4TH UPDATE, 7:15 PM: The Robertson family is standing firmly behind its patriarch and is willing to pull the plug on the biggest reality show on television. In a strongly worded post on its DuckCommander.com website, the family reacted to A&E Network‘s decision yesterday to suspend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson over his pointed comments about homosexuality and religion in a GQ profile. The Robertsons made it clear that Duck Dynasty would only continue if Phil is in it because “we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.”
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.
3RD UPDATE, 1:30 PM: Conservative special-interest groups wasted no time jumping on board A&E‘s Duck Dynasty disaster train. “Declaring God’s perspective on God’s design for human intimacy has now become a career-ending offense in America,” bemoaned the American Family Association — Donald Wildmon’s group, which puts out a journal that reviews the content of primetime TV shows, based on profanity, sex, violence, homosexuality, substance abuse, “anti-Christian” content, or “political correctness.” Meanwhile, the Parents Television Council took the opportunity to again lobby for a la carte network signup: “No matter your feeling on Mr. Robertson’s comments and A&E subsequent decision to suspend him, there is no doubt that millions of fans of the show are upset with A&E’s decision on this case,” PTC said. “Now imagine if those consumers had the ability to make a free market-based economic decision to no longer subscribe to A&E today. In a free market, consumers can ‘vote with their wallets’ rather than have to resort to postings on social media to make their feelings known. Conversely, in a free market, those who agree with A&E’s decision could actively seek out more of their programming and pay for it.”