Duck Dynasty star suspended over comments about homosexuality

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Updated: 12/19/2013 11:44 am Published: 12/19/2013 10:36 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview.

In a statement Wednesday, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in GQ magazine.

His beliefs are personal and don't reflect the views of A&E or the show itself, the channel said.

Robertson has been placed on an indefinite hiatus from filming the hit reality show, which follows a colorful Louisiana family that manufactures duck calls. "Duck Dynasty" has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series.

In the interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson put gays into the company of others who are sinners, including adulterers, swindlers and terrorists.

Congressman Markwayne Mullin made the following statement about the issue:

“America is currently witnessing a contradiction in its core principles. The fundamentals that founded our great nation included the freedom of speech and religion. Unfortunately a man who simply voiced his religious belief, which is protected by our constitution, is now being punished. The Robertson family is standing up for what they believe, and our fundamental, core principles of this nation clearly protect them. I support their rights and their view of traditional marriage that is between a man and a woman.”

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MommaMia - 12/20/2013 8:24 PM
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I have to agree with ttown and kaiteebug. And while I personally don't watch it, think it's stupid all you want, it's making millions, hand over fist. lol How's that for stupid? I say we all ban A&E. I believe I'll call Dish Network and tell them to block it from my television now. If people are not allowed to voice their opinions, THAT offends me!

Mayor Maynot - 12/20/2013 11:01 AM
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KarlDerschneide1 #8 ^]] I guess that you watched it then. Just based on their costumes I'd never watch it.

karlschneider - 12/19/2013 9:41 PM
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I am having a really hard time imagining there are enough knuckledragging, mouthbreathing inbred trailer trash households with electricity and televisions to actually make this "show" even marginally popular. Scary, people...real scary.

Big Unit - 12/19/2013 7:06 PM
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If God created Adam & Eve and then they populated the Earth, who did they have sex with? It must have been father & daughter, mother & son, and brother & sister. Again with Noah; the only ones on the ark were Noah's family and they had to repopulate the Earth. Again, who did they have sex with? It must have been father & daughter, mother & son, and brother & sister. I guess God must be all right with incest.

t town253 - 12/19/2013 2:44 PM
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Kaiteebug I totally agree. I am about disgusted with this crying over dumb stuff. People cant say merry christmas or happy holidays without offending someone. Put your big girl panties on and suck it up and just be happy for who YOU are. Only reason people are fussing and offended so much is because they are unhappy with who they are and what they believe and have to PROVE A POINT in order to prove themselves. Knock it off with all this "Im offended" crap and be confident and content in who you are instead of crying for the world to validate you.

howIseeit - 12/19/2013 1:31 PM
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A&E (Adam and Eve) should change to A&S (Adam and Steve)

scutiny60 - 12/19/2013 12:19 PM
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Here's my opinion. Duck Dynasty is a stupid, silly TV show.

Kaiteebug - 12/19/2013 11:01 AM
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I get so sick and tired of certain people whining over someone voicing their opinion. It is just that, an OPINION and they have a right to VOICE IT whether you like it or not. Why is it ok for those certain people to voice their opinions and beliefs without getting any backlash? Well that OFFENDS ME!!!! People need to get over themselves, the world does not revolve around you!!!
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