The "Duck Dynasty" family has no plans to film more episodes of the popular reality show without patriarch, Phil Robertson. On Dec. 19, TMZ reported that the rest of the Robertson family is supporting Phil and that they are unhappy with A&E's decision to suspend him after he made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ Magazine.
"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," the Robertson's said in a statement.
The "Duck Dynasty" cast is reportedly ready to "pull the plug" on the show -- which has been wildly successful for A&E. The family makes millions of dollars from their duck call business -- and while the show has been great for them, walking away wouldn't be the end of the world. And so they have put their feet down.
"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," the Robertson's statement continued.
"Duck Dynasty" is one of the most popular reality television shows, ever. It has not only put A&E on the map, but it has really defined the network. If A&E lost the show, it would be a devastating blow -- and they really need to weigh their options here. When the "stars" aren't happy, that's not good. At all.
"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," the Robertson's statement concluded.
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