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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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631.

Helloz123    

This may be the biggest financial blunder of all time.. Espn pays 1.8 Billion a year for the rights to Monday Night Football which gets about the equivalent number of viewers.. not to mention the 400 million a year in merchandise they were getting a portion of..

223 days ago
632.

Woot    

AAAACK!! Backwoods people replying here! The kind who see education as a negative! *LOL*
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You know, I'm just relieved that our country is evolving and that the old time nastiness of yore is dying off. Obama was an undeniable signal (TWICE!) that America is finally ready to become a truly diverse nation, ready to accept and love people from all walks of life without judgement (you know....exactly how this Jesus person that they're always touting preached, but who they couldn't follow if their lives depended on it). Oh, the irony!

223 days ago
633.

Chatty    

Freedom of speech

223 days ago
634.

emtw    

Nothing that Phil said was rude our derogatory in any way...and there is nothing wrong with practicing christianity. Those are his and his families believes and he expressed them with taste..more

223 days ago
635.

kels    

Good! See ya later then,
Bye!

223 days ago
636.

Raysis Biggitt    

We need to accept the gay. They run this world along with us dominant whites! Yeeeeeehaaaaaa!

222 days ago
637.

Deb Weber    

I will stand by this God fearing family.....where is our free speech? A&E and some of there sponsors are wrong, I would like to know who those sponsors are....I would buy there product, and tell all my friend and family to do the same!

222 days ago
638.

Cran    

The redneck renaissance is over, thanks be to God.

222 days ago
639.

Julie    

Not likein the fact that Phil was taken off, I WILL NOT watch A&E or stations with them. Did you all see the photos of Phill were not shown. That is wrong as well. 100% with the Robertson family and Duck Commander

222 days ago
640.

whitepower    

All you people who support Phil Robertson are racists and homophobic I bet if your son or daughter was gay you would feel differently....and for what Bobby Jindal governor of Louisiana was dumb. First of all, Bobby Jindal thinks he's white however he's Indian. I bet the white people in Louisiana calls him a sand ****** behind his back. Bobby Jindal is a minority.

222 days ago
641.

HAROLD PENEPACKER    

back of the family 100%, NO SEX,NO CUSSING, JUST A GOOD CLEAN SHOW

222 days ago
642.

Deanna    

I have said it before, Phil did no more than a Sunday morning worship at your local church of your choice. Leave the man alone let the show go on learn some good family values from it. But that's just me.......

222 days ago
643.

Edward    

Call it like you see it:) go ahead duck dynasty .

222 days ago
644.

itsmyopinion    

Do what you feel is right. It all boils down to everybody always has to point a finger at someone. Everybody has a right to their own opinion. I stand behing the rights to gays and lesbians. But like previous post talked about the the way gay and lesbians were treated back in the 50s and 60s so why do you want to put Phil down for simply stating his beliefs. It just makes me sad that people cant live their own lives and have to be in everyone elses. You dont like duck dynasty and how the live dont watch the show simple as that change the channel. Dont ruin it for the people that want to live the way they see fit. And another thing of you cant handle the answer to a question dont ask it!!!! All this is just stupid live your own lives and be happy.

222 days ago
645.

Ultraworld    

I think the big majority who are sick & tired of the gay whining and crying have woken up. It's going to get loud.

222 days ago
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