Phil Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty reality show following anti-gay comments he made in an interview with GQ magazine.
A & E Networks said in a statement that the Robertson family patriarch had been placed on indefinite hiatus.
“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>>,” the company 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.”
Phil Robertson, 67, caused controversy with his comments, in which he grouped gays with “drunks” and “terrorists,” and said that they won’t “inherit the kingdom of God.”
Asked what he considered sinful, Phil Robertson told GQ magazine: “Start with homos**ual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Phil Robertson has described himself as a product of the ’60s who engaged in the s**, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but has since embraced Jesus Christ as his savior.
GLAAD excoriated Phil Robertson for the interview, accusing him of pushing “vile and extreme stereotypes.”
“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,” GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz said.
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