A&E Network suspends a lead player in its popular reality show “Duck Dynasty” for anti-gay comments he made in GQ Magazine.
FOX Business Network’s Dennis Kneale has the details:
The ZZ Top bearded Phil Robertson, outraging pro-gay groups by saying gay sex is a sin. A&E apologizes and suspends Robertson– but Robertson puts out a non-apology, saying he loves and respects all of humanity, but the Bible preaches that a man belongs with a woman. Supporters say Robertson didn’t use an anti-gay slur, as actor Alec Baldwin did. He just expressed his religious beliefs which may not be enough to mollify the folks at GLAAD– they’re threatening a sponsor boycott.
In New York, Dennis Kneale, FOX News Radio.
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Read a statement below from A&E Networks:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Dan Silberman Senior Vice President, Publicity A&E Network | FYI | LMN | A+E Studios
Read a statement below from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”