Phil Robertson Suspended From Duck Dynasty Following Anti-Gay Comments
It looks like Phil Robertson is going to be a sitting duck when it's time to film new episodes of A&E's Duck Dynasty.
The network released a statement to Us Weekly following the 67-year-old's controversial GQ interview in which he made several anti-gay comments.
“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. 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.”
The Louisiana-based entrepreneur has been suspended from the popular reality series, but his family will continue filming without him.
Robertson's candid interview with GQ raised eyebrows with offensive comments like, "Everything is blurred in what's right and wrong. Sin becomes fine. 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."
The Robertson family patriarch has appeared on Duck Dynasty since its 2012 premiere.
Robertson released a statement via A&E on Dec. 18 saying, "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."