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Columnist Harrop: 'Duck Dynasty' Suspension 'Over the Top'

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 06:11 PM

The A&E Network's suspension of Phil Robertson from "Duck Dynasty" for his anti-gay comments was an "odd" decision, especially since the network groomed him to be the outspoken reality-show star he is, nationally syndicated columnist Froma Harrop says.

"They're making money off him and he's making money off them too. It's mutually profitable, but that's the character they've been nurturing," Harrop told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I found it odd. I mean even if you're a fairly politically correct liberal … this suspension did seem over the top for me and I don't know what A&E was thinking.

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"I keep trying to put myself in that executive boardroom when those people were making the decision. I mean what did they think they were going to get out of Phil Robertson?"

Robertson, 67, got into hot water for an interview in GQ magazine, when he compared homosexual behavior with bestiality and said African Americans he knew working the fields in the Jim Crow South were happy and didn't criticize whites.

"Everyone has become a little too sensitive, but also a lot of these groups — conservative groups as well as liberal groups— a lot of them, they're business is to express umbrage when they come across something like this," Harrop said.

"That's their job. I don't think we have to jump up and down every time they get upset, though."

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