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'Duck Dynasty'

Family Says ...

We Won't Do the Show Without Phil

12/20/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Robertson family just drew a line in the sand with A&E -- NO PHIL, NO SHOW ... and says they are already talking to the cable channel about possibly pulling the plug on "Duck Dynasty."

The family issued a statement saying, "As a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of 'Duck Dynasty.'"

They also say they're "disappointed" that Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E just for expressing his religious beliefs ... which, they point out, is his "constitutionally protected right."

Fun fact: "Duck Dynasty" is the highest rated cable reality TV show ever.

Way to go A&E.

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We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
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BruinsChick    

Family stick together no matter what

305 days ago
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urnexx    

Family first! Stick to your guns boys!

305 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

a&e will not cancel the $how. Sorry fudge packing bullies

305 days ago
4.

Cool Papa    

Good riddance.

305 days ago
5.

static    

Haha up yours A&E!

305 days ago
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abby    

Good . . . I didn't like your show to begin with.

305 days ago
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Unbroken Chain    

Those people are a tv show?? Wow. Honey boo boo extended family. Why America's fascination with white trash? Honey boo, these guys, kardashians, it's weird. Maybe the novelty?

305 days ago
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Sharpy, the sailor man    

I support the Robertson's. I may not agree with what he said, but everyone has the right to free speech. F#@k A&E. Hope they take their show to another channel, I will follow.

305 days ago
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BruinsChick    

Find another company and make them money... Fox, NBC, USA, CBS, ABC, DISCOVERY, E, do I need to explain more....

305 days ago
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Jaygeo    

Good for them, I support them 100%

305 days ago
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Sara    

There, their, they're, TMZ. Learn the difference.

305 days ago
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Moe Greene    

Good for them.

305 days ago
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misty rose    

Yes I disagree on what was said yes do I feel it was wrong to take him out of the show yes he has a right to his Believes I love the show and I if the family says quit well so be it they are right the show can't go on with him

305 days ago
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GTO    

God Bless You. Blood is thicker then water. 1st the liberal media wants to take away our guns, now they want to take away our freedom of speech. Shame on them. You'll have no problem being picked up by another network.

305 days ago
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M    

Highest rated or not, reality shows are still a dime a dozen, and cost a network practically nothing to produce. One goes and two more pop up in it's place.

305 days ago
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