A&E Lifts Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s Suspension

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duck-dynastyAfter being faced with a firestorm of criticism, A&E has lifted the suspension they had initially given the Duck Commander, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. New episodes will begin filming in the spring with Phil Robertson included. A&E is over the network just announced Phil Robertson is no longer suspended and filming will resume in a few months. The company put him on an “indefinite hiatus” on December 18, following statements he made to GQ magazine about his beliefs.

Then the Robertson family released their statement, “as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm”

“As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the 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.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But 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.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”

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