(THE TENNESSEAN) Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is putting "Duck Dynasty" items back on its shelves and apologizing to its customers.
The Lebanon-based restaurant and retailer said Sunday morning that it "made a mistake" Friday when it announced it would remove products associated with the reality show amid a controversy over a cast members' comments in a magazine interview.
The company says on its Facebook page that it had hoped to avoid offending customers by removing the products but had triggered a backlash instead. Cracker Barrel's initial announcement, also made on Facebook, has received more than 31,000 responses.
"You told us we made a mistake," the company said. "And, you weren't shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.
"We listened. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you."
Cracker Barrel had been one of the first retailers to announce it would stop selling "Duck Dynasty" after GQ magazine published an interview in which the show's Phil Robertson quoted a Biblical passage that equated homosexuality with theft, adultery, greed and drunkenness.
Many people consider Robertson's remarks to have been hostile to gays and lesbians, but others have defended him, saying he was simply expressing his religious beliefs.
Robertson also suggested racial relations in his native Louisiana were better before the civil rights movement.