‘Duck Dynasty’ star suspended for anti-gay remarks

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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.”

“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. Its fourth season premiere in August drew nearly 12 million viewers to become the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history, according to A&E.

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29 comments

  • mario

    America. Where you can speak you mind no longer. If I were his family. I would be saying that if you suspend him, you suspend all of us. Myself, I don’t think I’l be watching A&E any longer.

  • Jeannette Major

    He was asked questions! Everybody knows he’s going to answer them! Our rights to speak our minds freely should not be violated!

  • Dustin

    I will continue to purshase their merchandise and support them. I am not religious by any means, but I took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America against enemies, both foriegn and domestic. A&E is the domestic version. Read the 1st Amendment, then re-think your actions.

  • dapandico

    Individual beliefs are verboten, Comrades. What did the so called question have to do with duck calls and hunting? He was setup after he was a no show for a Baba WaaWaa interview.

  • Vaughn

    The problem with A&E and any who have a problem with what Mr. Robertson said has nothing to do with him. What they do have is a problem with God saying it. I have news for you. You cannot suspend God. Read Romans 1 until your heart is content. If you choose not to believe in our creator and what has been given to us in the Bible then I am cool with that. It is your choice just as it is Mr. Robertson’s choice to believe what he does.

  • Mike

    Alec Baldwin made his comments- Silence
    MSNBC Host made his comments- Silence.
    Free Speech is for EVERYBODY- You have the right to be offended!
    Now run along and be offended,moan,wail,and cry.
    These groups and their sensitivity has gotten old and tired.

  • Trudy D

    Don’t put on shows if you’re not going to allow people to be themselves – it’s not like he made ANY type of threat on anyone – he expressed his OWN BELIEFS!!! Put your big girl/big boy panties on and get over it!! A&E fired him because apparently one of THEIR supporters is closely tied to LGBT which is an organization I totally support BUT this is ridiculous. If I got offended every time someone expressed their beliefs because I’m an older single mother of hispanic descent” I’d be pissed off all the time…seriously there are REAL issues in this world and this ISN’T one of them!

  • Deborah Schlobohm Sampson

    He probably signed a contract agreeing to limitations on his comments. It’s not unusual in these reality shows and it probably violated his contract when he made those comments to GQ. Not a 1st amendment thing if you agree to limit those rights in a contract you sign in exchange for the big bucks.

  • Anony

    Americans can say anything we want but we have to know there are consequences for the hurtful things we say. I’m sure he signed a contract saying he would not say things like that when they first started the show. I know I would get fired from my job for saying racist/homophobic remarks.

  • arrex

    Freedom of speech will not give you freedom of consequence. The company was expressing its freedom of speech by firing him. He made a statement out of contract and the company is in its right to fire him.

  • claudia

    He quoted the bible verses I will not knock him we try n change things to make our sins ok just because times are changing doesnt mean the good book does sorry

  • Linda

    Why must the minority rule the majority? Pretty soon no one can say anything about anything. There goes out freedom of speech.

  • Renee

    I don’t like the way story was told the news or issue here is that the man is entitled to his opinion and A&e shouldn’t of suspended him foe it I will not be watching A&e till Phil back. Also the person that gave his opinion missed the point this is not about change this is about freedom of speech whicn is slowly being taken away.

  • Greg Jegstrup

    Everyone has a right to their opinion in this country. And, if he was an unknown duck hunter, no one would ever hear his opinion, but he is the face of a show owned by A&E, and they have expectations from people that effect their bottom line.
    When you sell yourself to the company, you do what the company tells you.

  • Ima Starvin

    So let me get this straight. Its celebrated to say, “I can see where a man would prefer another man’s a nus over a woman’s v agina.” But its hate speech to say, “I can’t understand why a man would prefer another man’s a nus over a woman’s v agina.” hmmm.. what are we in LGBT N azi USA now? Seriously! Free speech opinion is not a constitutional right? What is so dang anti-g ay about saying a v agina is better than an a nus?

  • jim

    PLEASE; Get this GARBAGE,So-called fake reality SHOWS OFF MY TV. To the PRODUCERS OF THIS GARBAGE. STOP IT. YOU ARE FIRED. The spoiled over paid children, so let’s pay them more. WHEN MOST OF AMERICA CAN’T GET A GOOD PAYING JOB. AND THESE IDIOT’S GET TO MAKE MORE MONEY ON SOMETHING, NO-BODY I KNOW EVEN WATCHES THIS STUPED GARBAGE. GET THEM ALL OFF MY TV.!!!!!

  • jim

    PLEASE; Get this GARBAGE,So-called fake reality SHOWS OFF MY TV. To the PRODUCERS OF THIS GARBAGE. STOP IT. YOU ARE FIRED. The spoiled over paid children, so let’s pay them more. WHEN MOST OF AMERICA CAN’T GET A GOOD PAYING JOB. AND THESE IDIOT’S GET TO MAKE MORE MONEY ON SOMETHING, NO-BODY I KNOW EVEN WATCHES THIS STUPID GARBAGE. GET THEM ALL OFF MY TV.!!!!!

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