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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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16.

Change    

PUBLICITY STUNT!!! He'll be back like the dog on family guy.

225 days ago
17.

chicago_animal     

Who watches this crap?

225 days ago
18.

DirkDiggler    

Boo yah!

225 days ago
19.

Smackrunner    

That a baby that's what should've been said since the first second A&E took that stance . There a family and they should stick together and I agree they should take there show somewhere else. Let A&E suck on that I'm sure there used to that anyways considering the stance they took

225 days ago
20.

gold    

Love the show and would be sad to see it cancelled. He did nothing wrong at all.

225 days ago
21.

Fat Jesus    

Good. Hate that show.

225 days ago
22.

Bodie    

And all your fans are behind you 100%. Hey Phil, Alan was right about an uprising!

225 days ago
23.

RatedRReanna    

Bye bye :)

225 days ago
24.

blk3043    

That's what happens when you mess with GOD's people.

225 days ago
25.

writenow    

Not free speech when it's commercial speech.
Also, it seems the Robertson's have gone Hollywood.

Buh-bye.

225 days ago
26.

barb    

They should just go to another network. One that actually still believes in the First Amendment.

225 days ago
27.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

WOOT WOOT!!!

225 days ago
28.

barb    

By the way...as someone who still champions the First Amendment, I will boycott (and encourage others to do so) A&E.

225 days ago
29.

fckupd    

I dont get why gays get so offended? Everyone has to except there lifestyle and say nothing negative about them ever or else? Look shemen and guychicks, what you do is not the norm of society and if someone expresses there opinion that you find negative dont pull a Spike Lee and call for beheadings. Get over It.

225 days ago
30.

Belizeanborn    

Good for them!! That is their father & they have the highest rated reality show on TV & if a&e don't put Phil back, I am sure there are so many other stations waiting with bated breathe to take the show. So in the end, a&e and all you others can kiss where the sun don't shine (harvey)

225 days ago
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