by Tami Jackson
One week and two days after announcing its sanction against Phil Robertson for his comments calling homosexuality a sin, A&E announced today the Duck Dynasty Patriarch will be reinstated in the new season.
The GQ interview made headlines around the nation and sparked an uproar amongst millions of Duck Dynasty/Robertson family fans. The Robertson family have built a multi-million dollar enterprise from Phil’s duck call business, Duck Commander.
Originally A&E may have envisioned the show as a quirky reality show about a Louisiana family enamored with camo and duck hunting. But what the artsy A&E power brokers conceived as a spoof, became the highest rated reality show of all time, drawing an audience of 11+ million viewers.
Americans fell in love the the duck hunting family and their humor and biblical values. And every nuance that A&E thought would be a loser — no cussing, squeaky clean values, hunting and skinning animals, praying in Jesus’ name — actually did the opposite! People of faith flocked to the show!
In an era where most so-called comedies are devoid of real humor and often showcase abnormal and perverse family structures, the Robertson clan is intact and overflowing with clean humor and faith.
A&E announced today:
“While Phil’s comments made in the (GQ) interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.’”
“Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family, a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A&E Networks also feel strongly about.
“So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”
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