As reported Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E's Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people and blacks, won't be put on hiatus after all. The network and the Robertson family announced that Robertson will still be part of the series -- and since he didn't miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season. Publicity stunt?
Adweek reports that "after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family," the network said.
A&E said they would "use this moment to launch a national public service campaign promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty." The campaign will run on A&E, History, Lifetime and other A&E outlets.
A&E nicely capitalized on the suspension story by providing a 24-hour Duck Dynasty marathon this past weekend. View Charlie Sheen's take on Phil Robertson's comments.