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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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lmr    

this is so annoying constitutional rights are rights to protect you from the GOVERNMENT!! Not private individuals or your boss-if I search your bag I did not violate your 4th amendment right, if I kick you out of my home for cursing I did not violate your 1st amendment right. The point is there are no constitutional rights issue here-this is a matter of contract law. At least argue the issue correctly!

308 days ago
47.

JP    

GLAAD is the biggest bullying organization of all time. You don`t agree with them they attack you with all cylinders. Ironic for an organization that started out becuase they were being bullied?

308 days ago
48.

DirkDiggler    

Phil is this generation's Jed Clampett

308 days ago
49.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Pull the plug, A&E. I'm sure you can find some other freaks to fill the space.

308 days ago
50.

liz    

A&E better take note...they are going to slit their own throat...tired of the p.c. bull$#!+!!!

308 days ago
51.

writenow    

Hey!

Why does Uncle Sinha eh his hands on Miss Kay I that picture?

Is there something funny going on? Is there is a "Brotherly Love" kind of thing going on? It is the South you know.

(Just kidding. She's the best.)

308 days ago
52.

Michaelnoaka    

Three cheers for standing up to the fascist pc police. Freedom is not a gift, you have to fight for it otherwise you lose it.

308 days ago
53.

★★★★ Lindsay Speaks The Truth ★★★★    

GOOD FOR YOU!


ONLY 1.7 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE GAY...PISS ON THEM!


SO SICK OF THE GAY BULLIES
"1.7 PERCENT" Pfffft.
MORE PEOPLE SHOULD STAND
UP TO THEM!

308 days ago
54.

whitepower    

Glad to hear good riddance. All are racists homophobic Klan.

308 days ago
55.

Jamntam    

Happy happy happy! Way to go Robertson Family! I hope another network picks you up and A & E goes down!

308 days ago
56.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Explicit talk about anal sex is not a religious belief. Good riddance, take all the other "reality" garbage with you.

308 days ago
57.

JA    

Never watch this show, and not planning to, but I admire them for sticking together. One thing about this whole outrageous blurp, is now I know who and what is the 'Duck Dynasty' is.

308 days ago
58.

Viking85    

Good for the family.

308 days ago
59.

buggaz    

Stand up to modern liberal gestapo thought police!!

308 days ago
60.

bs corrector    

Could care less

308 days ago
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