The A&E cable network's decision to suspend Phil Robertson, star of the hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," for his anti-gay remarks in GQ magazine is "puzzling," says Charles Payne, a Fox Business Network host and contributor.
"I don't know if they were surprised with Phil Robertson's point of views or they didn't want him to voice it — even though I'm sure that their PR person was involved with the interview in the first place," Payne told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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A&E may have thought the suspension was "the politically correct thing to do, react first and see where the chips fall thereafter, but it's very puzzling how they responded to all of this," Payne said Monday.
"It's almost disingenuous, to be quite honest, and to be quite frank, I was even more shocked initially when I read Cracker Barrel was pulling [out of the show].
"To their credit, they sort of reversed themselves fairly quickly, which by the way you don't see a lot in corporate America, so you do have to tip your hat to that."
A&E Network suspended Robertson from his family's hit show last week after, among other things, he said in GQ:
"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong . . . start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men."
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