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Phil Robertson back on 'Duck Dynasty'

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Phil Robertson back on 'Duck Dynasty'

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Dec 27, 2013

After abrasive anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson, "Duck Dynasty" patriarch, was suspended from the hit on A&E Network.  

However, after countless fan support, including: a petition on, Facebook support page, and #StandWithPhil hashtag on Twitter, the network has lifted the suspension.

A&E has released an official statement saying, "'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." Further stating, "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 clear he would 'never incite or encourage hate,'" published People.

PSAs will begin airing on A&E, "promoting unity, tolerance, and acceptance among all people," as filming with the entire cast resumes in the Spring.


Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.