The A&E television network has suspended bearded “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson “indefinitely” following his inflammatory anti-gay comments in a recent GQ interview.
“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 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. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
According to GQ, “Duck Dynasty” has 14 million “fervent disciples.” The reality show centers around a family in the Louisiana backwater who equally love Jesus and shooting fowl.
Robertson expressed his perplexity that men would find homosexual sex more appealing than heterosexual.
“That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” the gun-toting patriarch said.
Robertson attempted to backpedal after his comments came to light. He said in a statement to Fox411 that he had “hit rock bottom” from a freewheeling, sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle before he accepted Jesus into his life.
“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.”
Robertson told GQ interviewers that while the show has provided him with a platform to air his Jesus-loving beliefs, he’d like to be able to say more “controversial” things that the network would air out.
Be careful what you wish for.