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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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me    

What cracks me up is the ENTIRE Robertson family is telling a and e and the television viewers "you need us a whole bunch more than we need you". That's halarious.

241 days ago
647.

grownassman    

I think that a&e need to look at the bigger picture. If your old enough to. remember, a&e was a failing network. Then reality tv became the biggest thing since sliced bread. A@E needs to grow up and stop crying like a baby.

241 days ago
648.

Tamekia Simmons    

I just want to know why people are so judgmental of each other. What is wrong with Phil loving God and speaking what he believes is right. I do agree that we are to love each other regardless of their sex choice and we should be careful not to offend anyone and all things done in love ONLY, but Phil has the right to say what he believes and say how he feel. AMERICA IS NOT AMERICA ANYMORE WHEN YOU CAN'T SAY HOW YOU FEEL OR HAVE A FREEDOM TO SPEAK. SOUNDS LIKE AMERICA DOESNT KEEP ITS OWN LAWS ANYMORE.

241 days ago
649.

Swerve    

Could care less...these shows are rediculous. Who cares what these families do or dont do. It's a bunch of red-neck reality crap for low life trash to watch.

241 days ago
650.

Tony Glenn    

Cracker Barrel realized that heterosexuals have the right to express themselves the same as ***s and dikes. And, if the queers don't like it. who cares. they don't have to listen. and, A & E will cave as well. then the cry baby sissy boys can go cry to their mommies.

241 days ago
651.

tony glenn    

Tired of ***s, and dikes thinking they should be allowed to call people names. and censor them. with out those people having the right to free speech. you queers want equal rights. but, don't want to allow others the same rights. if you queers don't want to hear it. don't listen. you have a right not to listen. same with the blacks , hispanics, and everybody else who wants to use the term political correctness to try and censor people. if you want censorship. move to china or korea. otherwise. deal with it.

241 days ago
652.

tony glenn    

Tired of ***s, and dikes thinking they should be allowed to call people names. and censor them. with out those people having the right to free speech. you queers want equal rights. but, don't want to allow others the same rights. if you queers don't want to hear it. don't listen. you have a right not to listen. same with the blacks , hispanics, and everybody else who wants to use the term political correctness to try and censor people. if you want censorship. move to china or korea. otherwise. deal with it.

241 days ago
653.

Speak Through Me Ministries    

RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT = LOVE

To call what God calls wrong is not judging. We are to speak the truth in love.

When we see our brothers and sisters in Christ sinning, we are to correct and encourage them and provide them with Biblical TRUTHS. We are to see each other through the eyes of Jesus. We are to be compassionate, LOVING, and forgiving. We can not condemn!!!! We are not to judge unrighteously, as we will be measured by the same judgement. Be merciful to all, as we are all sinners. Make righteous judgement and help each other by loving each other, teaching His Word, and praying for each other.

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins - James 5:20

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement - John 7:24

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction. FOR THE TIME WILL COME when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suite their own desires, they will gather around then a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the TRUTH and turn aside to myths. But you keep your head in all situations, endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Praise, Praise His Name -
Speak Through Me Ministries

http://Facebook.com/SpeakThroughMe

240 days ago
654.

TooSmartForFarts    

Freedom of speech protects you from prosecution NOT persecution. It's shocking how many people fail to grasp this very basic fact.

240 days ago
655.

brendon    

Please, here me out. Paula Dean, Duck Dynasty douche's, are products of the southern way of life. It's not there fault. They aren't smart enough to understand why there is hate in what they say, and people in the south, have no idea this is not a 1st amendment issue. They, just don't have the resources to be educated, truth is truth
http://www.dailytech.com/Lumosity+Ranks+Smartest+and+Dumbest+Cities+in+America/article31887.htm

240 days ago
656.

jesussux666    

omg....you looney christians will defend any disgusting bigoted comments made by other christians screaming "1st amendment!!! free speech!!! religion freedom!!!" religion is a cancer to this world. you believe in a fake god and use him to justify your hatred and bigotry. these redneck hicks need to be done with. please cancel the show, i am absolutely sick and tired of seeing their merchandise in every single store i go to. pray all you want, you're praying to nothing. queers will bring down this heteronormative misogynist religiously deluded society. only in amerikkka! land of the free! freedom! eagles!

239 days ago
657.

RyanN    

On the one hand I stand behind him and his right to his ideas and beliefs. He could be a Neo-Nazi for all I care.. that's reality, not everyone thinks the same and you can't change people's beliefs and ideas by squelching, censoring, or sweeping them under the rug.

But he was on national TV and he kind of should know better, we all have beliefs but there are some you wouldn't blast on air if you knew everyone was listening, that's just a fact of life, and that is also reality. There's a place for everything, that wasn't it, like you don't tell kids anything you think they oughta know'.

Still wish they end the suspension and the PC police get off their's and A&E's backs. A&E is about money in the end, they probably still fear loss of advertisers more than loss of viewership from the show, even though, judging from the amount support they are getting from all walks of life, the threat may not be as big as it once was.

Which it wasn't so big for poor Imus.

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