A&E drops suspension of ‘Duck Dynasty’ star; shooting to resume in spring

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A&E has backed off its suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for anti-gay comments he made in a magazine interview, The Wrap is reporting.

Shooting on the popular show will resume in the spring, with Robertson back at work, sources said. The new season will be accompanied by a series of public service announcements “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people,” A&E said.

Robertson was suspended after he compared homosexual behavior to bestiality and polygamy in a GQ interview. In the same interview, he said he thought African-Americans in the South were happy before the civil rights movement.

The decision to suspend Robertson attracted a major backlash. His family, who costar with him in the reality show about their lives, have rallied around their patriarch, as have those who took Cracker Barrel to task for removing “Duck Dynasty” merchandise from its shelves. The restaurant chain quickly reversed its decision after complaints.

His punishment also became a cause celebre for conservative figures such as Sarah Palin.

Now, A&E may face yet more pushback from gay rights supporters.

CNN contributed to this report.

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