'Duck Dynasty' Star Phil Robertson Allowed Back In Lightening Fast Reversal


Phil Robertson and FamilyFriday, A&E announced that popular patriarch and foot-in-mouth homophobe Phil Robertson would indeed, be welcomed back into the Duck Dynasty fold. Barf. This announcement came hot on the tails of A&E's fervent disavowal of Robertson's offensive statements, which caused them to ban him from the show. 

Their initial decision to censure Phil was absolutely the right call. But if it was all going to be for the sake of putting up a front, then why bother banning him at all in the first place? Stupid, stupid, and stupid thrice. Both A&E and the Robertson clan were quick to issue statements about Phil's return. Though well-penned, each had me rolling my eyes so far back that now I know what color my brain is: Puce, you guys. Who knew?! 

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A&E seems to think that Robertson has learned his lesson. If he has, it's no thanks to their slap on the wrist. They talk a big game, but ultimately, like any T.V. network, they seem to just be in it for the benjamins. This controversy was probably more free publicity than they thought possible. A&E says:

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.

While they make a good point speaking about forgiveness, there's a difference between forgiving and glossing over. It seems to me like they are doing the latter. The Robertson family released a statement (predictably) to Fox News

We are excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support. We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through 'Duck Dynasty' and our many projects that we are currently working on. 

This is good news to all the show's fans who no doubt have really been worried about its future. Still, it doesn't sit well with me. As entertaining as I find the show to be (and I do), all of these faux-apologies feel like way too little way too late. 

What do you think of A&E's decision?


Image via A&E

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adamat34 adamat34


Although I doubt the reversal had anything.to do with being the.right thing, its about money....period.

belon... belongs2Jesus

"Their initial decision to censure Phil was absolutely the right call." translation the intolerant left are the only ones that has a right to an opinion.

T.M. T.M.

A&E shouldn't have gotten involved in the first place.

nonmember avatar Anner

Just goes to show that the almighty dollar is more important than ethics. Sorry A&E you are blocked on my TV

nonmember avatar jessi

Im extatic that he'll be back on the show. In my opinion it's a hilarious show and it wouldnt be the same without him. Now I am nowhere near a homophobe but the fact he was gonna be take off the show for expressing his opinion is just ridiculous. He's a very religious man and was just expressing his religious views and beliefs. I dont see what the big deal is.

nonmember avatar jenna

i wish there was one single writer for this website that wasnt a leftist and didnt spew such hateful commentary. you dont hear conservatives asking you to stop giving your opinion.

nonmember avatar GOODGRIEF

Good, I can now watch A&E again. Unlike others, I do know how to change the channel--

Taisie Taisie

Maybe someone should censor you for calling him a "foot-in-mouth homophobe",  I mean seriously, that sounds like a "personal attack" to me, why is it okie for you to say the things you say about him, in this article, but yet he wasn't free to say what he said? What makes you so privileged?

miche... micheledo

I don't watch the show.  I didn't have a major problem with his comments.  I also didn't have a problem with A&E removing him from the show.

I do have a problem with apologies that are only made to save face.  With taking a stand unless it affects your bottom dollar.  If you believe in something enough to take a stand, don't apologize and stand firm - even if it means losing money.

I don't think much of your belief if you backtrack to save face or appease the masses.  

nonmember avatar Doxie

What do I think of A&E's decision? It makes more sense than your ignorant, biased story.

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