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'Duck Dynasty' Star

Suspended Indefinitely

Over Homophobic Comments

12/19/2013 8:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY by A&E after a series of homophobic comments he made in a recent GQ interview.

A rep for A&E released a statement, saying, "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 rep added, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community."

A&E has suspended him indefinitely from the show. The rest of the "Duck Dynasty" family is expected to remain on the show.

As we reported, Phil told GQ about how a vagina is more desirable than a man's anus, and how homosexuality and bestiality are the same sin.

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16.

Gretel    

I think the guy is an assh0le (no pun) but since when is A&E (Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Rodeo Girls, Hoarders, Dog the Bounty Hunter, etc.) the paragon of propriety? He said what he said, ad that's his right. If A&E is so incensed by his opinions, why not just put a disclaimer at the beginning of the show that his opinions do not reflect those of the channel?

272 days ago
17.

nandreah    

although I couldn't disagree more with the statements he made...I feel everyone deserves the freedom to express their beliefs. People getting fired over being honest about what they believe...where's the freedom in that? As wrong as I feel his beliefs are, I respect his right to express them! He wasn't making terrorist threats or speaking of harming anyone, he was just sharing his view on homosexuality ...come on now...you should be allowed to convey the way you feel about something. Like I said I may be offended but I respect his right to be honest about what he believes in

272 days ago
18.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

You can have "freedom of speech" all day long. "Freedom of speech" is not some dictate that allows you to speak without consequences. This man can still say anything he wants and A&E can respond. He probably has violated his contact.

272 days ago
19.

elena    

Phil would rather be "suspended" forever than not state his beliefs. What he said was not homophobic, it was his religious opinion. A & E has to right away suspend him, or all the queers will have a bitch fit like usual.

272 days ago
20.

sinner    

Freedom for Phil!!!

272 days ago
21.

Yurra Knutz    

One of the fundamental aspects of freedom is to be able yo say what you really feel you want to say.

Not the principle of agree with me or else.

Censorship solutions never truly work . Never.

Say what you will... DAGNABBIT!!!

272 days ago
22.

BarryWillyums420    

I don't understand why ***gots are such sensitive little bitches.

272 days ago
23.

Phishie from Philly    

F U A&E!
I guess they don't care about freedom of speech. It doesn't matter if you agree or not. Everyone has the right to it. It's UNAMERICAN what A&E is doing. Again! We have the right as an American to have freedom of speech. You can't customize it to your likens. It doesn't work that way.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH BI.TCHES!!
..

272 days ago
24.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Are you guys the same people that keep saying people get offended too much? Some of you sound really offended that A&E cares about their business reputation.

272 days ago
25.

Aarin    

Once you say something that hurts the image of the company paying you your out.

You may have the freedom of speech but they have the freedom to sack you.

Just how it works.

272 days ago
26.

BB not bb    

The man is very crass but the logic of what he says is there. It is like saying if you eat rocks or you eat sand, it is the same stupidity. It is using a bodily function outside the realm of its intended purpose.

272 days ago
27.

Mr Rod    

Homosexuals need mental help, they should stay in the closet!

272 days ago
28.

SweetVixen    

FREEDOM OF SPEECH MY ASS!

272 days ago
29.

roll3567    

I think everyone is entited to their opinion, but sometimes there is a price to pay. For speaking your mind. I wonder how tolerant he would be if someone said something against his beliefs? Somehow I think not so much.

272 days ago
30.

Ashlyn1234    

Good it's a stupid ass show anyways.

272 days ago
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