Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson NO Longer Suspended: What Happened To A&E’s Conscience

Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson NO Longer Suspended: What Happened To A&E's Conscience

Well that did not take long!  A & E suspended Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson for his remarks about homosexuality sharing similarities with bestiality.  Many people were outraged after being compared to a deviant that abuses animals.  At the time A&E released the following statement, “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,” says the network in a statement. 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.”

That suspension did not last long, in less than two week’s A&E has made a decision to lift Phil’s suspension and filming of Duck Dynasty will begin again in a couple of months.  Of course the reason behind A&E backing down is a no brainer, $$.  Many other networks stepped in once Phil was suspended and said they would happily pick up the show.  A&E knows they have a winner with Duck Dynasty.  I guess when money steps in a conscious goes out the door.

A&E’s official reason for lifting the suspension reads like this, “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.”  They added, “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.”

So what do you think Hiccups?  Should A&E have lifted the suspension?  Was A&E’s decision based on the almighty dollar?  Hit the comments and let us know what you think!


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Comments

  1. Erin says:

    Maybe they should realize if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck don’t be shocked when it quacks like a duck.

  2. Gigionthat says:

    I’m going to have to watch this show, I hear a lot about it.

  3. Jody says:

    I think he should have the right to say what he wants – freedom of speak. BUT, A&E took a stance and I think it is kinda stupid that they backtrack after about 10 days. Either they were bothered by it or they were not.

  4. Robyn says:

    Why would anyone watch this show.. A bunch of idiots in beards!

  5. MK says:

    He might be back on but the show is definitely going to take a ratings hit!

  6. Allie says:

    It took longer than I thought it would.

  7. Janelle says:

    It’s a shame it happened in the first place

  8. Pamela says:

    Shocking, i wonder if he’ll continue..

  9. DD says:

    It’s all about the money.

  10. MrsGrapevine says:

    It’s a reality show, if that’s what he thinks he shouldn’t be asked to stop being real, but they could have used it as a teaching moment and sent him to GLAAD sensitivity classes, or something different. I believe in free speech even if it’s hate speech, but that’s just me.

    I do agree with Jody, A&E is weak for this, but I knew they would change their minds, just didn’t think it would be soooo soon.

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