Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from "Duck Dynasty"
after making anti-gay remarks in a recently published interview with GQ magazine.
On Wednesday, A&E announced that it would be placing Robertson on an indefinite hiatus after he compared homosexuality to bestiality
and claimed society is deteriorating because of sexual promiscuity.
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"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,'" A&E's statement read. "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."
In his interview with GQ, Robertson
paraphrased biblical passages that opposed homosexual behavior.
"[You] start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," he said. "It seems like, to me a woman would be more desirable [than a man]. ... That's just me.
"She's got more to offer," he continued. "I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."
The A&E reaction came shortly after a swift rebuke was delivered by the gay rights organization GLAAD. A GLAAD spokesperson said that Robertson's comments were not reflective of how "true Christians" view gays, considering "Phil and his family claim to be Christian."
Robertson's attempt to diffuse the situation with a statement released via A&E Wednesday morning proved unsuccessful.
"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior," Robertson's A&E statement read. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
"However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
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The 67-year-old is the patriarch of the Robertson clan on the A&E reality television show "Duck Dynasty," which showcases a Louisiana family that made its fortune with products for duck hunters.
Now in its fourth season on A&E, "Duck Dynasty" is one of the most popular reality TV shows, having drawn 9.6 million viewers with its season three finale earlier this year.
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