The A&E Networks headquarters has received death threats after its decision to suspend "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson for statements that he made in a GQ interview about homosexuals and black people.
According to Deadline.com, the A&E Networks office in New York City had to increase its security following a wave of death threats triggered by the suspension of Robertson from the show.
In the GQ interview, Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality, made a graphic comparison between anal and vaginal sex, and claimed that black people were "happy and singing" back in the days of Jim Crow laws.
Robertson also took shots at the Japanese and Muslims:
All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.
The Robertson family released a statement yesterday that strongly implied they would not do a fifth season (the fourth season has completed shooting) without the outspoken patriarch:
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.