The Phil Robertson/”Duck Dynasty” drama has subsided, and in a move that will only draw more revenue and huge ratings, A&E has decided to commence filming with the Duck Commander according to People on Friday.
Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in the January issue of GQ sparked GLAAD outrage and pressure on A&E to oust the family patriarch from filming. A&E’s decision sparked a social media backlash and a freedom of religion and speech debate, which subsequently led to an intelligent petition that waged revenue war against the network.
Under pressure from the Robertson family, Christian groups and the multitude of “Duck Dynasty” fans, A&E announced the reality TV show would resume production with the Duck Commander at the helm, as reported in a statement to People.
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.
A&E was sensitive to the reaction Phil Robertson’s anti-gay sentiment incited, and consequently laid blame on the GQ interview as portraying a misrepresentation of the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch’s religious doctrine.
While Phil's comments made in the interview reflects his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the 'coarse language' he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would 'never incite or encourage hate.
"Duck Dynasty" will return to A&E on January 15 with Phil Robertson, no doubt to a new fan base, and hoards of viewers who are likely to tune in to catch the Robertson family and the Duck Commander in action.
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