A&E has placed Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay comments he made in GQ.
In the upcoming issue, on stands Dec. 24, Robertson discusses homosexuality, which he views as a sin. "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine," Robertson tells the magazine. "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson spews anti-gay comments in GQ profile
Robertson expanded his thoughts further in one of his more explicit comments. "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me," he said. "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."
Hours after Robertson's comments were published online, A&E Networks released a statement Wednesday saying they had taken action against Robertson for his remarks. "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," A&E said. "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."
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Additionally, Robertson also released a statement Wednesday in response to the controversy. While he did not back down from his stance, he said his comments were never meant to disrespect anyone. "I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior," the statement reads. "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. 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. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
What do you think of A&E's actions? Will you miss Robertson on Duck Dynasty?