WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013 – It was just a matter of time before the “Duck Dynasty” family issued an official statement in response to A&E’s suspension of their patriarch. And just as we have come to expect of the Robertson family, they are presenting a united front.
At 7:13 P.M. tonight the following official statement was issued on their website:
“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible.
Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.
We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.
We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”
Unless we are mistaken, this means the show will not go on without Phil.
Considering the fact that A&E has made $400 million on the franchise, it will be very interesting to see how the network responds.
The Facebook page “Bring Back Phil Robertson” was created yesterday and it already has 722,000 “likes.” (Make that 737,000 “likes.” The page added 15,000 while this was being written.) The A&E Facebook page was created in May of 2008 and it has 587,000 likes.
The Robertson family doesn’t need A&E. You can bet there is a long line of networks that will pick them up should A&E continue to bite the hand that feeds it. But if we have learned anything about “reality TV,” it is all about the drama and notoriety.
Expect A&E to reach an agreement with the Robertsons “just in time.”
Why anyone is shocked that a 67 year old backwoods man might have some politically incorrect opinions is a mystery, at least to us.
A word of advice A&E, don’t encourage and pay people millions of dollars to act like rednecks then be shocked when they do. And don’t expect them to change.
Last night the Robertson family was on the Barbara Walters’ ten most fascinating people show, but without Phil. It is hunting season in Louisiana. If Phil won’t toe the line for Barbara Walters, it is pretty obvious he won’t for A&E.
And, if I may ask, just why was GQ interviewing Phil Robertson in the first place. It’s not like he is a metrosexual.
Meanwhile, take a breath America; it’s just reality TV.
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