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A&E ducks 'Dynasty' controversy - Robertson suspension overturned

(RNN) - After more than a week of backlash over their decision to suspend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, A&E has overturned his suspension.

Robertson was put on indefinite hiatus on Dec. 18 for comments he made about homosexuality, calling it "illogical" and a "sin" to GQ magazine.

In a statement released Friday, the network said "We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But 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."

"After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family."

After the suspension, fans of the hugely popular show flooded the network's Facebook with threats of a boycott.

The remainder of the Robertson family issued a statement saying they could "not imagine the show going forward without our patriarch," leaving Duck Dynasty's future in question.

Among other comments, Robertson told the magazine "[A woman has] 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." 

Robertson went on to say "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong. Sin becomes fine."

"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," he told the magazine before paraphrasing a portion of 1 Corinthians 6 from the Bible.

"Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

The family acknowledged that some of his "unfiltered comments" were "coarse," but insisted "Phil would never incite or encourage hate."

The show has been a ratings juggernaut for A&E. The show's August premiere brought in 11.8 million viewers. The fifth season is set to begin in January.

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