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'Duck Dynasty'

A&E Publicist MIA

When Phil Went Off On Gays!

12/20/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If you asked yourself "Where was the publicist?" when "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson went off on gays during his big interview with GQ magazine ... TMZ now has the answer ... the publicist was not there!

Sources very familiar with the situation tell us ... a publicist did indeed accompany Robertson to the interview -- per A&E's rigid PR policy -- and the interview took place in several locations.  When the GQ reporter and Phil hopped on ATVs, the publicist didn't come along for the ride.

We're told it was then the reporter apparently saw an opening and Phil made his incendiary anti-gay comments

It's pretty shocking ... because Phil is widely known as a loose cannon ... so it's a little like playing Russian Roulette to let him gallivant off with a reporter.

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76.

Ldawg    

Why doesn't the media and the gay groups attack the Muslims who openly condone killing gays? A middle eastern imam declared today that burning gays alive is now OK. In Iran they regularly hang and decapitate men on the rumor of being gay. Why don't we hear outrage about this ? Or outrage about how they treat women?

250 days ago
77.

Jordan    

Both Phil Robertson and A&E will both put out a Joint Statement before next season starts, and this whole thing will be over with.

250 days ago
78.

Asmarlak    

The people who think that the Bible is God's promise of Heaven to us, think again. God doesn't owe us anything, we owe God everything. God doesn't need to promise us anything that we as weak as are didn't ask for. If God the great that we think he is, then he got a lot more to worry about than us . People are so arrogant and self centered to think that God is occupying himself with our problems. I find religion to be naive enough so I had to choose between being religious or believing in God, the second I chose.

250 days ago
79.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

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250 days ago
80.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

I am extremely spiritual. That's why I have a hard time saying that I'm not sure that the bible is really God's word.

250 days ago
81.

Sunshine702    

He sure is interested in describing the mechanics of male / male sex.

250 days ago
82.

zombie    

Yawn. A whole lotta something over nothing. Welcome to America where your opinion is now censored by the liberal thought police. Everyone has to now think they the same or else they are to be ruined by the hypocrites who droan on and on about TOLERANCE. LOL. Gotta love this country we now find ourselves part of.

250 days ago
83.

Roberik 22    

Isn't it suppose to be a free country. Can't u have an opinion and be able to express it. We hear all these things that celebs and politicians say and we have to accept it as word. Yet if someone says something that doesn't go along with the rest of society is it still wrong?! It's not just blk and white, it's the grey area too. That's life. I commend him for standing up to give HIS opinion. Whether I agree or not it's still his opinion. Life will still go on.

250 days ago
84.

thatsright    

Big woop ... some one hates a life style.. some in tmz as something to hide ... this is sad news

250 days ago
85.

paintballer1701    

I don't condone the manner in which Phil made his remarks and I don't watch the show. However part of what he said is actually almost a direct quote from the bible. 1 Corinthians 6:9_10 says Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of god? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. New King James version of the Bible. That is not being homophobic unless the Bible is to be considered as homophobic. I am not saying he may not be homophobic, but that portion of what he said is from the bible whether the we personally except that or not.

250 days ago
86.

esq777    

A&E is in a lose-lose situation, but they created it by getting into bed with the redneck hillbillies. A&E suspends the hillbilly but in the process they hack off other redneck hillbillies who watch the moronic show and waste their money on the ridiculous ancillary products. If they don't suspend him they hack off activists and others who can also damage A&E and its advertisers where it hurts -- in the pocketbook. Can't feel bad for A&E -- you lie with dogs, you sometimes get fleas. Is it really a shock when one of the redneck hillbillies goes rogue and reverts to its natural state? Anyone who produces a "reality" show has to deal with the consequences of working with the losers and ignorant freaks that populate those shows.

250 days ago
87.

jayndeb    

this is the only show we watch as a family . are girls love how they pray together at meal time. they should file a law suite . what kind of role person on tv should we have kim k , a tramp that has no talent an uses her body an face to get what she wants. he fake body an face

250 days ago
88.

Jah36    

The only thing I'm asking is why aren't there more public personalities that speak the truth!

250 days ago
89.

Ldawg    

Obama is lying, liberal, communist. That's my opinion. How many of you will now call me a racist for stating my beliefs?

250 days ago
90.

NannyB    

All you idiots that are making ugly comments just because of the difference in your culture or upbringing need to just quit. I bet you have never even watched the show to see their family values which are obviously better than yours are. They are probably better educated than you guys too. They all have college degrees. What do you have fools. You people are just talking out of ignorance.

250 days ago
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