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'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Slams Gays, Suspended From TV Show by A&E

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'Duck Dynasty' reality TV star Phil Robertson recently explained his graphic opinions about homosexuality to GQ Magazine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robertson has been placed on "indefinite hiatus" by A&E, which airs "Duck Dynasty."

"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," A&E said in a statement.

"His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community," added A&E. "The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

"It seems like, to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus," Robertson told GQ.

He also compared homosexuality to sex with animals.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," stated Robertson. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

The reality star then likened gay people to terrorists: "We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Robertson's statements were condemned as "vile and extreme stereotypes" by the pro-LGBT organization GLAAD.

According to MediaMatters.org, Fox News reporter Todd Starnes rushed to Robertson's defense on Twitter and called his critics "intolerant anti-Christian haters" and "anti-straight groups."

Starnes did not state specifically who was an "anti-Christian hater" or an "anti-straight group."

Also defending Robertson on Twitter was the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer:

Phil Robertson is a new American hero. He said exactly what the great majority of Americans believe. Phil Robertson is right. It’s a simple matter of plumbing. Easy to figure out what is supposed to go where. And where not.

For his part, Robertson told Fox News: "I myself am a product of the '60s. I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

"However, 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," added Robertson.

Sources: Fox News, Twitter, MediaMatters.org, GQ, The Hollywood Reporter

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