"Duck Dynasty" patriarch suspended for homophobic comments

Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely after comments to GQ condemning "sin" of homosexuality

Published December 19, 2013 2:20AM (EST)

Phil Robertson, the star of hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" on A&E, has been suspended indefinitely following homophobic comments in a GQ interview, reports Variety.

Robertson, the father of a family of duck-call manufacturers and TV personalities, told the magazine his feelings on homosexuality:

It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.

A&E today released the following statement:

We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.

Robertson has at least one defender -- Sarah Palin. The Tea Party personage said on Facebook:

Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.

A new season of "Duck Dynasty" premieres January 15.

By Daniel D'Addario

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