A&E’s Suspension of Phil Robertson All a Facade to Give Appearance of Support to Gay Community… Phil Robertson Will Return?

A&E’s Suspension of Phil Robertson All a Facade to Give Appearance of Support to Gay Community… Phil Robertson Will Return?

UPDATE: There seems to be some confusion circling around this story. The title ends with a question mark and there is NO CONFIRMATION that Phil is back. There are pre-recorded episodes of the next season, and A&E has no intention of pulling them. Again, there is NO CONFIRMATION that Phil is back. All that is here is a source close to the situation saying A&E would never walk away from the show.

A lot of media sources are beginning to claim the entire A&E discrimination scenario was just a PR stunt aimed at getting the gay community to back off. The chatter suggests Duck Dynasty, A&E’s biggest and most lucrative show, was never really on the verge of collapse and Phil Robertson was never on the chopping block.

Mr. Conservative has more.

It has now been revealed that Phil Robertson will be returning to Duck Dynasty on January 15. A&E said they have no plans to fire the star.

It appears as though the war on Phil Robertson and his freedoms of free speech and religions aren’t quite so savage.  Although A&E declared they were suspending the star “indefinitely, ” it was apparently only a façade for the gay community as sources say they still intend to air episodes featuring Robertson .

A new statement is out by a source close to the situation that makes it clear A&E has no real intention of actually suspending Phil Robertson.

But what about his suspension—is A&E going to stand by their statement?

A source close to the situation stated that, “There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show. We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds.”

Apparently they’re not done milking this money cow yet as once again, money has proven dominance over morals.

While this should have Robertson supporters continuing in outrage because the network basically used us as pawns (if true) for an attempt to throw a PC bone to the gay community, it gives the LGBT groups a much blacker eye. It basically says to those LGBT groups that A&E doesn’t actually view Robertson’s statement as something warranting the removal of his role in the show.

So the gay community got absolutely nothing here (again, if true). And a new movement with teeth was born on behalf of Phil Robertson’s right to speak his views and do so without discrimination.

Quite an interesting turn of events if true!

  • Jean Nelson

    Well, Phil know who his friends are now

  • Diamanical Johnson

    In all fairness the gay community did get something here, they got excellent coverage that demonstrated their total intolerance for anyone that does not cherish their lifestyle.

    • Melvin Cantley

      And the fact that CNN loves to censor anyone without their views

      Metal community is better anyway. m/

      • Glenda LaHaye

        It was a gay CNN commentator that stated Mr Robertson had a right to his opinion.

        • Melvin Cantley

          My opinion still stands on both fronts. That still doesn’t change the fact that CNN was censoring and deleting comments.

          There’s also the fact that Dave Mustaine openly admitted that he didn’t support gay marriage and you didn’t see NEARLY as many people b***hing about it as you do on these posts.

          • Glenda LaHaye

            I don’t know who Dave Mustaine is. And I just wanted o point out that not everyone at CNN is on the band wagon. It gives me hope when one of them thinks for themselves :)

    • Glenda LaHaye

      Let’s be clear. It was GLAAD and their ilk. Not everyone in the LGBT community supports what they did.

    • Glenda LaHaye

      Let’s be clear. It was GLAAD and their ilk. Not everyone in the LGBT community supports what they did.

      • Diamanical Johnson

        Yes there were thousands of people in the LGBT community who were speaking out in Phil’s defense, it was almost deafening…
        /sarcasm

        • myselfBtru

          I haven’t seen thousands, but I have noticed quite a few AA and LGBT who have commented with their support of Phil’s right to speak, and that many have stated they were not offended by his comments. (to be fair)

          • Diamanical Johnson

            Where?
            Certainly haven’t been enough of them to garner any media attention.
            I’m not disputing that there were none, I haven’t saw it, when I see some significant public outlast at them from members of their community then I’ll believe it. I’m fine with them howling and screaming about whatever they want to, just like phil they have every right to do so, but when I hear they saying “Oh woe is us” I can only chuckle, and say to myself Pot meet Kettle….

