also said the barrage of negative campaign ads against him also contributed to his win.
“It was 100 percent negative campaign against 100 percent positive campaign. And, I stayed true to my faith and maintained my integrity,” he said.
“We kind of shocked the world.”
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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson assembled the Duck Commander’s 1 millionth call of the year at the company’s retail store on Kings Lane in West Monroe.
Phil Robertson put the call — fittingly his wooden Classic Commander with cedar insert and poplar barrel — and blew a few mallard notes.
“Not bad for the 1 millionth duck call,” said the Duck Commander, who said it was his first time in the store.
The Robertson family, whose Duck Commander business has exploded following their Duck Dynasty fame, is auctioning off the duck call with proceeds to benefit the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association for its Wounded Warrior hunts.
“This has been the best thing to ever happen to the Warrior hunt,” said veteran John Nolan, who coordinates the hunts in northeastern Louisiana, including an upcoming event with 24 disabled veterans.
“For the (men and women) who have sacrificed with their lives and limbs … the least I can do is try to help out,” Phil Robinson said.
More than 100 fans, among them a tour busload from Oklahoma, packed the Duck Commander store to cheer the milestone, a far cry from the reaction Phil Robertson received when he presented his first duck call to his family in the early 1970s.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch said he walked into the house and presented the duck call to his parents, his wife Miss Kay and the couple’s two young sons Al and Jase as they were playing dominoes.
“I walked in and said we’re going to sell a million dollars worth of these before it’s over,” Phil Robertson recalled.
Phil Robertson assembled the Duck Commander’s 1 millionth call of the year at the company’s retail store
He said the family never looked up and continued the domino game.
“They said nothing,” Phil Robertson said.
“Little did I know 40 years later I would be erroneous,” he said.
Instead of $1 million worth of calls, “we literally sold 1 million in just a year.”
The Robertsons aren’t revealing annual revenue generated by the company, but consider that Duck Commander calls sell from a low of $19.95 to a high of $179.95 for the Cold Blooded series calls made of acrylic that look like snakeskin. Phil’s Classic Commander goes for $44.95.
“It’s a momentous occasion,” Al Robertson said while introducing his father to the crowd.
“Who’d have thought from one duck call this empire would emerge?”
Duck Commander call sales have surged from 60,000 in 2011 to 1 million and counting this year. Robertson said he sold 2,000 his first year.
Phil Robertson, with his Classic Commander in one hand and the Bible, credited God for his and the family’s success.
“I’m a C-plus man, so I can’t attribute it to intellect,” he said.
“God has poured out his blessing toward us.”
He recounted his story of redemption to fans Thursday.
“I repented at 28 and turned to God,” said Phil Robertson, who often uses the stage of fame to profess his Christian faith.
“There’s no down side to loving God and loving your neighbor.”
But even with that faith Phil Robertson said he could have never predicted the company’s current success.
“I didn’t think it possible,” he said.
“But I’m still the same dude. The only difference is I’ve sold a million duck calls.”
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson admitted that his bad behavior once put in jeopardy his 47-year marriage to his wife, Miss Kay.
Phil Robertson, 67, revealed in a recent interview with Extra how a love note inevitably helped sustain their wedded bliss.
He detailed some of the steps he took to get the couple’s relationship back on track during its tainted years. After finding God, Phil Robertson said his worldview and marriage dramatically changed. But he also spoke about how a short note he once wrote played a big role in helping maintain his now-strong relationship with Miss Kay.
Phil Robertson admitted that his bad behavior once put in jeopardy his 47-year marriage to Miss Kay
Phil Robertson told Extra’s Maria Menounos that the note originated long ago when his wife asked him if he loved her.
“I said yes and she said, <<Write it down>>. So I scribbled, <<Miss Kay, I love you. I always have and I always will>>,” he explained.
That note is still taped over the couple’s headboard, serving as a daily reminder to them both.
So, despite their on-screen love, like any married couple, Phil and Miss Kay Robertson have had their share of fights and problems.
Along the way, they hit some speed bumps.
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“He had about 10 hard years,” Miss Kay Robertson told Maria Menounos of the troubles they experienced.
“He didn’t act nice like he does now, especially when he was drinking. He was real selfish and didn’t want to be responsible.”
Phil Robertson chimed in an added that his behavior came at a time “when there was no Jesus” in his life.
