Supporters rally behind "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson after he is suspended from show for slamming homosexuality in GQ interview. (Reuters)
Phil Robertson’s family and “Duck Dynasty” co-stars said in a statement Thursday that they “can’t imagine” the show going forward without their family’s patriarch, and that they are discussing the future of the program with A&E.
The statement comes after Robertson was suspended by A&E for his comments about homosexuality in a GQ article. Fans of the show — which consistently pulls in the highest ratings of any cable show, have reacted over the suspension. And conservative politicians aiming to boost their bona fides with those fans have also weighed in.
Here’s the full statement the Robertson family posted on its Web site:
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.
The fifth season of  “Duck Dynasty” is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 15.  Read more about what the scandal means for A&E from The Post’s Emily Yahr here.
What do you think? Does the scandal over Phil Robertson’s comments mean the end of the “dynasty”? Is there a way for the show to go forward without Phil in the cast? Tell us in the comments.