“Duck Dynasty” has networks waiting in the wings to snatch them up if A&E loses the Robertson clan after suspending Phil for speaking his opinion. According to “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Sunday morning Dec. 22, the Robertson family feels that they have been hung out to dry, as an A&E rep was with Phil when he stated his opinion in the GQ interview.
Breitbart Report suggests that A&E is acting like Phil 'sandbagged' them with this interview, but that is not the case. The network sent a publicist along with Phil to sit in on the interview. They must have known what had Phil said long before the interview was made public, yet they approached the incident as it was a shock to them.
Tucker Carlson, an anchor on “Fox and Friends Weekends” asks “Who elected GLAAD king? Why would A&E jump at GLAAD’s request to act on Phil Robertson’s comments, especially if they had known about this long before GLAAD or anyone else did?
Phil did an interview with GQ Magazine and he was honest about his beliefs on homosexuality. As Fox suggests, Phil was offering up his religious belief, this was not an attack on Gay people.
A&E has made it clear that even though they suspended Phil, they have absolutely no plans to get rid of "Duck Dynasty" from their network. That is their take, but what about the Robertson family who feel today that they were hung out to dry with this suspension?
A&E knew that Phil had these views long before this interview and as Carlson puts it, they weren’t too appalled to cash the checks worth millions that this family’s show has awarded them.
They were actually making money from offering the family dynamics of the Robertson clan to the public. These dynamics are very religious based, but all of the sudden A&E has a different take on this, why?
As Carlson suggests this morning, the “Duck Dynasty” incident has opened up a conversation across the nation. A&E made a statement right after Phil’s interview was made public. They said that Phil’s “personal views in no way reflect those of A&E networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
They could have continued supporting the LGBT community without suspending the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch. A&E has a reality show here and this is reality. They were more than aware of the Robertson’s family views when it came to their religious beliefs.
It is their religious beliefs that make them such a strong, tight knit family, which is what made them a favorite among reality TV shows. Phil works for A&E and the comments were made to a magazine, not aired on the network that has now punished Phil by suspending him. While they set out to punish Phil, the tables have turned and it is A&E that is in the hot seat today.