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'Duck Dynasty'

Phil Robertson Suspension is Over

... Says A&E

12/27/2013 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1227-phil-robertson-a-and-eThe "Duck Dynasty" war with A&E is over -- the network just announced Phil Robertson is no longer suspended ... and filming will resume in a few months.

The network says their strong sense of integrity caused them to react quickly to Phil's GQ interview ... and after consulting with numerous advocacy groups they made a decision to bring him back.

The network adds, "As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles."


The network says they plan to roll out a new PSA campaign on their network in the wake of what happened ... promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance.

A&E adds, "Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love."

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Change    

TOLD Y'ALL HE'D BE BACK..IT'S ALL PUNLICITY AND GIMMICKS TO GAIN AND OR KEEP THE VIEWS. KIND OF LIKE WHEN THEY COME OUT WITH A NEW SANDWHICH AT MCDONALD'S OR BURGER KING OR SUBWAY. IT'S ALL TO KEEP THINGS FRESH AND PEOPLE INTERESTED. THAT'S ALL.

243 days ago
17.

zelly    

Now it seems It was all a publicity stunt. Sales and rating went through the roof. They went after one of the smallest minorities just to do it. What are their PSA's going to include "We used hate as one really effective marketing strategy and all we had to do in return was run more commercials"

243 days ago
18.

CoconutScrimp    

A&E botched this whole thing but it looks like things are turning against gay bullies like GLAAD and them.

243 days ago
19.

Change    

*PUBLICITY

243 days ago
20.

Majestik    

Well, good ole Masheen can now go on a twitter rant on A&E without pissing off the Duck Dynasty fans. I knew this was coming when it started.

243 days ago
21.

sheesh    

Of course tmz has a problem with this, since your leader is gay. Why can't Phil have his own beliefs? Why can't he voice those beliefs? Why can't A&E do what they want and believe? Why is everyone supposed to bend over backwards for something that maybe they don't believe in? As for ME, I don't care either way but I do believe in freedom of speech and everyone should be able to voice their own values. If gay people think everyone should shut up who doesn't believe in their lifestyle, then they are being the bigots.

243 days ago
22.

tgrfan42069    

i called them spineless based on them suspending him in the first place.

243 days ago
23.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

And they'll get more viewers than ever, A&E still wins, suckers.

243 days ago
24.

portapotty    

So get ready for a gay duck dynasty show and a ton of gay content at A&E in the future, in order to attempt mass "re-education of the masses....aka brainwashing. They will Glaad and the likes) start kissing up in any sneaky way they can and using other tactics since this failed miserably. A&E did NOT apologize to all the non gay supporters it slapped in the face by calling the Christian faith names by saying what Phil said was bigoted. So I hope when his contract is up DD goes to another network. I bet A&E will even start editing DD in a way to undermine a Christian message thst may get expressed there. MARK MY WORDS. They are up to something, they're snakes and snakes are sneaky.

243 days ago
25.

master    

Translation, we arent losing this cash cow !!

243 days ago
26.

tmama    

marketing ploy is all I have to say

243 days ago
27.

Donttreadisback!    

Hetero 1 Himos 0 We are finally waking up America :) Shove that up your loose buttholes GLAAD!

243 days ago
28.

Christopher Duran    

I have always supported the LGBT in their belief of "Tolerance" until I realized that it is not a 2-way street. The LGBT has no "tolerance" for anyones opinion outside of their own.

243 days ago
29.

MCSquared    

Gooood Night!!, a network actually doing the right thing...They put personal freedom and liberties ahead of self-serving, hypocritical special interest groups...Congratulations on standing firm against advocacy groups who spout more vile than their detractors and use threats and intimedation against those those principles that they don't agree with.....

243 days ago
30.

donald keith    

he's nothing but a bigoted *******. this had nothing to do with free speech at all. just goes to show you how spineless A&E is for siding with a bigot! more dumbing down of America !

243 days ago
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