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A&E Places 'Duck Dynasty' Star on Indefinite Hiatus Over Anti-Gay Remarks

Following his ugly remarks about gay people in an interview with GQ, A&E Networks has placed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on an indefinite hiatus, GLAAD reports.

P_robertsonSaid A&E in a statement:

"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."

Said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz:

“What’s clear is that such hateful anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers, and networks alike. By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."

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  1. I continue to be amazed at the lack of tolerance we as a gay community show to those who have differing opinions, and opinions that have been held by all of society for practically all of human history. And yet we expect people to change their opinions about LGBT people overnight?

    You know what WON'T cause people to change their opinions, but will make them dig in their heels and harden them to any attempts to get them to truly listen and understand is to do what HRC and GLAAD and other vocal gay rights folks have done, which is the calling for Phil Robertson's removal (and the cancellation of Duck Dynasty). And then to have A&E remove Phil Robertson as they just did, well...we've just made a LOT of enemies. We can forget about winning hearts and minds with juvenile temper-tantrums like what many in the gay community has just displayed. And displayed in the comment section here at Towleroad on these stories.

    Dumb. Real dumb.

    Posted by: Jon | Dec 18, 2013 9:42:49 PM


  2. That duck was gone faster than a biscuit with squirrel gravy.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Dec 18, 2013 9:44:58 PM


  3. Well done A&E. Rasputin needs to know that his hateful words have consequences.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 18, 2013 9:46:52 PM


  4. This was so stupid. I agree @JON- tho, as far as I know, HRC and GLAAD didn't call for the cancellation of the show or termination or even placing on leave of castmembers.

    A&E did this on their own- to gin up more controversy, to do a Chick-Fil-A, and have people support/buy Dynasty crap even more. A&E f*cked us over- they could care less about discrimination or prejudice- as a Gawker writer just commented about this- if they did they wouldn't have had Dog the Bounty Hunter continue or countless other shows.

    Trust me- as a guy living in the South- and I don't even live in the most rural of areas- Dynasty is a religion here. Ironically, many people love it more than Jesus. This will not be good for us at ALL.

    I pray GLAAD and HRC do some quick thinking and effectively distance and disavow themselves from this stupid, commercial-minded decision. It wasn't for us like I said- it's a marketing move. People are gonna watch it and buy their stuff even more and I wouldn't be surprised at support for gay rights dropping even more in southern/Midwestern states- abysmal as it is already.

    I'm not being a Debbie Downer- I'm being realistic- h*ll,maybe even optimistic. We're f*cked people.

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 18, 2013 9:53:28 PM


  5. Obviously there's more about this guy that rubbed the network a little too abrasively if they were willing to give him the boot this quick. There's more to him that we don't know and they were looking for a good reason to get rid of him. Looks like they found it. And good for them.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Dec 18, 2013 10:02:54 PM


  6. It seems that HRC and GLAAD are more effective than the "Catholic league" since Bill Maher is still on air.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 18, 2013 10:03:00 PM


  7. Those same people in the South still wonder why black people are using the sidewalk and the white water fountain. Many of them will never change. We can't lose something that we never had in the first place.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Dec 18, 2013 10:04:38 PM


  8. Perhaps the network has done some marketing research. The "north" generates more advertisement revenues than the "south". Since they have different tastes, they should open a "south A&E channel".

    Posted by: simon | Dec 18, 2013 10:10:46 PM


  9. Congrats A&E. So some think that rednecks will bellyache? Well, then, let somebody on an A&E program announce in a public venue that Christians are the equivalent of drunks and adulterers. That's only fair. Give them a dose of the same medicine they hand out. Let's see what the rednecks say and do then.

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 18, 2013 10:16:50 PM


  10. @ NOTSAFEFORWORK - that is one of the most bigoted posts that I've read in a long time...much more bigoted than what Phil Robertson said. So you're stereotyping an entire region of our nation? You're obviously an ignorant hater, worse than the people "in the South" who you mischaracterized and were bigoted against just now.

    If you knew anything about the South, you'd know that it was one of the most race-friendly places around. Much moreso than most places in the North. But I'd hate to interrupt your horrible bigotry, since you can't seem to be bothered by extending words of kindness towards people you know nothing about except some gross out-dated stereotype.

    Grow up. And stop embarrassing the gay community, please.

    Posted by: Jon | Dec 18, 2013 10:17:57 PM


  11. Scott and Jon: Are you guys for real?! What started the modern gay rights movement? The sad/funny/lovable gay next-door neighbor in sitcoms? The "we're just like you!" same-sex marriage movement? Or the Stonewall riots? Face it: Some ass-backward Duck Dynasty-loving Southerner isn't going to hate us any MORE or LESS than he/she already does because of this one issue. Have some balls, guys!

    Posted by: McCoysMarketNYC | Dec 18, 2013 10:22:39 PM


  12. Good for A&E whatever their motivations. You can't operate on the premise of lets never question discriminating remarks because people may not like you for it. If that's the case, those people were against you anyways.

    In addition, all those people were crying about let's not go after Chick Fil A because that means people won't vote for marriage equality were proven wrong, wrong, wrong since every state that had it on the ballot voted for it and DOMA was overturned.

