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A&E brings back Phil Robertson to hit Louisiana show Duck Dynasty

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 29, 2013 in Entertainment
Phil Robertson is back on Duck Dynasty duty after A&E ended their suspension of the family patriarch on Friday. The broadcaster said they did so after talking with sponsors and were likely worried about the bottom line — profit.
A&E released a statement which said since the remarks Mr. Robertson made in an interview with GQ and his suspension, he has made positive statements about acceptance and, A&E said, Mr. Robertson would "never incite or encourage hate."
The broadcaster also said they had discussions with the Louisiana family and with "numerous advocacy groups" about the suspension and Mr. Robertson's remarks before making their decision. There had been reports that other members of the family had suggested they may not work the show without Phil Robertson alongside them.
Robertson: Duck Dynasty star product of 60s
In that GQ interview, Mr. Robertson said gays and lesbians were sinners and compared them to adulterers, prostitutes and swindlers and compared their acts to bestiality. Shortly after the controversy erupted, with organizations such as GLAAD complaining about the remarks, and after his suspension was announced, the man who created the Duck Commander duck call released his own statement.
"I myself am a product of the 60s," Robertson's statement said. "I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. 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."
The show, with an audience of some 8 million viewers per episode, is on a hiatus and returns to the air on January 15. Nine of the next 10 episodes are already filmed and the family won't be back in front of the camera until sometime in March.
A petition to bring him back had reached over 250,000 signatures.
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