Phil Robertson's family questions future of 'Duck Dynasty'

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 20, 2013 

One of television's most-popular shows may be in jeopardy.

Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson family starring in reality show 'Duck Dynasty' on A&E, was suspended this week for anti-gay comments in GQ magazine.

And on Thursday night, the Robertson family issued a statement questioning whether the show would be able to continue at all. In the statement, released on the Duck Commander website, the family says it "cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm."

It is scheduled for a new season on A&E in January.

Here is the full statement from the Robertsons:

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

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