Ugh. A&E has now kicked Phil Robertson off the show because of his comments:
EW – A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday.
The network announced it Robertson is off the show for the time being.
The network issued the following statement to EW: “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.”
An A&E spokesperson confirmed this statement means exactly what it says: Robertson is kicked off the show for an undetermined period of time. The rest of his family will continue on the series.
Congratulations A&E. You’ve just made Phil Robertson more popular now than ever.
I hope his family backs him up and dumps the show entirely until A&E restores him…that is, if they can legally do so. This is wrong and A&E shouldn’t punish Phil Robertson for having an opinion that’s different from their own.