    You don't need to grovel at the feet of the people who love Duck Dynasty. The same way black people didn't grovel at Paula Deen's feet despite the fact she had tons of supporters rallying for her. You need to stop acting like a scared little boy looking for a pat on the back from avowed homophobes and start standing up for your rightsd

    Posted by: m.r. | Dec 18, 2013 10:23:39 PM


  13. @ JON & SCOTT :

    Your comments astonish me.
    Apart from the fact that you seem to shirk from criticizing these Neanderthals- Duck Quacks- you propagate the notion that we should hold our demands for equality on the flimsy basis that "this will cause people to dig their heels in".

    Well isn't that what Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church are doing in Russia ?
    Maybe we should shut about them also lest those reactionary forces become entrenched and cause people to turn against out demands !
    There is no belittling of gays which we should allow pass without fighting back.......that generation has passed......never again will we be told that our Love dare not speak its name.
    Never will we allow this treating us as lesser by any red neck gang of toothless tools.

    Wow, your comments are so mealy mouthed as to be despicable.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 18, 2013 10:26:11 PM


  14. Jon, it's not my business what you think of me or my post. Your opinions are just as valid. Have a nice holiday!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Dec 18, 2013 10:27:07 PM


  15. Look at the comments at the deadline.com

    Posted by: Ken | Dec 18, 2013 10:27:08 PM


  16. A&E puts these people on television and then is surprised that they are these people. Seriously? He has a right to his ignorant opinions and a right to express them. And any other person has the right to voice their opinion about the Duck person's stupidity and inbred opinions. Freedom of speech extends all the way around, not just to the ignorant who feel that they have a right to say whatever they want without consequence or backlash.

    But be clear, him getting fired or put on probation or whatever A&E did, that is on the network, no other group demanded that. And it is about publicity, not outrage...they knew what they were getting with these people.

    Posted by: Bart | Dec 18, 2013 10:30:57 PM


  17. Oh and Jon, I live in the South. Since 1984, and actually lived many years in CENLA, which is right down the road from the Robertsons. I see the racism, bigotry and homophobia every day. It's alive and well here.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Dec 18, 2013 10:31:26 PM


  18. Though Obama said there are no red states and no blue states, the fact is the south usually means those red states which supported the Republican Party which happens to be the anti-gay party. They are not stereotypes. They are facts.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 18, 2013 10:32:40 PM


  19. The paid trolls are out in force tonight. As soon as a ugly is smacked down, this site goes right back to being Trollroad. Didn't read any more than a handful of words from the volumes they wrote, of course. Does anybody?

    Posted by: Oncemorewithfeeling | Dec 18, 2013 10:44:22 PM


  20. @JACKFCKNTWIST- I have to say, I have always liked your comments and enjoyed reading them. I get your criticism, and my opinion isn't based in fear as much as wishing there to be more substantive, intelligent, effective countermeasures against these prejudiced opinions.

    PR is a big thing. And has been for our community; we've accomplished a lot through hardwork, and perseverance, and smart decision-making- all of that culminating in good PR.

    I would've loved for there to be a message of us taking the high road- or of the Robertsons somehow meeting a gay family or gay servicemember. Or not; I don't know what the best tact would be. But I can tell you that this decision by A&E- as I noted earlier- won't be good PR. And PR does matter. Now he seems like the victim- and he's the one who made the rude comparisons!

    Maybe it's just my view from living in an area where my homophobia is real and racism is alive and well. When people identify so strongly with a well known figure and that figure is diminished, people don't respond well.

    I agree with you, JACK. Just want this to have worked out where he's not the victim, and we're seen as the oppressors. Sometimes what true doesn't matter as much as what's presented and how it's portrayed.

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 18, 2013 10:55:57 PM


  21. People. America was fascinated by these duck people because they were weird bizarre anomalies. Like oddities in a circus sort of way. Not really aligned with their presumed small minded ness. So now that they have been exposed, people will fell free to move along. Very few will linger to blame the gay for the death of the duck. Trust me.

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Dec 18, 2013 11:04:30 PM


  22. I think it was a good thing GLAD didn't call for his firing, but on the other hand, if Paula Dean could loose her cooking show empire over using a racist word, then I am glad that A & E thought that treating the Duck Dynasty idiot the same way was fair and fired his ass. Often in the past we were the one of the lowest minorities on the totem pole for getting media support. We can't change how people think, but we can censor them when they say such hateful things about gays in public.It is a verbal form of bashing and needs calling out.

    Posted by: John | Dec 18, 2013 11:06:48 PM


  23. Some may say GLAAD is going overkill but the gay community does not have our own Rev. Al Sharpton or a Jesse Jackson stand-in to march on these anti-gay zealots and tell them to shut the F* up and show some respect. I'm happy that GLAAD is at least doing something about this. No one else gives a shiite.

    Posted by: jonvincent | Dec 18, 2013 11:12:52 PM


  24. Well Jon, you continue to "be amazed", all you want. Robertson's vile words to the 'good old boys' that droolingly were imparted to his I.Q. challenged listeners are nothing less then the actual impetus for HATE CRIMES to his knuckle dragging sharpshooters followers!

    Anyone with a scintilla of knowledge and humanity in them can easily see that. So who is dumb now you bloody cretin? For this Christmas treat yourself to a bible that you can read (And EVEN understand!) Who knows maybe you can find one with a camo cover . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 18, 2013 11:14:00 PM


  25. 1. I don't recall seeing many people (or more than 2 for that matter) calling for Robertson's ouster in the comments on T-road.

    2. Free speech is wonderful, but one has to prepare to reap the consequences of that speech.

    3. A&E's brilliant decision to delete him was their own, gays didn't mass up and call for it as a group or did I miss some amazingly quick organization on our part?

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 18, 2013 11:14:48 PM


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