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A&E on Phil Robertson’s suspension: Never mind





Via The Hollywood Reporter:

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people, won’t be put on hiatus after all.

The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season.

Well that was quick.  I guess it doesn’t make economic sense, after all, to alienate the largest audience you’ve ever had by trying to impress those who’ll never be in the audience anyway.  Shocking that.  Read more here.



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  • qtdb7

    Gov. Palin is right.
    A&E needs ‘Duck Dynasty’ more than ‘Duck Dynasty’ needs A&E.

    To democrats/liberals/Gay people:
    tolerance/diversity is a 2-way street.

    Gov. Palin, ‘Duck Dynasty’, and We the People are WINNING.
    Democrats/liberals are LOSING and PISSED off.

    About reading GQ magazine:
    We the People D.R., D.C. (don’t read, don’t care) about LIBERAL
    newspapers/magazines.

    We the People know who you democrats/liberals people are.
    You democrats/liberals people and ‘Walking DEBT’ Obama are
    trying to transform America into some STUPID SOCIALIST European utopia.

    Since when did democrats/liberals care about God?
    If democrats/liberals really care about God, then they would
    NOT SCREW/DISTORT with the U.S. Constitution eveyday.
    Democrats/liberals and communist China just want to KILL unborn babies.

    • Jthom26837

      Amen!!

  • TSM_Admin

    I think this is a turning point in cultural/political wars! After Cracker Barrel flip-flopped so fast, I didn’t hear of another retail business making anymore decisions/comments! Now A&E has changed!

    • excopconservative

      We can hope. We haven’t yet heard if any action will be taken against the A&E official who put his personal agenda above the health and well being of the company. Some things have changed though. The DD family now knows that it holds the balance of power in the relationship with A&E and A&E knows it too.

    • section9

      Don’t count your chickens.
      This will happen again. One of the tenets of progressivism is speech suppression.

      • hope4palins

        Another of their tenets is that they never give up.

        ever.

  • hrh40

    Not thrilled with the bit about the family and A&E doing PSAs about tolerance …

    Will have to see how that goes …

  • AZStandingBy

    But I thought they have already filmed most of the next season before he even said any of this? So the suspension was bogus anyway

    • John B. Hefmier

      Of course the suspension was bogus, like the fake outrage of Liberals going to the "Duck Dynasty" page since the announcement that Phil was "re-instated".

  • Jthom26837

    Hey Libs, here’s some salt into the wounds Palin Power Has inflicted on you. I love it. This news really makes my day.

    I Stand with Sarah Palin!!!

  • Charles Hurst

    Every once in a while we win. Thank you Phil and all of the silent majority who suddenly weren’t silent. A&E backs down

    As they should have.

    The comments we keep getting back are the Christian is a bigot. The Christian and right wing has no right to judge. That we can’t tell someone they can’t be gay.

    I never said that. I’ve said that I am more than tired of the homosexual community shoving their lifestyle on everyone else’s throat. The lifestyle is abnormal. It is deviant. And that’s just my opinion. They don’t agree. And that’s fine–they want to engage in it I’m not holding up a protest sign.

    They made themselves an enemy to me by deciding that I must accept it. That they have the right to teach deviance in public schools. That every baker must conform to baking gay wedding cakes regardless of the owners’ beliefs. That if you are on a television show then you have no right to an opinion unless it is pro gay. That if you are a Christian church you must reform your traditions to match the Progressive’s beliefs.

    So what’s next Mr Progressive. Plural marriages? Three parent transgender marriages and adoption? Because that’s what the Progressive sides with isn’t it? Anything abnormal we will label "evolved" and attempt to force it on everyone else.

    And like in my fiction, your moral breakdown will continue. And so will the breakdown of your nation. I don’t have to prove my point. Your children are proving it for me. Every day on the news.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

  • MaMcGriz

    Oh yeah…this will go away in just a minute…..

    not.

    • hope4palins

      A wheezing ROFL because of the wicked sarcasm.

  • MarkRNY

    But this can’t be!

