One day after Phil Robertson was indefinitely suspended from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” for comments he made regarding homosexuality in GQ, the Robertson family has released a statement that casts some doubt on the future of the hit show.
The family admits that Robertson’s choice of words were “coarse,” but that expressing his faith is a constitutionally protected right. The complete statement is below:
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.
A&E now faces an interesting dilemma. The Season 4 premiere of “Duck Dynasty” garnered 11.8 million viewers, making is the highest-rated nonfiction telecast in cable TV history. Season 5 is currently scheduled to premiere on Jan. 15.