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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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601.

myrna    

Stay Strong.....Your show is as Real as it comes, Even with all the money from your business that took a lot of blood,sweat and tears to build. Your family is still intact. you teach the children good morals and work ethics. and your belief in God is what got your Family the way they are. God bless You and yours. I support your family on thier decision. and i am done with A&E.

275 days ago
602.

Duckfamilyrocks    

It's his belief and opinion that's what we are entitled to its in the bible also the constitution 1 amendment states you as a American have a right of freedom of speech,religion hello does his rig a bell he's his stating a belief and they asked the question so didn't matter this is kinda how are country was built on so don't kick him off for his belief if you do that's unconstitutional and A&E I'm sure if they cancel he show they will lose a ton of views and I'm 100% sure that another company or channel would take them in a heartbeat and we'll watch that channel so A&E make the right choice

275 days ago
603.

JacquieSB    

OMG!....Really?. It's just very stupid "REALity" show...like all dumb shows like it...
Let A&E can it, the world will not stop because of it, and the sad thing is...there will another one just as moronic if not worse just waiting to take it's place.
So tired of all this "Dumbing down" of nation...go outside people...read a book....write a story...live!

275 days ago
604.

oops    

I say take the show to TLC they seem to appreciate Christians more just look at the duggars.

275 days ago
605.

patty    

Last I heard this is a free country. I'm not bowing down and rolling out the red carpet for gays even though they think they should be worshiped by the world. Homosexuals have free speech why shouldn't everyone else.

275 days ago
606.

jovan lucarelli    

the majority of people believe in a man & women relationship--it is only natural--if it wasn't for gay peoples parents--they wouldn't be here--it's called procreation--which they can only do with help from other people

275 days ago
607.

Vonville    

They will just take it to another network. I see Fox picking it up.

275 days ago
608.

anonymous     

I love how when us christians start voicing truths THAT ARE FROM THE BIBLE ...we are all of a sudden judging and offending people but if you are not offending anybody you aren't giving them the truth and if you are offended change your ways and it won't offend you anymore Jesus saves and he wants to save you and you need to know what your doing premarital sex getting drunk cursing gossip if you wouldn't say it in front of Jesus don't say it at all if you wouldt do something in front of your mom dad grandparents whoever you respect the most don't do it and you will be alright AFTER your repent and accept Christ as your saviour!!

275 days ago
609.

Kiashe33    

Phil hit a nerve Truth Hurts give the man a break freedom of speech !!! Just like gays want the freedom to be accepted the freedom to be married and treated equally this man is being ridiculed Bc he chooses not to agree with a life style Wow buts it's ok for gays to flaunt around on tv in women clothes and kids and have sex scenes on national tv really get it together

275 days ago
610.

Pete    

way to go A&E? looks like TMZ is siding with DD on this one....wow, what a self hating gay Harvey Levin, the managing editor and I believe creator of TMZ must be....didn't see that one coming...

275 days ago
611.

LONDONBACH    

Homosexuality is not a definition of who you are; it is a description of something you do.

275 days ago
612.

trussme    

Really? Are we still comparing being gay (having a sexual preference) to races of African-American and Jewish people? The Bible says that same truth this man spoke of about sexual immorality. This has nothing to do with race being a sin. It is what it is, yet you're punished if you say it out loud. What about those of us that don't want your sexual preferences thrown in their face? Nowadays you can barely find TV shows that doesn't have this type of behavior going on. If most of us have to deal with this perversion in our faces daily, then deal with our freedom to talk about it as we feel.

275 days ago
613.

Umadbro?!?!    

I never seen the show ..but he has his views and other have theirs..they cant punish him for what he believe in...not everybody got the same point of view

275 days ago
614.

heather     

I support everyone's right to free speech......but when practicing our Right to Free Speech people should also take into consideration the feelings and views of others ......which obviously a lot of people don't.

275 days ago
615.

eCharleen    

I hope the Robertson family turns its back on the world and continues to pursue Jesus.

275 days ago
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