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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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91.

Jim    

Low life, moron. Again, reducing a life style to a sexual act.

256 days ago
92.

rilythe1    

Praise God!!! That's why this family is succeeding the way they are. Stick together!!! I've been waiting to hear this great news. Stand strong Robertson's. Oh, and I'm a Duck Dynasty loving black woman. Yes!!!

256 days ago
93.

mckittrick    

Good take it off the air

256 days ago
94.

Sean Kelly    

IT IS his constitutionally protected right, and it is A&E's constitutionally protected right to fire him.

256 days ago
95.

kstrick    

So if a gay man said he didn't like vagina would this be an outrage?

256 days ago
96.

Room 714    

I knew the family would stand behind Phil. RIGHT ON!!! A&E could stuff it up another mans a$$ just like the gays love it.

256 days ago
97.

Dgothamnyc    

bye bye,

256 days ago
98.

KOKOPELLeigh    

This is all so frustrating to me. You can not use the bible to 'voice your opinion' and use it to support your ignorance and prejudices. Saying homosexuality will lead to bestiality is absolutely reprehensible. Where in the bible does it say to judge other and make ridiculous jumps and acquisitions? I hope A& E doesn't cave. We have enough trash on TV without showing the entire world how backwoods some of 'Merica' can be. I'm hurt and ashamed by people these days.

256 days ago
99.

sharki_d    

Ha!

256 days ago
100.

IDontGivaSheet    

The other TMZ article with video said this: ------------------------ The guy openly preached that gays were going to hell years before the series started.Take a look at the video of a 2010 sermon at Berean Bible Church in Pennsylvania ... it's pretty much your typical bible-thumping drill.  Phil calls gay people shameful, perverse, heartless, faithless, senseless God haters ... destined for the burning pits of hell. ----------------------- For his supporters, tell us all how he's not some a-hole in the name of religion! He's trash. http://m.tmz.com/#Article/2013/12/19/phil-robertson-2010-sermon-homosexuality-gays-homophobia-a-and-e

256 days ago
101.

Christine    

Damn, why can't we get the Kartrashians to do this. Take those morons off the air.

256 days ago
102.

Fred Thompson    

Suddenly, the gay bullies will lose their footing. Sorry guys, we don't let 5% of the population dictate things when it comes to one of the highest rated shows in history. I don't even watch it, and I'm pissed at how the ****ots handled this.

256 days ago
103.

en Todo Momento!!    

i'd be the last person to advocate misuse widely viewed mass media to churn out my own personal hatred against people who have never harmed me, nor ever done anything to me. but i think this is a different story. the people who promote the vast liberal moral views throughout all of the us media, with no restrictions, they are the ones who try to silence all their opposers, because they do not want that can of worms that they are hiding behind their backs opened for the whole world to see. i mean look at all the crap shock jocks get away with on radio. you would not believe some of the things they say. and they make MILLIONS. EASILY. one big time sponsor after the other picking them up. look at bill maher. look at jon stewart. look at what they say ON LIVE TELEVISION, not just in passing in some random interview. but because they have a very socialist left liberal agenda, and are very viciously attacking individuals, but conservatives christians, they get a full pass. there, you only have to ask who is behind all the 'restricting free speech agenda' when those two get to rip into anyone they want, sponsors not cutting even a single dime. not one sponsor jumping off the wagon. that is clear evidence and proof who is calling the shots on 'who needs to be shut up and who needs to be silenced', and that is some evil and heinous crap right there. i am not going to name any demographics here, but i think it's pretty obvious. so why is is a 'huge shocking scandal' when conservative CHRISTIANS voice their opinions, but not so when liberal left liberals do, or even CONSERVATIVE JEWS. OR CONSERVATIVE MOSLEMS. OR CONSERVATIVE BUDDHISTS what the hell do i know. i'm just saying. there is clear and evident silencing of conservative christian opinions and views, not that they desire to plaster them all over the media, but when the DO open their mouth, they are punished immediately, as one can see here. these same people express themselves freely and as however they please, but if you think or believe you have that same right, they will teach you very quickly how wrong you are. including some total aholes here who work at tmz. they publish all the crap they want, but delete comments because they are 'offensive'??? ridiculous. and total HYPOCRITES. total hypocrites.

256 days ago
104.

#57 said it best    

Ok, in my mind this is pretty easy - anyone can say anything they want....I could walk into work tomorrow and say ya know what - I refuse to work with anyone who is gay, thinks minorities should be oppressed, etc...I don't think it takes a genius that after I made that little announcement I would be out of a job - why? My employer finds me to be an offensive ignorant slob. My EMPLOYER has EVERY right to FIRE me BASED on what I have said

I can watch trash TV with the best of them, but never got into this show...based on what these moron said A&E is completely within their rights to fire this guy and if the family decides they will back out of contract then God Bless...people seem to get the "5th Amendment" allows them to say damn near anything and that everyone justs nods along...not the case

256 days ago
105.

elena    

Gays know that their "lifestyle" is not considered normal by a majority of society.

256 days ago
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