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Duck Dynasty Family Releases Statement, Stands Behind Phil Robertson

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Might this be it for the highest-rated reality show in television history?

In light of Phil Robertson being suspended for making anti-gay comments to GQ, the star's family has rallied around their patriarch and issued the following statement on its website:

"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."

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The statement went on to describe Phil as "a Godly man who "would never incite or encourage hate."

The relatives then addressed the show's future:

"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.“

Duck Dynasty Season 5 kicks off on January 15, with many now wondering if Phil's comments will affect the program's massive popularity.

Will you now be less likely to watch Duck Dynasty online or on TV?

And sound off below: Should Phil Robertson have been suspended for his remarks?

 

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Get the hell over it A&E and anyone bothered by his opinion.. U folks need to remember that celebrities are humans too... Everyone is entitled to there own opinion..we have more important things to worry about..

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Can Christians express their opinions like Gay people do? Gays are plastered in their lifestyles all over television to be funny when in reality it is sad..sad that this is supposed to be funny when it is so Not normal.Showing people it is OK to be this way is wrong.So if this can happen why cant Christians express the truth of What the Bible says about the homosexual lifestyle.
God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve..so we could be fruitful and multiply as God intended. So not fair that A&E wants yo snuff out God when God can snuff out the whole station for good.

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Palin is right..one should be able to express their opinion. Sarah Palin is a money whore and will f##k anybody to get what she wants..EXCEPT her husband. She'd rather screw his friends. She is a perfect example of a true "legend in her own mind"

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I support gay rights. I think Phil should still be able to speak his mind though. He has his way and others have their way. That shouldn't stop people from loving the show and let the show be the way we love it. If he's against gays then that's his decision and his beliefs.

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I think it's sad we can't voice our opinion as American. Why is it OK for gays to voice there opinion but others do so it's a problem .God didn't make us dat way it's a life style they choose life is choices .

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I applaud Phil for speaking his mind. All I can say is--People, read your Bibles! The truth hurts!

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@ katy

There are 602-611 commandments in the old testament..would you please quote the one on homosexual beliefs keeping in mind the word didn't even exist. It's an abomination for a man to have sex with a man as he does a woman...so if you do it doggy style it's OK.

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It is suprising there has not been for filtering of the program in the past . he seems to be a quiet man on the show on the halloween show he looked like he wanted to say something but did not. he is allowed his opinion

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