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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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Rob    

Phil gets punished for saying something that every red bloided american says and thinks every day, Its just that he was talking to GQ Magazine Gay people are no different then any other bully except they call hate crime when someone does it to them why because they think there better then us straight people, well there not I find it wrong that they the gay people think they deserve any rights I 100% agree with Phil Robertson .

316 days ago
77.

bubble    

Way for them to stick together and show what family is all about. We should all be so lucky!

316 days ago
78.

Onuferk    

If he had quoted the bible or just expressed his view that would be one thing but what he said was disgusting .

316 days ago
79.

RamboJohnJ    

Total work. The new season starts January 15th, what better way to get people talking than a little controversy?
A& E and the DD goofballs have made millions off this stupid show, neither are about to walk away from this cash cow they've created for Wal-Mart regulars nationwide.

316 days ago
80.

Mista steal yo hoe    

I hope a&e loses their business, and they move to a different channel. A&e are a bunch of sensative clowns, and someone must have been an insecure gay, and got offended by phils comments. Duck Dynasty to TLC Vominos!

316 days ago
81.

zombie007    

***** is the best

316 days ago
82.

Majestik    

Dear A&E, one of your longest running and MOST POPULAR T.V. shows was Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Did you pull this show because Simmons claimed he was cheating, CONSTANTLY and with 2,000 different women on Shannon . Oh wait, according to the BIBLE and LAW you can't cheat on a long time spouse because it's AGAINST THE LAW? Oh look, you didn't draw a line there because that was all heterosexual, right? Meh...I'm really starting to become a hater of GAYS, all gays, male and female. Stop pushing what you believe, what you think, what you say on other people. I HATE Jehovah's Witnesses. Why, because they are trying to push their religious beliefs on me, same with gays. GO DO WHAT YOU ARE DOING, stop trying to call folks that don't agree with YOUR lifestyle as "HOMOPHOBIC". They just don't agree, they are in FEAR OF YOU. If they don't approve and not advocating violence, what is your fcuking problem?????

316 days ago
83.

EnquirerLover    

Amen to them for standing strong! Enough of this gay rights , black rights blah blah blah. As far as I am concerned the constitution says right to free speech. So please enough with the foolishness ! I think he and other Christian entertainers should join forces with Mark Burnett and create a positive Christian cable channel. There is nothing on mainstream tv that caters to christianity anymore and it's time someone step up to the plate and did something about it! There are many positive role models for young people it's just that they always get put to pasture for silly reality shows like bad girls club, teen mom, real housewives or something else stupid like those! Come on Mr. Burnett, God is putting things in place for this venture so take heed and seize this opportunity. Even Disney is failing to provide role models. We need more coverage of positive Christians like Tim Tebow. Get them all on board and give A/E a run for their money!

316 days ago
84.

fj    

he did exercise his right to free speech, it wasn't infringed upon..... a and e exercised their right to fire him

316 days ago
85.

gvontees    

Men who have sex with other men are ***gots

316 days ago
86.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Folks: You are free to voice your opinions, but others are free to respond to your statements. Jay Leno is free to say he thinks blacks are an inferior race that practices incest and bestiality. But NBC would have the right to close his show down. A&E has the same right over Robertson's public statements.

316 days ago
87.

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.

316 days ago
88.

keeblerelf    

Good for them!!!

316 days ago
89.

Jim    

Moron. Just another comment that reduces someone's lifestyle to a sexual act.

316 days ago
90.

Usagi-chan    

Let em walk.

316 days ago
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