Bowing to Pressure, A&E Revokes Suspension of ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star

December 28th, 2013

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Phil Robertson, middle, with sons Jase, still left, and Willie. The loved ones basically threatened to give up the worthwhile actuality display.

The indefinite suspension of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the household at the middle of the A&ampE Network’s huge scores strike “Duck Dynasty,” became definite Friday — at zero episodes. The network declared he would not be suspended after all.

A&ampE unveiled a assertion, noteworthy each for its concessions to the Robertson family’s refusal to settle for the suspension as well as its timing — at shut of company on Friday of a vacation weekend on the slowest week of the 12 months in the amusement company.

The base line: Phil Robertson will resume perform on the present when it commences taping new episodes in the spring.

The network moved to suspend Mr. Robertson on Dec. 18 following feedback he made about homosexual individuals in a magazine job interview. At the time A&ampE explained the feedback, which explained homosexual acts in crude terms and labeled them a sin, as incredibly disappointing and not reflective of the community, which regarded by itself “champions of the L.G.B.T. community.”

The suspension stirred an uproar amongst followers of the show and also conservative political and spiritual leaders. More than 250,000 signed a petition demanding Phil Robertson’s reinstatement. Cries of anti-Christian bias from renowned Republicans like Sarah Palin and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana also followed.

Much more ominously, the family members issued a statement saying in effect there would be no show without their patriarch.

On Friday, A&ampE bowed to the stress and introduced a new assertion, accompanying the information that Mr. Robertson would miss no episodes. The assertion cited Mr. Robertson’s afterwards remarks that his sights ended up in no way supposed to “incite or inspire detest,” as well as the way the Robertson family’s interaction in the present demonstrated values like “unity, tolerance and forgiveness.”

A&ampE also promised to initiate a public provider marketing campaign endorsing these values.

“Duck Dynasty” is by considerably the greatest-rated show on A&ampE. It has also turn into a marketing powerhouse. Merchandise based mostly on the demonstrate is marketed in six departments in Walmart merchants, and the “Duck Dynasty” Christmas album, “Duck the Halls,” which characteristics Mr. Robertson, has bought much more than 700,000 copies since it was launched. Market insiders predicted that the controversy would increase sales.

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