UPDATE Thursday 9 p.m.:
The Robertson family released a statement Thursday evening saying they can't imagine Duck Dynasty going forward without their patriarch at the helm and that they are in discussions with the network to see what that means for the future of the show.
The statement, posted on the family's website, said while some of Phil's unfiltered comments to the GQ reporter were coarse, that Phil's beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible.
On Wednesday, A&E put Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus after making anti-gay remarks in the January issue of GQ.
The family also said they've spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision and are disappointed Phil was "placed on hiatus for expressing his faith.
Official Robertson family statement from duckcommander.com:
"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."
UPDATE 8:40 p.m.:
"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 in a statement, which was reported byThe Hollywood Reporter. "His personal views in no way reflect those of
ORIGINAL STORY: Duck Dynasty is featured in a big spread in the January issue of GQ magazine.
And in the story, titled "What the Duck?" Phil Robertson, founder of the
"We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television. ... You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let's get on with it, and everything will turn around."
And on the subject of sin, he says:
"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 says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: "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."
He goes on to say, "It seems like, to me," a woman "would be more desirable ...That's just me. 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."
GLAAD has issued a statement condemning the remarks as "littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation."
Says GLAAD spokesman
GLAAD says it has reached out to A&E to see if the network stands behind Robertson's comments.
UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: Robertson has issued a statement in response:
"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. 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."