Duck Dynasty patriarch off A&E show over homosexuality remarks
5:06 AM, Dec 19, 2013
6:35 AM, Dec 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview.
In a statement Wednesday, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in Gentleman's Quarterly magazine.
His beliefs are personal and don't reflect the views of A&E or the show itself, the channel said.
Robertson has been placed on an indefinite hiatus from filming the hit reality show, which follows a colorful Louisiana family that manufactures duck calls. "Duck Dynasty" has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series.
In the interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson put gays into the company of others who are sinners, including adulterers and swindlers.
"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine."
"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 says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
Robertson's interview appears in the January issue.