          • myselfBtru

            ok, so maybe I have read through way too many of these posts these past few days. I have noticed a few standing up for Phil that claim he did not offend them. But, seriously?! You really expect the media to cover their opinions??? ;)

          • Sam

            I’ve read a lot of posts also, I went back looking for one video that I couldn’t find of a well-known lesbian commentator that said she wasn’t offended (I don’t remember her name), and saw at least a dozen posts by people who say they are gay and not offended including one guy who says he watches Duck Dynasty regularly and enjoys the show. So yes they are out there.

          • Ollie

            even Obama-gay admitted that is one of the shows he watches and allows his daughters to watch, but that was said and done before the controversy started, since then “SILENCE” from the WH

          • Missgirl56

            The media is not going to report on LGBT who support Phil. That would diminish the controversy they are trying to stir up.

          • Randy Scobee

            Diamanical, just because the lame street media hasn’t given it any attention doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. They want to give as many black eyes to conservatives as they possibly can.

          • Jennifer Grace Dill

            Yea, just like the other day they had someone on their page post a picture of Phil dressed as the Grand Dragon of the KKK. Yea you gotta love their tolerance (smh)!

        • Glenda LaHaye

          http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2013/12/21/gay-cnn-commentator-defends-duck-dynastys-robertson/ Or http://www.debbieschlussel.com/68078/gay-tmz-hostowner-harvey-levin-defends-phil-robertson-attacks-ae-as-so-dishonest/

          The noise may not have been deafening but you clearly weren’t listening. And it is as much an offense to those within the LGBT community who doe respect his right to his opinion to lump them in the the “tolerant intolerant” as it is to lump all Christians in with true bigots and racists.

      • RightUnite

        I have to say I saw a couple….. Two…. Yeah…. Two… Hehehehe…

    • Michael Rice

      They also got a tongue lashing from a few liberals.

    • RightUnite

      No… They got excellent coverage of their severe butthurt…. ;-)

  • Eric

    They had already filmed season 5. They weren’t going to go through and cut him out of all the scenes, especially now that they realize how much money they’re going to lose out on

  • Masta P

    Proof read the story, intention, not attention.

    • http://libertynews.com/ Eric Odom

      Thanks and fixed!

  • Guest

    The Jan 15 shows were already recorded before this happened. Are they just trying to get everyone to watch these last shows or as I wrong about this..

    • Corkie Smith

      LOL …. we ain’t stupid….we just look like this

  • Teresa Montgomery

    That just sounds like A&E is trying to back peddle now that they’ve seen the backlash of their initial decision to suspend Mr. Robertson. And I do not believe for one moment that they used that as a “facade”. I believe suspending him was their intention all along.

  • Annette

    Were not these shows filmed before this all happened? Are they just trying to get everyone to watch?

  • Eileen Riddle-Johnson

    I had also heard that season 5 is already “in the can”. It is the property of A & E. They aren’t going to loose any more money than they have to – this is after all – all about money for them. I do not think they expected or know what to do with the response from Phil’s supporters. I still think the Robertson’s should start shopping for another network. They also don’t really need the tv gig – they were millionaires before A & E, and will be so long after A&E is just a blimp on nobody’s screen.

  • disqus_rcaZrtIIZM

    BOY WHAT A MESS

  • Karen Bush

    Had no attention of firing the star? Learn some grammer..money wins over morals? Contitution wins over liberal bull shit is more like it. If you dont like the freedoms afforded to us in the constitution, go live somewhere else.

  • lanslot

    If they would have had some company follow them it may have been different. Was only Cracker Barrel that bit and they realized their mistake within 24hrs and corrected it so it left A&E alone out on a limb! Under Armour and Walmart knew immediatley that they were gonna get hurt bigtime if they followed the PC line! I am guessing A&E leaked this out to quell the outrage!

  • Kenneth James Abbott

    I strongly suspect that this “we never planned to really fire him” idea only showed up when they realized just how serious we were about taking our business elsewhere.

    • lanslot

      Exactly! They leaked this story to calm things down!

  • Eric Mc Cullough

    Ow fuck the hypocrite gays of this world you’re opinion shouldn’t matter if his don’t! Fucks are brainwashing plagues and will be dealt with in a timely fashion. 3/4 of all molestation is same sex and is usually priests go figure.

  • Michael Hicks

    They ought to still move out of A&E for the crap that they put them thru over all of this.

