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'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch Phil Robertson's Suspension Already Lifted

 

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Feel free to file this under the "foregone conclusion" heading. Just over a week ago, a media firestorm erupted over 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson making anti-gay and racially insensitive comments in an issue of GQ Magazine. A&E quickly suspended Robertson from the series for the remarks, but a string of petitions and complaints were then filed by fans and supporters in protest, demanding Phil's suspension be lifted. Today, those folks got their wish.

A&E has now announced that 'Duck Dynasty's fifth season will resume filming this spring (as previously scheduled), and that Phil Robertson will be present in all episodes. If anyone is surprised by this, I'd question their naiveté. 'Duck Dynasty' is the single most profitable property that A&E Networks has ever had. The merchandise sales alone could buy a small island.

The other members of the Robertson clan have very clearly said that they would never dream of doing the show without their patriarch. If A&E had even considered forcing the issue, I have no doubt that the Robertsons would have walked. Remember, they were a family of millionaires way before they ever got a TV show. They don't need the work, or the money.

Honestly, I have my doubts as to whether A&E ever intended to discipline Robertson in any meaningful way. The show itself has been on its annual production hiatus (for duck hunting season) since late November. In other words, the week or so that Phil has been suspended were all days he was never expected to come to work anyway. That's like being suspended from school for the length of spring break. It's less than a slap on the wrist, it's a slap that didn't even connect.

Whatever your opinion of Robertson, his comments, or A&E's handling of them, I think we can all agree on one thing: This whole saga generated mountains of publicity for 'Duck Dynasty's fifth season, which just happens to premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10/9c. Funny how that turned out.


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Show:
- Duck Dynasty
Person:
- Phil Robertson
Network:
- A&E

Written by: msd85
Dec 27th, 2013, 9:48 am

Images courtesy of A&E

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 10:17 am
Jesus, Michael Stevenson's boyfr - if you are that unhappy then get urself a new boyfriend - instead of bitching sbout it. Thank fuck God is Gay is all I can say.
Michael Stevenson's boyfr

Message Posted On Jan 1st, 2014, 3:18 pm
Racially insensitive? Michael Stevenson, tell us what was racially insensitive about what Phil said! As usual you are wrong to the core. HAPPYHAPPYHAPPY others commenting on this can see you for who you really are.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 1st, 2014, 8:19 am
Shouldn't A+E be congratulated on the magnificent editing job they must do each season to make the "Duck Dags" seem compassionate and human? Obviously A+E cuts out the ugliness of their worst prejudices each week just to keep the show on air...Talk about doing anything to make a buck. Shame on you!
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 1st, 2014, 8:06 am
Obviously the world is being overpopulated by dumb-ass breeders who like to inflict their hatred of gays upon the rest of the world. 90% of Germans supported Hitler too - but it doesn't mean he or the Duck Dags are right. So how come it's okay to be homophobic but not racist? You can't pick and choose your biblical prejudices you know? Robertson supports slavery and kiddie fiddling (according to other posts here) - YUK!
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2013, 8:17 pm
I say shoot all the laddy-da liberals and PC assholes and leave real men to watch other real men at work and play. He didn't say anything that 90% of the world's population don't agree with. The 21st Century and minorities are still telling the majority what they should and shouldn't say. Bad news for the whole future of MEN and the world
In_Correct

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Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2013, 9:37 am

I think this was a publicity stunt. A&E should not be surprised at Phil Robertson's beliefs. If A&E really did not care for his beliefs, they should never have broadcast Duck Dynasty to begin with.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 31st, 2013, 1:22 am
The network shouldn't have fired him till, say, after everyone with sane beliefs boycots the show. (and yes, "sanity" if you think slaves were happy with their situation, you are deluded). However, the network shouldn't be able to fire anyone for whatever their crappy beliefs are....but neither are they required to employ someone despite them. Unless the person is saying their beliefs on their airtime, or claiming to represent them, it shouldn't factor into their choice directly. Its not about free speech (he was never going to get arrested), but it is a question of anti-discrimination. Related but not quite the same.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2013, 4:01 am
matt4848, Dude, it was a network overreaction to calm the sympathy sisters crowd. Even Jesse Jackson wants to jump on this bandwagon. Unfortunately it BACKFIRED big time. Now the network simply looks like a bunch of tools.
matt4848

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Since: 29/Feb/12
Message Posted On Dec 29th, 2013, 12:09 pm
Can you say "GIANT promotion plug, to get rednecks!?"
Anonymous Coward

Message Posted On Dec 29th, 2013, 8:21 am
i wonder if those who supported him after his display of homophiba and racism will change their minds now that video surfaced of him promoting pedophillia? or does his support for some fantasy figure mean you'll excuse that too? check out rawstory or youtube for video of him. Sorry, can't post links
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