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Source Close To 'Duck Dynasty' Clan Believes A&E Set Up Phil Robertson


The unceasing "Duck Dynasty" saga will not end today. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the famous southern family, is currently suspended from the network based on the homophobic comments he made in a recent GQ interview. Now, some of the Robertson clan are claiming that they believe A&E set up Phil when they became fearful of the conservative values the stars tout. They believe the controversy could have easily been avoided. 

The New York Post reports:

Robertson’s opinions about gays and religion were so widely known, in fact, that members of his family are accusing the A&E network of “hanging him out to dry” — setting up an inflammatory interview with GQ magazine just so they could punish him.

Sick of the Robertsons and their Christian beliefs, liberal television executives at A&E manipulated the situation to control the Louisiana family, the Daily Mail reported, quoting sources within the clan...

“You have to ask yourself why this interview happened and why it ever became public. Someone from A&E was there and was aware of the kind of answers Phil was giving,” one source said. “But despite that, they didn’t ever try to stop it or control it. Instead, they let it hit the headlines and then released a statement condemning it.”

Is it a publicity stunt? A display of A&E's liberal values? Does the motive matter when the words are discriminatory? Sound off in the comments below.

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  1. You should probably not believe what the Daily Mail says...ask a Brit...

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 22, 2013 8:33:15 PM

  2. Never quote The Daily Fail. It only makes sense the Post would be so dumb as to do so.

    Posted by: unruly | Dec 22, 2013 8:33:28 PM

  3. The sooner A&E cancels the show the sooner this goes away. What a mess.

    Posted by: Shugo Chara Egg! | Dec 22, 2013 8:38:01 PM

  4. Why are we even discussing this trash. Buzzfeed reports 10th circuit denied an emergency stay in Utah - that's far far more important!!!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 22, 2013 8:41:42 PM

  5. Uh, Duck Dynasty is A&E's highest rated show. That would be dumb.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 22, 2013 8:46:33 PM

  6. This family has made it very, very clear what their Christian beliefs are from the very beginning and the show has been on for how long now? If A&E really had a problem with them expressing their religious point of views, they would have put a stop to it a very long time ago.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Dec 22, 2013 8:48:31 PM

  7. The fault lies with one person alone - Phil Robertson, the bigoted Christian patriarch of Duck Dynasty. A&E should dump the show ASAP. Make sure you boycott Cracker Barrel who reversed themselves yesterday and are now selling ALL of Duck Dynasty merchandise (how hypocritical can you get?).

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 22, 2013 8:49:04 PM

  8. Oh, please. The man goes around the country giving fiery, anti-gay "sermons" to GOP groups.

    It's interesting that A&E had someone at the interview, I suppose, but what's the family's argument? That they should have censored him???

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 22, 2013 8:54:04 PM

  9. Sure A&E knew, but "liberal" network honchos are more interested in revenue and income than anything else, and this show is pot of gold.

    But look, this show is seen by probably only 5% of TV viewers. That's all you need to have as an audience to be the highest rated cable show in history. Many others are probably familiar via youtube. But really 95% don't watch the show and the right wing who are falling all over themselves to defend this guy probably don't watch either, but the topic of gay-hating automatically makes them fans of the show.

    Posted by: the other Ken | Dec 22, 2013 8:56:31 PM

  10. Daily Mail aside, one does have to wonder why subscribers to GQ would want to read an interview with someone from that show. I'm not saying it's out of the realm of possibilities, but you'd have to have pretty eclectic tastes to watch that show and subscribe to Gentlemen's Quarterly.

    Posted by: Phillip | Dec 22, 2013 8:56:51 PM

  11. Who cares? Let's just stop talking about it!

    Posted by: Ralph | Dec 22, 2013 8:58:39 PM

  12. Yes, A&E probably let him hang himself, but the story was done better with Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain.

    Posted by: Patrick | Dec 22, 2013 9:05:25 PM

  13. Angry with Cracker Barrel? Complain like crazy here:

    Let them know you'll NEVER buy another Cracker Barrel product.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 22, 2013 9:07:02 PM

  14. Its Always a conspiracy with these people.

    Someone is always out to get them and their "rights". Their Special "rights" of course never existed but they have decided the privilege of suppression taken to extreme while in the "moral majority" (which they are no longer) is everlasting.

    They have told themselves lies for so long reality is now an attack on their "religious freedom".

    Posted by: mickey | Dec 22, 2013 9:10:57 PM

  15. Daily Mail, NY Post, TMZ: do you have any idea what you are linking to? They are all run by homophobic bigots (one owned by an actual gay man). Good grief.

    Posted by: newday | Dec 22, 2013 9:11:16 PM

  16. Gotta play the victim card. It's mandatory if you're a conservative end up being "martyrs fer Christ". This is a very old, badly drawn cartoon.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 22, 2013 9:11:35 PM

  17. Daily fail is not a credible news source. :-P

    Posted by: Jexer | Dec 22, 2013 9:13:38 PM

  18. This show is for trashy people. How this is even entertainment is beyond me. Almost anything aired on A&E these days is for disgusting humans. I'll be glad when the trend of stupid 'reality' TV is long gone.

    Posted by: Will | Dec 22, 2013 9:16:10 PM

  19. I'm so old I remember when A&E was about Arts and Entertainment. But then MTV had music... on TV!

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Dec 22, 2013 9:27:16 PM

  20. So Phil, nor anyone in his family, couldn't fathom what might happen if he spouted out some homophobic BS to the most popular national men's magazine?

    "Yes sir, I didn't realize if I threw a match in a can of gasoline that it would catch fire. It must be the devious plan of the gas company."

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 22, 2013 9:42:28 PM

  21. Tired of this already, and it's only but what, a couple days? No productive, thoughtful discussion has come from any of it. Seriously- explaining what First Amendment rights are to his supporters is an exercise in futility and all his supporters want to do is play the victim. I would gladly take being called "redneck" every day of my life than a "faggot"- oh yes, being a Christian in this country is soooo hard and oppressive. Give me a break.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 22, 2013 9:43:37 PM

  22. Aside from the gay comments, why isn't the flat out racist comments he made getting some press?

    Posted by: bkmn | Dec 22, 2013 9:44:18 PM

  23. So, A&E set him up! What about freedom of speech? He was certainly free not to spout any of that homophobic and racist BS. Just not smart enough.

    Posted by: Aunt Sharon | Dec 22, 2013 9:58:29 PM

  24. As soon as you utter it, you own it. That's called being an adult. Stop trying to play the Blame Game. No one forced this clown to be interviewed by GQ. He easily could have skirted around any potentially hot button questions. This guy really needs a publicist or at least a lesson or two in media savvy.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 22, 2013 10:01:10 PM

  25. Ah, yes. Reptilian Republican thinking---fear, fear! conspiracy, conspiracy!! A&E may have known of previous rants, but I'm sure once any contract that A&E had the Doof Dynasty sign with a morals clause would've taken care of that; but the doofs that that Dynasty is probably thought their "morals" were above that clause. Small minds never realize that they're responsible for their own actions.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Dec 22, 2013 10:12:38 PM

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