“Duck Dynasty” patriarch reinstated by A&E

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Phil Robertson

BATON ROUGE – The A&E Network announced Friday it has reinstated "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, 67.

Robertson was suspended indefinitely by the network Dec. 18 for remarks he made in an interview with GQ Magazine that homophobic and racist.

The fifth season of the reality series is scheduled to start Jan. 15 but its future had been uncertain after the family stated it could not imagine going forward without Robertson.

"While Phil's comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the 'coarse language' he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article," A&E said in a released statement "He also made it clear he would 'never incite or encourage hate.'"

Governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal also issued a statement following the reinstatement of Robertson.

"I am glad to hear that the folks at A&E came to their senses and recognized that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness," Jindal said. "Today is a good day for the freedoms of speech and religious liberty.

"The left is going to have to get accustomed to the fact that it does not have a monopoly on free speech and is not the only group who is permitted to voice its opinion in the public square. The left may control Hollywood, but they don't control the hearts and minds of a majority of Americans."