Phil Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' suspended over anti-gay remarks
The A&E cable channel has suspended "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson following the recent online posting of a GQ magazine interview in which the 67-year-old made what GLAAD called "some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication."
The 67-year-old bearded, camo-wearing Louisiana duck hunter had said he considered "homosexual behavior" to be "sinful" and used gay people as an example of who he thinks should be taught about Jesus, naming "drunks" and "terrorists" as well. Following gay rights group's GLAAD's condemnation and other criticism online, he said in a statement that he would "never treat anyone with disrespect" just because they were different from him.
"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,' the network group said in a statement to OTRC.com. "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."
The upcoming fifth season of "Duck Dynasty," which stars Robertson and his family, is set to premiere in January.
"Duck Dynasty" is one of the most popular shows on television. Robertson's family is on Barbara Walters' list of "10 Most Fascinating People" of 2013, which will be revealed in full in an ABC special that airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Robertson himself reportedly chose not to be interviewed by Walters, according to Fox News, which reported that he opted instead to go hunting.