A&E Suspends Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Following Anti-Gay Comments
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ," A&E tells PEOPLE
Duck Dynasty is down a star.
A&E, which airs the reality show that follows the duck-hunting and duck call-creating Robertson family, has suspended patriarch Phil Robertson indefinitely from filming following his anti-gay comments printed in GQ.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” says a statement from the network that was sent to PEOPLE. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
In his interview with GQ, Robertson, 67, used stereotypes to describe certain groups and likened homosexuality to bestiality.
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job,” Robertson also said. “We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists.”
GLAAD slammed the comments. “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” spokesperson Wilson Cruz said in a statement.
After a request for comment, Robertson, 67, released a statement to PEOPLE: “My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together,” he said. “However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity.”
Duck Dynasty will return to A&E with new episodes in January. Robertson will be seen in those episodes, but he will not be filming any new episodes due to his suspension.