LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network said.

A&E announced Wednesday what it called a “hiatus” for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson’s anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel’s move was lauded by the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson’s comments.

“What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. Robertson’s removal “has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value.”

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by “Duck Dynasty,” which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series. Several family members appeared in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.

In his GQ interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” such as bestiality, he said.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson and his family had no comment on his hiatus, A&E said on their behalf. He may be in some previously taped scenes when the show returns Jan. 15 for its fifth season, a network spokesman said.

Robertson did respond to initial criticism of his GQ remarks.

“I myself am a product of the ’60s” who indulged in sex and drugs until hitting bottom and accepting Jesus as his savior, he said in a statement. Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he “would never treat anyone with disrespect” because they are different.

In the interview, he also said that in his Louisiana youth he picked cotton with African-Americans and never saw “the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.”

“We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!” Robertson told the magazine.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.

5 thoughts on “Phil Robertson Off ‘Duck Dynasty’ After Gay Comments

  1. Here we go again, the Limbaugh, Hannity, the Fox garbage on the couch and all of the neighborhood racist disrespected the President of the US since he has been elected including calling him a communist, Marxist, depicting him in African type dress with a bone through his nose, not an American, he hates white people and he only want to keep black folks depended on hand outs, yet you hear no outrage however, if anyone express any dislike for the life style of the GLBT folks or what I would call the privilege people, the world must immediately come to halt and a demand that one accept their life style, too hell with ones belief, immediate apology is demanded and one is label homophobic for life. Only in perverted America, the privilege people strike again. Go figure.

  2. This article is well written. I love the entire cast and just watched reruns last night! Phil is only speaking from his point of view and his generational upbringing. He is saying what most whites from his generation are thinking and some of these same whites are in congress right now and are too scared to say what he has for fear of losing money! If they had no fear of losing money they’d be saying the same thing! Phil is old school and we all know old folks say whatever the heck they want to, WHEN they want to!! If he should be fired, or if the show should be removed from TV, then PLEASE remove all these satanic zombie, witchcraft devil shows from TV too! American folks seem to have no issue w/ these type of shows when the bible clearly speaks against witchcraft, but they get all upset when a family prays together on TV. This is the not the first time the network has come against Phil in the gang…the first time was b/c they PRAYED too much! SERIOUSLY! The way our country is headed, seeing prayer on TV should be promoted, not shun! This country is so backward!

  3. Susan Moore on said:

    Right, wrong or indifferent, we all reserve the right to feel and say what we want. This is one element that makes the world go around. And, if you read what he actually said, without all of the editing to get a response, he makes sense. None of us would have a job if our employers or peers knew what we really thought about certain situations. Another trick of the devil.

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