“Duck Dynasty” will have its patriarch in the episodes for the new season which begins on Jan. 15. Phil’s suspension may never entail him missing filming an episode. He has already filmed a good portion of the “Duck Dynasty” episodes for next season and the Huffington Post on Dec. 21 reports that A&E hopes shooting future episodes will be resolved over the holidays. This is before they shoot anymore episodes of "Duck Dynasty," so feasibly Phil might not miss a beat when it comes to appearing in each episode.
The Huffington Posts suggests the suspension “may be just for show.” Now that you look at it that way, it makes plenty of sense. When it boils down to it Phil probably won’t miss a single episode in the series.
Phil’s suspension from the “Duck Dynasty” show has been saturating the headlines for days after an interview that Phil did with GQ hit the media. Phil gave his opinion on what sin meant to him and he answered honestly, giving his own opinion and the uproar started.
Granted Phil was overly graphic in his descriptions, but he didn’t bash anyone, he just talked about what sin meant to him as a bible reading Christian. GLAAD immediately issued a statement urging A&E to act about the remarks made by the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty.”
This is where the suspension came in and according to the latest reports, it sounds like it was a suspension that was never going to actual happen. A&E did say when they suspended Phil that he would show up in the first part of the season because those episodes had already been filmed.
It sounds as if they were going to wait for the dust to settle and put Phil back in without him missing a show. When A&E got wind that other networks were ready to pounce on “Duck Dynasty” after hearing the family didn’t want to go on without Phil, A&E said “there’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show." They are adamant on keeping their number one show in their pocket.
Another piece of this puzzle was revealed and worked at confusing folks quite a bit. Phil had an A&E publicist with him during the GQ interview, which started all this hoop-la, reports the Breitbart Report today.
If this is true, this means that A&E was well aware of Phil’s views long before the interview was made available to the public, so A&E wasn’t as “sandbagged” or blindsided as they let on to be. It sounds as if all of this was nothing more than a damage control attempt. What do you think?