“Anti-Gay” Suspension Lifted for Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
Reality TV star Phil Robertson is back on our screens for hit show Duck Dynasty after his suspension earlier in December follow comments he made concerning homosexuality.
The A&E network has confirmed it would begin filming again “later in the spring” with all of the Robertson family. A statement from the network said: “The show is not just about one man’s views.”
Now in its fourth season, Duck Dynasty has broken a number of ratings records on cable TV as a whole, never mind A&E alone. The fourth season premiere drew in an audience of approaching 12 million, and, in August, A&E signed the entire Robertson clan to a multi-year deal worth over $200,000 an episode.
The statement continued: “The show resonates with a big audience because it centers on family –a family America has come to love.”
The Robertson clan, who live in Louisiana, are known for their traditional values and run a multi-million dollar business together making products for duck hunters.
Asked in an interview to describe sin, patriarch Phil Robertson said: “Start with homosexual behaviour and morph out from there.”
In response A&E suspended him from DuckDynasty, a move which sparked a nationwide debate on religion and tolerance. Season five is set to air in mid-January, with the suspension having no impact as it took place once filming was over.
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