News that “Duck Dynasty” will not have Phil in their midst is a risky play on the part of A&E, as this family sticks together like glue. Although nothing at all has come down from the Robertson family about the suspension of the patriarch from their show, “Fox and Friends” live on Thursday morning Dec. 19, is surmising this won’t sit well with this tight knit family.
Fox News reports today that Phil Robertson has been under fire for what he said during an interview with the magazine GQ. His anti-gay comments sparked immediate outrage from gay rights activists. The comments were online just minutes when GLAAD retaliated by saying Phil’s comments were not Christian-like at all.
Brian Kilmeade from “Fox and Friends” was amazed that the show would take such a drastic step of suspending Phil because of this family’s tendency to stick together. What makes A&E think that Willie, Miss Kay, Jas, Si and the rest of the clan would want a “Duck Dynasty” show without Phil?
A&E released a statement Wednesday:
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
Fans of the show are hard-pressed to imagine that the rest of the family is alright with this suspension and that they will continue to film without Phil. While the “Duck Dynasty” top duck did make some very graphic statements concerning gay sex, Phil did make a statement clarifying his views after the uproar started in the media. Phil's comments were extremely graphic, using words that Steve Doocy said they couldn’t repeat on the morning show.
You can read the comments that put Phil in hot water here:
Phil basically said that he follows the bible and while he doesn’t relate to the homosexual lifestyle, he would never judge, that is for the "Almighty” to do.
Phil started the ball rolling with:
Phil started off talking about sin, saying that when “everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine.”
The GQ interviewer asked Phil what is sin in his book and the flood gates opened. It started with Phil’s answer.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Surprisingly, the man who usually has very little to say talked to the point that he had jaws dropping around the nation.
GLAAD bit right back, within minutes that his interview went public. They also asked that A&E take action.
GLAAD representative Wilson Cruz wrote in a statement:
"Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans – and Americans - who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."
“Fox and Friends” anchors on Thursday morning were reading emails on the air from folks writing in about Phil’s suspension. People are not liking the idea. Even a man, who is in a same-sex marriage wrote in to say, that even though he doesn’t agree with Phil’s ideas, he respects his "rights as an American to express how he feels."
Others wrote that Phil was expressing what his individual beliefs were. He was honest and while you don’t have to agree with him, he answered the question honestly.
One of the reasons that folks tune in to watch “Duck Dynasty” is the honesty the Robertson family displays. There’s not a fake bone in any one of them, which is such a breath of fresh air from all the other reality shows on TV today.
You don’t have to agree with Phil’s opinion on the gay lifestyle, but does Phil have the right to express them while doing an independent interview? He didn’t say this while on the A&E show, he said this off the campus of A&E.
Did the network set the wheels in motion for the rest of the family to refuse taping the show without Phil? It seems that many of the “Duck Dynasty” fans can’t see the family leaving Phil behind. Again, while none of the Robertson family have said a thing about this event, most people are betting on the Robertson's saying “all for one and one for all” when it comes time for filming without Phil. “Duck Dynasty” without Phil just doesn’t seem possible knowing how this family operates. What do you think?