‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson suspended for anti-gay remarks

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Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the Robertson family as seen in A&E's "Duck Dynasty." (From A&E Networks)

(CNN) — Phil Robertson, a star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” has been suspended indefinitely after slamming gays in a magazine interview.

“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 network said in a statement Wednesday.

“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.”

In an interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson equates gays and sinners, and appears to compare homosexuality to bestiality.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” he’s quoted as saying.

Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: “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.”

He also made comments regarding race and growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights era.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field. … They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!

“Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues,” GQ quotes Robertson as saying.

“Duck Dynasty” follows a Louisiana bayou family that has “made a fortune on duck calls,” as A&E describes it.

Season 5 of is set to premiere January 15. According to A&E, its fourth season premiere in August drew nearly 12 million viewers to become the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history.

By Dana Ford

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  • Chelle

    We can give Westboro all the religious freedom one could have. Give them full force media coverage, radio talk shows ect ect. Yet Phil answer a question with an honest answer quoting the Bible and we cut his head off. There is more to the story than what is shown here.

  • Mrt

    Awesome Go! Phil! He is speaking his mind and the truth! They wanted true LA family & they got it! and in my opinion its not just good ole LA family it is a lot of families around this God lovin country!!

  • tediposladek@att.net

    The only thing that is “more to the story” is merely “money”. A&E is afraid advertisers will pull out, or threaten to do so, due to fear of people boycotting their businesses, if it appears they are condoning Phil Robertson’s remarks. They are trying to stay ahead of the story but it’s a no-win situation as many are also feeling their personal rights of expression are being violated. I always find it interesting how an ultra-conservative opinion from a celebrity is usually given so much attention…a single interview in a print magazine? When many liberal entertainers are so vocal on talk shows, stage perfornances, and media circuits voicing their own political and personal opinions, which may offend various segments of society. It’s not as if it was a view which was promoted on the Duck Dynasty program in any way. It’s no real shock. I personally don’t agree with him in any way, but I believe he has a right to his own opinion as I have a right to mine…and the freedom to express it without the fear of monetary or physical reprocussion.

  • Shelly

    He has done nothing wrong but stated his opinion. This is just another step toward the persecution of Bible believing Christians! We will pray for the Robertsons because they are one of the few programs out there that is good for the family.

  • Evangeline

    As someone so aptly put it on FB –

    You can expose a boob during a superbowl game, use God’s name in vain, and show sexual scenes during prime TV…and it’s okay. But let a conservative man who professes to be a Christian express his opinions or beliefs and he’s removed indefinitely from TV! What’s wrong here? What ever happened to simply switching channels if you don’t like what’s on? Or not watching a particular show (Archie Bunker) if you didn’t like the views expressed? Maybe it’s because there are fewer and fewer Christians that stand up or SPEAK up when something is wrong?

  • CA

    He certainly has a right to freedom of speech, but he willingly signed a contract agreeing to be a public “face” of A&E. No one else would be able to go out as a public face of their employer and spout hate-speech without discipline action…why should he?

    A&E isn’t silencing his freedom of speech, they’re simply using their own freedom of speech to say “we don’t agree with his opinion and will not associate ourselves with him anymore”.

  • Joe

    He did not DISCRIMINATE, he simply voiced his opinion. The GLAAD communities are allowed to say whatever they want and push their agenda to the masses. The only thing Polically Correct now is if the left wing extremes approves…

    Hopefully A&E lose their #1 show to another company. I would laugh if the Robertsons decide not to film another show for them and move to CMT or something else.

  • Peggy Porter

    I agree that Phil gave his own opinion in the interview. He did not express those opinions on the air on A&E, with which he had a contract. He didn’t express those comments as the ‘star’ of any program, but as a man. A God fearing AMERICAN man! Anyone who has watched Duck Dynasty should know that it’s not about duck calls, but about FAITH, FAMILY, and FACIAL HAIR!

  • Shawn

    Have the idiots at GQ ever watched the show ? They should know a thing or two about his beliefs/religion. Ask a question, get an answer. What he said wasn’t bad in my opinion, which is what it is, an opinion. I thought we we’re all entitled to one.. As for everyone at Duck Dynasty, tell A&E to screw off !!!

  • Joe

    A&E should drop the show. It doesn’t have any real value anyway and if they want to spew hatred and racism, let them do it on a pay per view channel. As for me, I don’t pay to watch that type of trash.

    • Joe

      Have you even watched the show? Obviously no due to your comment. The show is actually a family show which shows family/religious values. Try researching before you speak… And racism-gues you haven’t seen one of the kids on the show!!

  • Lyn Matthews

    Uncalled for. Focus on the principle here – Americans still have the right to free speech and it doesn’t matter what Phil says anywhere else, he’s entitled to speak as he chooses, just as A&E is entitled to edit the content of the show. All reality shows are subject to the same kind of situation and A&E is setting a precedent here that interferes with our rights as American citizens.

    We will boycott the show until the suspension is over, and we encourage every member of the show to refuse to be taped until he is reinstated.

  • diane espino

    Phil, when God is for you, who can be against you. Remember, God will always bless those who stands for righteousness. Plus vengeance is his. This world is so dark and hollywood is satans play ground, but Duck Dynasty shed a little wholesomeness back into our homes. Even though you may never want to come back to the show, and I for one will miss you, I’d rather pray for your strength to stay true to God. May God bless you and your family abundantly all the days of your lives.


    if you dont like what phil has to say then dont watch the show its that simple. But i will say there are millions of people that love this show and i no for a fact that if they dont let him back on i will put money on it that his family will back him up and not do the show then A&E will lose all of those viewers witch is completely stupid in my opinion.

  • Karen

    It’s quite odvious you people have done absolutely NO research on this subject. Phil did not get suspended for acting on his 1A rights. He was suspended because of his violation to A&E contract, that is the ethics portion of the contract. He is a spokes person for A&E and had an interview with GQ and did not tell A&E about it. A&E is a BIG, BIG, supporter for the LGBT. Nobody, and I mean Nobody has the right to speak their opinion on their beliefs without your bosses knowing about it. It is a violation of the contract he signed. He knowingly and willingly spoke out against his EMPLOYER. This had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with their 1A rights, if it was, all employees would have the right to get their jobs back. This is a legal contract issue. 2 days ago there were websites that stated this issue. These websites have now become convienently closed down. Imagine that! I guess when it comes to the media and ths truth, the truth never sells. Will the lies of media, politics & religion never end. Shame on Americans or should I say the human race for believing EVERYTHING you read . Our society is lost and given in to BS propaganda. There is no truth reporting anymore, just politically correct lies. The saying goes, if it doesn’t make sense it usually isn’t. A major corporation like A&E would never fire someone for their 1A rights. Their not that stupid to put themselves in a no win lawsuit situation It goes way deeper than what your reading people, way deeper. Obviously lies sell, truth on the other hand…?

  • Tyler S

    So if I go up to your 80 year old mother and yell in her face about how she’s worth less than a ten cent prostitute, I guess it’s wrong of you to do anything because hey, I was just voicing my opinion right? If you confront me for me actions, then it seems as though you’re being politically correct, (which most of these comments on here are demonizing). “The man who keeps his tongue, keeps his life”

  • Karen

    Tyler, your the reason this country is soooo f***ked up!! You haven’t got a clue of what humans have earned or what they deserve! You are oblivious. Prove to me your human equality based on todays documented intelligence!

  • Jane Doe

    Nothing has happened to freedom of speech, you can say what ever you like, but for every action, there’s a reaction, so if you say something there’s likely to be a repercussion. So the idiot redneck had it coming, he deserves what he got.