  • roddaddy

    if you believe this crap, you are high. A&E saw their viewers going right out the door, thats why they wont fire phil now. A&E was wrong and they know it, so we win one for God ans free speech yayyyyy

  • Pamela A

    This is probably their way of getting by without saying they’re sorry.

  • Proud2bfromtheUSA

    I do not care I will never watch A& E again,

  • Shea Gregory

    They already have the episodes recorded…why would they not air their money maker….where did this info come from to verify it’s validity?

    • Angela Sanderson

      I was wondering the same thing. all it says is “a source close to the situation”… sounds like a load of crap to me.

    • Angela Sanderson

      I was wondering the same thing. all it says is “a source close to the situation”… sounds like a load of crap to me.

      • Shea Gregory

        yeah i think i will hold off watching until they issue a televised public announcement….from producers to him…or even better on the show its self….too many lies going about…..

      • Shea Gregory

        yeah i think i will hold off watching until they issue a televised public announcement….from producers to him…or even better on the show its self….too many lies going about…..

        • Angela Sanderson

          I agree, I understand wanting to get some PR but this was not the way to do it!!! I love the show and I hope they choose another network. a hunting network would be good considering what their favorite past time and their business is and CMT fits the “redneck” in them. personally, I find A&E to be the most offensive ones.

        • Nanaof3kids

          They should make a public apology to the Robertson family and admit that the Bible is the true source of Phils beliefs.

  • Angela Sanderson

    reallly?? that’s all I know to say, I’m just speechless…

  • Angela Sanderson

    reallly?? that’s all I know to say, I’m just speechless…

  • billybob1952

    The picked the right season to give it a test run… Duck season…

  • billybob1952

    The picked the right season to give it a test run… Duck season…

  • jbirdak

    “Apparently they’re not done milking this money cow yet as once again, money has proven dominance over morals.”

    It appears to me that morals has proven dominance over money. Also the freedom of speech.

  • jbirdak

    “Apparently they’re not done milking this money cow yet as once again, money has proven dominance over morals.”

    It appears to me that morals has proven dominance over money. Also the freedom of speech.

  • mainermom

    The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. (this is the whole problem in a nutshell.)

  • Barry52

    Could it be the Liberals were testing the waters and almost got their arses drowned? Sounds like it. I think the US isn’t quite as on the lost path as I thought. Thank God for that.

  • madgrandma

    Do they not know they cannot serve two masters? You cannot get sweet water from a bitter pool.

  • Kathy Garcia

    that’s the best cover story you could make up to appease the people who will boycott your decision?????????????SORRY NOT FALLING FOR IT

  • deedee

    The new shows that start 1/15/14 will have him in them if you remember they had some of them already taped b4 this happen come on a& e stop lying

  • Dwight

    I posted this on December 20: I’ve heard there is no such thing as bad publicity. I think A&E knows this.

    Suppose that Phil has been suspended. It means nothing. Reruns are showing now. Programming has not changed over the holidays. In fact, isn’t there more than one DD marathon scheduled.

    Aren’t several of the new season shows already filmed? With Phil?

    By that time we are into March. Phil has been suspended for at least two months. Nothing real has happened except that A&E has gotten more publicity than they could ever have bought.

    A&E wins. Big

    • Tammy Clemons

      You’re failing to see the real point that this family will walk away from this without batting an eye, A&E is seriously trying to figure out how to fix what they messed up

  • shauneesmom

    Personally, I think they are just protecting their “cash cow”. Funny how this information is “leaked” after the show of support for Phil Robertson. Truth is, the want a slice of EVERYONE’s dollar….period!! I do NOT believe for one second that this was all a “ruse”. I think they know this is serious and I also think they saw the attention that Cracker Barrel received. If I were the Robertsons, I would let A&E KEEP the Duck Dynasty name and all of the episodes that they have produced thus far and then do something under the Duck Commander name (with somewhat a change in format….but with keeping as many as the family members as wanted to be involved) and I would approach the Outdoor Channel with it. The original Duck Commander videos and such were primarily about hunting……so make it about hunting with a little bit of the crazy antics of Si and Jase (and the rest of the family). And maybe with this tweeking of the format……the Robertsons could keep their prayer at the end of their show in tact WITHOUT editing. Folks that are opposed to hunting, guns and Jesus……probably don’t watch the Outdoor Channel anyway…..so no risk of (intentional or unintentionally) offending ANYONE!! What a concept!! I love Phil Robertson! I think he is a man that shoots “straight from the hip” and I also think folks (closest to him) always know where they stand with him.

