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'Duck Dynasty'

Didn't Want to Diss Gay Employees

By Keeping Phil on Show

12/21/2013 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Phil Robertson
disrespected gay employees at A&E ... and THAT'S why he was sacked from "Duck Dynasty" ... sources connected with the network tell TMZ.

We're told A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not  in good conscience ask gay employees to kill themselves for a show when he disrespected them by calling them sinners.

Our sources say ... gay employees involved in the production -- and there are a number of them -- were outraged by Phil's comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to give him the ax. 

We're told Dubuc felt this way ... If Phil had made similar comments about African Americans or Jews ... there would have been a public outcry for his head.  She felt it was just plain wrong not to have the same sense of indignation when the comments were directed at gays.

Our sources say GLAAD was heavily involved in lobbying the network to 86 Phil, and they had an impact.

As for TMZ's criticism that A&E knew full well what it was getting with Phil when they hired him ... as one source put it, "He just took it too far with GQ ... especially with the coarse language."

Our sources say A&E is adamant -- this has nothing to do with being "anti-religion."  Fact is ... the network runs lots of religious programming, notably, Mark Burnett's "The Bible."

The CEO is paying the price.  We're told she's been receiving death threats.

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shakedoggy    

FRIST!

273 days ago
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shakedoggy    

OOPS FIRST!

273 days ago
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Big Mark 91    

So he doesn't like ***s... What's the big deal? It's freedom of speech!

273 days ago
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OhWell    

Gays Are A Very Small Group 1.7 Percent Of The Population ,Why Should A Tiny Group Be A Dictatorship To A Much Larger Group Of 98.3 Percent As To What Should & Shouldn't Be On TV


Fact Is Gays Are insignificant,So Who Cares What They Think.

273 days ago
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Hazardous424    

People in this stupid country are somehow under the impression that they are protected from being offended. What kind of military are we going to produce 30 years down the line when we can't even handle being offended... Sure, this wouldn't be an issue if the entire world was following this stupid trend, but they aren't.

273 days ago
6.

Bob    

He did make a similar comment about blacks. He implied they were entitled and lazy, and that they were happy before the Civil Rights Movement.

273 days ago
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Jeffsafe    

Ah hello Nancy telling someone theyre a sinner isn't disrespectful. We are ALL sinners Nancy !!!!! That was really a stupid thing to say Nancy.Phil will even tell you he's a sinner.

273 days ago
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Randy    

You realize the Starship Enterprise would have exploded in Wrath Of Khan if the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many. Spock wouldn't have given his life to save his friends. Appease the few at the cost of the respect of many. Recipe for disaster.

273 days ago
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Jack Mehoff    

Find something else to talk about!! This is getting OLD. The gay agenda is real and freedom of speech has been taken away from the people. We get it now. If you want to keep your job, dont say anything negative about homosexuality and pretend to agree with the lifestyle. Everyone that ever said homosexuality is a sin got persecuted for it. The only people that don't believe it's a sin are the homosexuals. All this man said was that a mans ass doesn't compare to a vagina. he guess he should've said boy booty is better than p*ssy and he would've been praised

273 days ago
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Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

I mean.. they're f*cking hillbillies. Did A&E and America in general really think these morons had progressive stances on gays? I really don't see why any of this is surprising or even newsworthy.
Why anybody even cares or watches their fake "reality" show is beyond me though. It's hilarious that there are idiots out there that think that crap isn't scripted. It's easily just as fake as the Kardashians or Pawn Stars or Real Housewives or any other crappy reality show on TV.

273 days ago
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nick    

So gays are angry at God and they are taking their anger out on phil

273 days ago
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DacyJ    

Maybe CMT will pick them up and then we can watch all the bad ass shows like COPS, that other one they have.

273 days ago
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nick    

Tell the gays to direct their anger at God by waiving their fist in the air...Phil simply repeated what God said...a man shall not lie with another man....

273 days ago
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nick    

The but should only be used as an exit passage not meant for anything to enter....common sense

273 days ago
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CT    

If he was a muslim they wouldnt have said 2 words about him speaking his mind.

273 days ago
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