    O’Reilly proclaimed (definitively) that the Robertson’s would be hurt by this…O’Reilly speaks for "The Folks"! (he’s single handedly winning the war on Christmas too. He said so. Before that he declared an embargo on France–and it worked…ask him)….The Robertson Factor??

    How has the Beltway fallen. GLAAD’s heading for the hills on this–the mighty GLAAD! (lol). Fringe kook absolutist tyrants seeking power (and getting their heads handed to them).

    14 Beltway/Chamber of Commerce/WSJ/FOX! 14 BOR!

    • indemind

      I like to call him Ted Baxter O’Really..The mans "A legend in his own mind"

      • MarkRNY

        The guy’s ego’s the size of Christies waste Inde. Something’s gotta give!

        • indemind

          LOL

    • hope4palins

      This needs about 100 up arrows, even though I suspect that you hijacked my brain on the Open Thread to get me to babble on about a serious post by TheresaAK on a bill in the OK Legislature by focusing on the first two words in her post (Oklahoma Bill) to draw a mental picture about a man from OK telling schools what was what re the Pledge. I’m not gonna accept blame for that Jabberwockian nonsense, I nominate you for it.

      Make that 200 up arrows for this. Also consider giving BOR 10 Onesies for his snarky explanation the day after he interviewed Gov. Palin that she only came on his show because he said that she was avoiding him. Maybe 15 for being a coward as well as an arrogant jerk.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    This is a fascinating story, and I suspect it is not over.

    Will Phil meet with progressive cleric Jesse Jackson, or will he refuse to buy Jackson’s indulgences for Jesse’s "forgiving" Phil of his "sins" against progressive orthodoxy? How much will Jesse’s indulgence cost? Who will pay for it?

    Will the PSAs include tolerance for Christians who do not approve of sodomy, or will they condemn Christians who do not approve of it as "intolerant"? Will "tolerant" be spun as "approval, only," by the speech police, and not just as tolerance in the usual sense?

    Does A & E now underwrite GLAAD as a major new corporate sponsor? Will GLAAD be a part of the PSAs? Will they be required to approve of Phil’s opinions? Will they even be required to tolerate them? Or is approval and tolerance only to be required of Christians, like Phil?

    Will GLAAD’s intolerance of Christians for their religious beliefs be condemned, or will the message of "intolerance" be restricted to Christians freely expressing their religious convictions?

    Will the Robertson clan walk away from A & E, and/or "Duck Dynasty?" They don’t need either. What price will A & E be willing to pay to keep them?

    Phil has a chance to drive a stake through the heart of the progressive game of coercion, humiliation, and payoffs by the politically correct mob’s extortion and protection rackets.

    A & E is still walking on eggshells. This story ain’t over. It has crystalized into a test of crypto-fascist progressive conformity vs. the traditional American values of individual freedom and the right to be left alone, Big Brother vs. the little guy. So far, the little guys are winning this one, for a change, but the game isn’t over, yet.

  • GoldenRod

    I suspect this whole episode was a set up by A & E and the Robertson family to garner more PR and increase viewership even more. Don’t you think the timing, just prior to the start of the new season, is more than just a coincidence? After all, this was not the first time Phil Robertson voiced his opinion on the subject matter.

  • JDCampbell

    The real issue this time around was about being tolerant of religious
    views as we would be tolerant of the gay lifestyle. You have the Left,
    the media and the networks promoting gays, but networks can profit off
    the DUCKS, but Christians need to sit in the back of the bus along with
    their views. The media wants to control the social agenda of America in
    their Leftist view and not for all Americans. So, you can have a gay
    family show, but no more Touched by an Angel because they talk about
    God.

    Disclaimer…
    Of course I personally would never promote the gay lifestyle because its not healthy, its unnatural and a sin against God and man. But hey, that’s just my two cents…

  • conservativemama

    Phil Robertson….Ted Cruz….Sarah Palin…..Margaret Thatcher….and of course… Ronald Reagan.

    These people have shown us how it’s done. How to stand up and stand strong in the face of withering attacks.

    Would you ever confuse Paul Ryan or any squishy RINO with any true conservative?

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