  • Cody Sweeny

    This seems to show that the god of money rules everyone. Including a television station that I thought to be ethically moral within the limits of society. I guess I was wrong thinking that A&E isn’t ran by the fuel that drives all hypocrites. Money.

  • toohottohandle

    GLAAD will lose their federal funding anyway.

  • Michael Mills

    Ok, this only reconfirms what was previously known. Which is that Phil is “suspended” but that the pre-recorded episodes with him in them would continue as planned. That’s what has been said all along. Unless there is more than what is being reported here, from my read, this article only rehashes what was disclosed last week. A&E never indicated that he was “fired” only suspended from any new taping which wasn’t going to occur until next year ANYWAYS…. It doesn’t detract from the statements they made nor their release of information that he was ‘suspended”.

    Whether they had plans to actually follow through with it or not is completely irrelevant. Further, the idea that A&E would basically “make it up” (which is basically kinda what I’m hearing in this article) would imply that A&E doesn’t care about losing MILLIONS of fans week to week during this “suspension” or whatever you wish to call it. They are a business and ultimately look at it from a business perspective. If anything I’m hearing the old “nothing to see here folks false alarm” story starting to come out from A&E which tells me they didn’t plan on the backlash they are receiving and are trying to backpeddle while saving face to the LGBT “community” at the same time.

    • shauneesmom

      Exactly!!! They are in the business to make money….period!! The “suspension” is just buying them some time to try to figure out how they can “spin” this situation so they can come out looking like everybody’s friend. Make no mistake about it……they want a little change from everyone’s dollar they just haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet.

  • Jeff Crawford

    If I was the Robertson Family, I’d tell A&E to take a hike and take the program elsewhere. A&E is only back peddling because of the backlash from viewers.

  • Barbara Whipps James

    well lets see its all ready been stated that the shows that premiere on jan 15 2014 have all ready been done, so ya, A & E really wont be using him just the shows that have all ready been taped,
    but after that are they going to keep him on the show?see they are looking for the numbers to their shows but are they being honest?remember they are after the money, and also the first few episodes they planted in swear words because they wanted more dissension on the show and felt it was a good way till phil told them no more, so can A & E be trusted?

  • Mark Wallace

    My point of view… the person who deserved “suspending” more appropriately would be the A&E EMPLOYEE that wrote the original article – if there was anywhere down the chain of events that the fact of Phil’s Christian POV should have been or could have been censored, it would have been the purvey of the A&E writer who penned the original article – that is to say, if they were all that rabid about the point in the first place, they had every opportunity to spin it however they wanted right up front.

    Oh, my, look at all of the free publicity we got from our own self-inflicted stink.

    The writer at the TV guide who slung all of the vitriol also deserves a round of applause for the ridiculous LGBT bullying… for all that the community whines about how badly they’re “bullied” they sure don’t seem to have any qualms about being on the stone throwing side of the equation. I have some pretty close connections with LGBT community members (family included) and they are some of the most fervent bullies I have ever known.

    • Gina Hartsock-Pennington

      Not trying to be snotty but FYI GQ did an interview of Phil, it wasn’t A&E…..You should go read it if you can handle the gross language……anyway, it was definitely a set up. Being from the south I find the whole article stupid…..I mean heck we all wear camo and guns on the hip…LOL. It is quiet sickening the way they portray anyone in the south in my opinion.

      • Lebowski12

        Shh Do NOT tell them that! You should embrace it and use it to your advantage. Besides even more yankees will move down here and try to make it like the crap hole they left.

        • Gina Hartsock-Pennington

          They tried that once, still say we didn’t lose or give up that time…..LOL

      • Mark Wallace

        Gina – I may well have had bad information; at some point, I read that the writer of the article was an A&E employee, but that the article was published in GQ.

