'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson suspended by A&E after anti-gay comments
Following the outrage over his inflammatory comments in the January issue of GQ regarding homosexuals, A&E Networks has put the "Duck Dynasty" star on an indefinite hiatus from the hit series.
"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 group said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec. 18). "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."
This can't have been an easy decision for the network to make, considering the Season 4 premiere of "Duck Dynasty" remains the No. 1-rated non-fiction series telecast in cable TV history.
After Robertson's comments made headlines early Wednesday, GLAAD quickly responded with a statement chiding the reality TV star. Robertson responded in turn with a statement of his own to FOX411, attempting to downplay his comments. It didn't seem to have worked.
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