“I was following the ways of the world. I was raised in the ’60s,” he said.
The latest episode of Duck Dynasty showed Phil and Miss Kay Robertson being worried about their mortality after a visit to the doctor.
Phil and Miss Kay Robertson went to visit their son Willie to share their concerns.
“Well, simply put,” Phil Robertson told Willie.
“We’re dying,” finished Miss Kay.
“You’re both dying?” asked a confused Willie.
After a visit to the doctor, Phil and Miss Kay Robertson were worried about their mortality
“Miss Kay and I are healthy as we can be, as far as I know,” explained Phil.
“If you made it 65 years, you’re like, way ahead of the game, but we will go.”
“So, no one’s dying, right?” clarified Willie Robertson.
“Well, not at the moment,” admitted Miss Kay.
“We just want to make sure that what we leave behind is in order,” said Phil Robertson.
“Is this about your will?” asked Willie.
“Who gets what, you know, so you don’t fight,” answered the Duck Dynasty patriarch.
“So, I’m saying let’s go down there, look at the property lines, get it all divided up.”
“Today?” the Duck Commander CEO asked.
“Today,” said his father Phil, firmly.
Phil and Willie leave the office to tour the massive Robertson compound, where Willie learns that instead of getting the house (like Alan), or the land next to the river (like Jase) or the land next to the lake (like Jep), he ends up with the property that soon will have a pipeline running through it.
Duck Dynasty continues to smash competition in the ratings on Wednesday nights, but Phil Robertson has spoken out about how the show is portrayed.
In an interview with Sports Spectrum TV earlier this year that’s only recently gone viral, Phil Robertson admitted that fake bleeps were inserted into the show even though there was no cursing happening.
“The inserted fake bleeps … like somebody had used profanity, but no one had used profanity,” Phil Robertson said.
“I ask those guys that produce the show … <<What’s the point of the fake bleeps?>>”
In an interview with Sports Spectrum TV earlier this year that’s only recently gone viral, Phil Robertson admitted that fake bleeps were inserted into the show even though there was no cursing happening
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson admitted that there are up to 20 editors who are “arranging the scenes” on the show so they might think that’s where cursing likely happened.
“Of course these people probably thought that there was some profanity going on which there was zero,” Phil Robertson stated.
“If we’re not using profanity, why make it look like we’re using profanity? What is the point? Why don’t you just run it and say what we say?”
Phil Robertson also said that the name Jesus has been cut out during the family’s prayer scene at the end of the show.
“So they would just have me saying, <<Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen>>. So I said, <<Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name?>> They said, <<Well those editors are probably doing that. They just think that they don’t want to offend some of the Muslims or something>>.”
Phil Robertson said that since that conversation the show has been leaving “Jesus” in the show.
“So I notice now they are … leaving it in there, but you got to remember, spiritual warfare,” Phil Robertson said.
“I mean you have people with no moral compass, it ain’t there.”
This week’s episode of Duck Dynasty revealed Miss Kay Robertson lost her pet turtle, Mr. T.
Immediately, suspicion was cast on Miss Kay’s sweet pooch, Bobo.
“Maybe this little boy here had turtle for breakfast,” said Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, pointing to Bobo.
“See if you got little pieces of Mr. T in the stool of that dog next time he goes out there in the woods.”
“That’s an awful thing to say,” replied Miss Kay, who opened Bobo’s mouth and took a whiff of breath.
“Oh goodnight,” she said, waving away the stench.
This week’s episode of Duck Dynasty revealed Miss Kay Robertson lost her pet turtle, Mr. T
“Ain’t nothin’ smells worse than a dead turtle,” said Phil Robertson, shaking his head.
As a gesture of love, Phil Robertson offered to go turtle hunting to find Miss Kay a new pet.
“There aren’t many things that can get me up and out of my chair, especially when I’m sharpening my knife,” explained Phil Robertson.
“And the last thing that I ever thought would get me out of my chair would be a turtle hunt.”
Miss Kay Robertson, however, had a sure-fire way to get Phil to fetch her a new turtle.
“If you want some lovin’ tonight, today is the day,” Miss Kay said resolutely.
“So is this one of them no honey on the biscuit maneuvers here?” Phil asked, somewhat helplessly.
“You got it, Jack,” smiled Miss Kay.
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