  • Gina Hartsock-Pennington

    Come on people….If you have followed this you know Phil was already in the first shows of the season, and A&E actually stated that he would be in those shows, but not the ones after…In addition, Phil was not fired, but suspended indefinitely from appearing on the show…Lastly, we know the Robertsons, do you really believe they would be part of a scam like this. If you followed you saw their comments and it didn’t sound like they thought it was a scam. I think A&E wants to pull a scam on everyone.

  • signs of the times

    Yeah… it wouldnt surprise me because now it is reported that Duck Dynasty merchandise is selling out… just before Christmas! How lucrative.

  • Nanaof3kids

    God will be honored regardless of the outcome of this. We need to remember that the LGBT is being led by satan and he will never conquer God no matter what anybody on this earth does. Pray that the Robertsons and all of us will be a shinning light for God and His truth.

  • Sam

    A&E hasn’t given up anything. They are using smoke and mirrors to make people think something that’s not quite true. Most of next seasons episodes have already been filmed and Phil will not be put into anything that hasn’t already been filmed. So Phil will be in new episodes this coming season, but they are NOT going to put him into anything that hasn’t yet been filmed. A&E is hoping that the public will cool down and forget what has happened and start watching again without A&E apologizing or admitting their mistake. They are trying to make Phil supporters think they have a victory through a carefully worded deception. I’m not falling for it.

    • Diamanical Johnson

      Are you seriously so mentally hobbled to think that if A&E didn’t put Phil in new episodes that were being filmed that word wouldn’t get out?

      • Sam

        Where has A&E said that they are going to put him in episodes that haven’t been filmed yet? All that’s in this article is unsubstantiated rumor by “a source close to the situation”. Read the article again and pay attention this time. Nothing in it says he is definitely going to be in episodes that haven’t been filmed yet. Mentally hobbled. Gotta remember that one.

        • Diamanical Johnson

          The first episode that gets filmed that he is not allowed to be in because of this and this whole situation blows up again.
          I couldn’t care less about the show, that reality TV tripe makes my eyes bleed, just the thought of it.

  • Mark

    So is this really a ploy – like removing Coca-Cola from shelves and then bringing it back – as Coca-Cola Classic?

  • Tammy Clemons

    They realizing they killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. The family will never film without him. Stupid A&E, should have just put a disclaimer on it

  • Carl Gottstein

    Ya have to love it when a plan comes together. 1.5 million fans. Thank you A&E <3

  • Deborah Byington

    uuummm isnt 1/15 when their new season starts ?

  • Redniner

    A&E needs the Robertsons; the Robertsons – multi–millionaire entrepreneurs in their own right, don’t need A&E. I suspect A&E initially thought that they were buying another “Beverly Hillbillies” and their audience could laugh at the hicks’ antics. Then they discovered that their audience was actually identifying with these fun-loving, family-oriented, God-fearing people. It didn’t quite fit the marketing plan. Funny how these things turn out!

  • RightUnite

    I hope not…. Time to change networks…..

  • Erica

    Can’t anyone see the whole thing is propaganda? News today is designed to sway people’s opinions one way or another, there is no REAL news anymore, it is all based on what sells and the almighty dollar. With the invention of the internet, photoshop, the FBI, the CIA, and all those manipulative sources, there is no way anyone can tell what is true or not true these days, so just live, love, laugh and be happy, the heck with all the BS.

  • needtosay

    I am going to continue boycotting A&E until I have seen an official statement saying A&E will lifting the suspension of Phil Robertson. This feels like they are trying to con us into thinking Phil has been reinstated so we will watch the episodes they have in the cab already. Not falling for it.

  • dj

    A&E got a backlash as well as Cracker Barrel……I think MOST Americans are fed up the PC correctness in which only liberal morons are allowed to speak opinions without being put in the spotlight…..look at all the ignorant things we hear out of Hollywood? IF the liberals can speak their moronic minds then they need to stfu and listen to someone who actually has to use their brain to make a living…..

  • Pat

    A&E should walk away from it, why not prove their commitment to the 3 % and their uttter lack of respect for the for the 14, 000,000 redneck viewers. Bet Polosi and Reid are at home sipping wine and wonder why there is such a fuss.