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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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31.

Vole    

"THEIR" disappointed. Nice, o 'journalist.'

217 days ago
32.

tessa    

Funny how those who ask for tolerance are the least tolerant of all.

The mans got a right yo his opinion and everyone gas he right to choose which TV programs they watch. This BS from GLAAD does more to reinforce negative stereotypes than anything a Shute man can say.

100% Team Robertson.

217 days ago
33.

AnnaCorral    

OK BYE!

Ur supporting a family member- and in return there are repercussions. Thanks for the entertainment in a moment of my life.

217 days ago
34.

Sharon    

He only stated his views as so many gays and lesbians do only a daily basis. When did talking about a persons personal preferences become offensive ?

217 days ago
35.

w124trs    

Family that prays together stick together good for you guys stand by him!!!!

217 days ago
36.

thedash    

Good. So now they can live in their bubble circa 1918 and not be bothered or censored. How can this be the highest rated reality show?

217 days ago
37.

Ken Adams    

People preach tolerance of the views/lifestyles of others but get upset when others don't agree.....interesting

217 days ago
38.

KenzieQ    

People need to educate themselves about the First Amendment. That is all.

217 days ago
39.

CubanB    

A&E Should make him shave his beard to be back on the show!

217 days ago
40.

Mike    

There's plenty of cable channels on my TV. I'm sure Phil Robertson can tell A&E to kiss his man ass and go to another TV network. Maybe Discovery channel.

I think rock star Ted Nugent used to have a show on that channel. As long as the Robertsons aren't glamorizing assault rifles and encouraging gun fanatics out there they might could go to that channel. America has big problems with gun violence and mass shootings if you haven't noticed.

217 days ago
41.

Laura    

Robertson clan better get their lawyers over their contracts! I would not be surprised if A & E sues the family (Phil not included)back to filming!

217 days ago
42.

Toomz    

*THEY'RE

217 days ago
43.

Lebowski    

Way to go A&E? You TMZ losers were criticizing Phil yesterday and today you've done a 180 and are criticizing A&E? WTF???

217 days ago
44.

Taters    

These hicks made every jackass in town ask me if I watch this show jus cuz I got long beard...... biches

217 days ago
45.

Belizeanborn    

#I support Phil Robertson!!!

217 days ago
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