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Duck Dynasty's Robertson Family issue first official statement to fans

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The clan leader of America's favorite reality show is under fire. Phil Robertson, of the wildly popular A&E series 'Duck Dynasty,' is suspended from the show indefinitely, do to several remarks that he had made, viewed by some as anti-gay.

On Dec. 19, 2013, the Robertson Family issued an official family statement to the fans. The statement appears on the Duck Commander website. The message states, "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..."

The statement continues, "We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. 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," it said."

Reportedly, in the hours since the news of Robertson's suspension was revealed, the Facebook page for A&E in connection with the Duck Dynasty show, is being flooded with non-stop comments.

The comments include threats to boycott the network if it doe's not restore Phil Robertson to the program. Other comments reflect full support for the embattled reality star. The controversial article will appear in the upcoming Jan. 2014, issue of GQ Magazine.

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