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Thousands of fans of A&E's most popular show, Duck Dynasty, are protesting its decision to suspend the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, Phil Robertson, because of comments made in an interview in GQ magazine that the network deemed homophobic.

The Times Picayune reports that Governor Bobby Jindal issued a statement criticizing the television network over its decision to suspend Robertson for controversial comments he made about gay people and African Americans. "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," said Jindal.

Several Fox News Channel hosts and commentators came to the defense of Robertson. On Hannity, host Sean Hannity said it was a "slippery slope" to begin firing people over things they said, adding he never advocated for the firings of liberals -- including Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir -- who got in trouble for controversial comments. Megyn Kelly said on The Kelly File that Robertson's indefinite hiatus preemptively stopped any conversation that might have arisen from his comments.


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