‘Duck Dynasty’ family releases statement

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The Robertson family has defended its patriarch and Christian faith in a first official media statement since A&E’s announcement on Dec. 18 to suspend Phil Robertson, following comments he made about homosexuality in an interview in the January edition of GQ magazine.

On their website the family thanked fans – thousands of whom on Thursday took to social media and online petitions to decry the suspension – for their “prayer and support” and reiterated a strong commitment to their Christian faith.

“We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word,” read the statement.

While the family acknowledged that Phil’s comments were “unfiltered” and “coarse,” it defended them as “grounded in the teachings of the Bible.”

Full Statement:

“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”



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