TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

'Duck Dynasty'

Family Says ...

We Won't Do the Show Without Phil

12/20/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1219-robertson-duck-dynasty

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.

1219_duck_dynasty_family_photos_footer_v3

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.
1276 COMMENTS

No Avatar
136.

ImSoReal    

Bahhhaaaaa!!! A&E Really messed this one up! $$$$$$$$$$ Is goin to another network.

277 days ago
137.

ltwbat@comcast.net    

Good-Bye....don't let the door hit you in the ass...lol

277 days ago
138.

scoopie    

A&E is playing God with these guys, judging them about something said which was not connected whatsoever with the show. Now, if they said it while on the air, that's a different story. People have the right to state an opinion; we can then choose to watch/patronize/listen or not. The gay community doesn't rule the planet. No one here does.

277 days ago
139.

Miara    

Good riddance....Another one bites the dust. The less reality shows there are....is a step in the right direction.

277 days ago
140.

J    

I know gays who don't believe in gay marriage.. Dies that make them homophobic? Of course not, they are gays with opinions about gays just like straight ppl have opinions about gays. All this fear mongering is ridiculous

277 days ago
141.

Linda    

It appears that the Robertson family interprets the Constitution as poorly as it does the Bible. The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech." If that's too complicated, it means the Constitution protects him from being arrested for expressing his ignorant beliefs, but not from being fired if those beliefs conflict with his employer's. This explains why SO many idiots think our Constitution is constantly being violated--they have no idea what’s in it.

277 days ago
142.

cajuncreole    

You are about to witness one of the quickest backtrackings ever done by a Network.

277 days ago
143.

J    

He had a right to say what he wanted but there is a social responsibility when you are given a certain public platform such as a cable network channel

277 days ago
144.

Truth    

HA HA HA I TOLD YOU YESTERDAY this would be another big liberal bully fail.

277 days ago
145.

Kadaj    

I'm gay and couldn't care less what he thinks.

Jesus, why do gay people think everyone has to like us? Get over it. He has a right to the way he feels. Even if I think he may be a bigot, so what. We really need to stop thinking that everyone has to accept us because they don't. As long as people leave me alone, everything is fine.

277 days ago
146.

jay26mc    

I would agree with A&E if he said anything negative but he didn't. All he said was that he didn't understand it and his personal religious beliefs are that it is a sin. It's ridiculous to punish someone for not agreeing with homosexuality especially when their opinion comes from their religious belief. You also can't force everyone to believe the same thing. If he had said anything derogatory that would be different, but that's not the case.

277 days ago
147.

LA-Guy    

You are disgusting. And you probably think you are a Christian.

277 days ago
148.

Jim    

Duck Dynasty is highly rated because everyone is watching it and LAUGHING at the fools.

277 days ago
149.

samm    

GO PHiL!!! AMEN!!

277 days ago
150.

LA-Guy    

Good riddance.

277 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web