Prepare yourselves, “Duck Dynasty” fans: Phil Robertson has officially been suspended from the A&E reality series.
Following the release of his interview in GQ magazine's latest edition this week, in which the 67-year-old Duck Commander Company founder calls the homosexual lifestyle a “sin,” Robertson was suspended from the program Wednesday. “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’,” said the A&E network in a statement, adding, “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”
Following Robertson’s anti-gay statement, A&E confirmed that the longtime star of the hit series would be put on an indefinite hiatus from filming. In other words, that means that it may be a while before “Duck Dynasty” fans get a glimpse of Robertson on the small screen again, if ever. The good news for fans? A&E's statement doesn't confirm that Robertson will be absent from the season 5 premiere of "Duck Dynasty" set to air Jan. 15.
Robertson, a self-described “Bible-thumper,” first made headlines this week after his interview, in which he shared his disapproval of the LBGT community, was published in the January issue of GQ magazine. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” said Robertson. “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,” he later added.
Prior to Robertson’s suspension from the series, GLAAD responded to the reality star’s comments, the gay-rights organization calling his opinions on the LGBT community un-Christian. “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," said a GLAAD spokesperson in a statement, adding, “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans -- and Americans -- who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors, who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families."