Did A&E Fire Phil Robertson to Boost Ratings?

Marketing is everything. You’ve heard the adage that that the only bad publicity is no publicity. Deep throat said, “Follow the Money.” The folks at A&E aren’t stupid. They know Duck Dynasty is a multi-million-dollar property. Would they throw that much money away to placate a segment of the population that does not watch the show?

How much do you want to bet that some smart marketing guy came to the uppity-ups at A&E and said something like this:

"Let's fire Phil Robertson. We're all agreed. But let's do it to make even more money. Let me explain.

“You’ve got a gold mine here. Duck Dynasty is your highest rated show. It’s making you tens of millions of dollars. Do you want to throw all that money away to satisfy a small group of people who probably never heard of Duck Dynasty until two days ago?

“Have you seen the audience reaction? These fans are pulling for this Phil Robertson guy and all the other Duckers. Get on the gravy train. There’s money to be made.

“The blogosphere is going crazy for this bearded patriarch. Whatever they’re selling, you better have it in stock.

"You've got another problem on your hands with the openly homosexual A&E stars Chris Morelli and Tad Eaton who just said "man ass beats vagina any day of the week." Are you going to fire these guys too?

Someone at the table asks a question: “What about GLAAD and other pro-homosexual groups?”

“Let me run the numbers for you. Actually, it’s  one number: 14 million viewers! Let that sink in. Do you remember Chick-fil-A? Did the controversy hurt or help the billion-dollar franchise? The stores’ parking lots were filled and the customers were wrapped around the buildings. No more controversy, but lots more money.

“How about Rush Limbaugh and the Flake woman? Limbaugh is more popular than ever. He’s written a book that’s on the best seller list.

“I’ll stake my job on it. If you bring Phil back, apologize, and admit you made a mistake for criticizing the man’s personal beliefs, Duck Dynasty viewership will go through the roof, and you’ll all make more money. It is all about the money, isn’t it?

“You really don’t give a tinker’s dam about what the folks at GLAAD think as long as you’re getting a good size paycheck.

“Mark my word. For these guys, it’s not about the money. They’ll walk, and you’ll be digging yourself out of a deep financial hole that other people forced you to dig. GLAAD isn’t taking any risks. They’re not going to lose any money over this. You’ll be the ones left holding the bag – and it will be empty.”

Maybe this was A&E's plan all along. Maybe they're smarter than we think. Nah.


  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

    For sure. Controversy is a PR dream.

    West Coast Choppers was headed for the garbage heap until they formulated that a fight between father and son would create a larger following and increase ratings; which will also increase advertising dollars. It's all about generating advertising dollars.

    There was no such thing as bad press until the Exon Valdez. Think about it.

    • fatman45

      ExxonMobil is still either the number one or number two corporation in the world (they trade places with Apple each month), so what do you mean? Bad press doesn't seem to have hurt them any!

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

        Outlandish behavior gets emulated and rewarded. Good behavior gets ignored and mocked. We have morphed into a culture in which the end justifies the means. Individuals try to get attention based on “shock and awe” rather than working hard on talent and character. We expect instant results with no thought of long term consequences. Get rich quick. Lose weight now. Buy now pay later. YOLO, dude.

        • cimiron

          only by the stupid politically correct, which I will never be. I follow my Lord and Savior and will cleave to him only

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          Good bet!!

        • podunk1

          Two right on,
          Let blunt truth begin to set us free.

          Homosexuals can't explain what it is they do, what "turns them on",
          or who's going to pay for it when they're comatose & on life support with
          e-coli, AIDS, hepatitis, or any other number of really bad things. We
          know why the obamanites destroy so much hamburger & lettuce just because there's a little trace of fecal material! We don't know why obamanites think everyone should swap ends and play sexual Russian roulette.

          “Government" is passing laws by statute, regulation, order, and color of
          law arrest, to redefine and desecrate ageless Biblical religious covenants of marriage, by including homosexual unions in the definitions of marriage! Homosexuality has been labeled an abomination in the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other religions since first recorded time, because of the extreme health risks involved. Before modern medical times, if you did
          “it”, you died a horrible early death! Food is processed in the stomach.
          The upper intestines pass minerals, energy, etc into the blood stream
          and body, flows on to absorb waste, germs, diseases etc. and on into the lower intestines which deposits transfer into feces where bacteria starts rot & decay process moving through the body and anus! Feces are toxic! This is where homosexual oral and sexaspects collide with their toxic anal indulgence to create some of most heinous diseases known to mankind! Is there anyone from the president down to the toilet cleaner that doesn’t know that… including the FDA, Health services, schools, germ-police passing out disinfectant towels in supermarkets, etc??

          Government, top down is mocking and desecrating the Constitution, religions and their oath and duties of office! Don’t blame God if your body starts rotting away! He gave man free will and advised man not to do it! Government promotes homosexuality with marriage without defining it or the consequences! Ponder the trash we have elected and the vile revolutionaries they appointed to rule. Their hatred for the historical Constitution, morality, productivity, and benevolence of the USA is foaming at the mouth. It’s about destroying the USA and Christianity, not homosexuality! Treason can’t match this demonic life-death Armageddon game!

      • Igor

        And BP is *still* making money.

    • jong

      I would agree to a point when you can control it. With this there is no control on it. They have just been waiting for some comment to come out of any of the Duck Dynasty's mouths that would be "PR" of any kind. They screwed the pooch on this one. Time will tell of course.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

        Yes. They, A&E should have just minded the store and kept quiet, but some executive wanted to push ratings.

        • BeautifulAmerica

          Agreed, but the motive is pure pandering and slavering for a pat on the head from their masters.

  • DoraG38

    Thats just dumb. Why would they kill the golden calf ? Last I heard people are not watching anymore A & E PERIOD! And not buying products that advertise on it.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      I'm certainly not, and I hope outraged Americans stick to the plan and boycott those products until the owners feel the pain. Time to hit back.

  • Stan in Texas

    I hope the whole clan can void their contracts and shop on other networks. The show isn't scripted and wasn't "created" by A&E show I think they would have no future right to the robertsons ventures.
    God Bless Phil and gang

  • Igor

    Jumped the shark, they did. Or, perhaps, pigs really DO fly and you are 100% correct.
    I'm calling the 72-hour rule on this one.

  • Barbara Winters

    If they did, they are causing a lot of hard feelings and angry people which is not good for the network. DD should chan networks because we are not watching A&E anymore if that's the way they are going to act.

  • docdave1

    National Boycott Launched
    Against Duck Dynasty Censorship

    http://www.infowars.com/national-boycott-launched-against-duck-dynasty-censorship/

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

      Good article!

      I agree. There is power in numbers. Right now the Christians, and those who favor freedom of religion and speech are a bunch of apathetic unorganized whiners!

      • cimiron

        excuse me I am a Christian, and I oppose what they have done to this man all over a few gays

        • fliteking

          Still, what NASA said is fully relevant.

  • HUNNYMONEY

    considering the number of corporate entities that have caved-in to pressure from the LGBT community, it is hard for me to believe that A&E had the foresight to think something like that through...especially when the other members of the show are likely to take a "hiatus" of their own when Phil is absent. What happens when you have no show...you have no money. The corporate giants have still failed to learn the lesson. The LGBT community makes up 4% of the overall population and makes up probably zero % of this show's viewership, yet A&E is going to cave to them and risk killing their most lucrative enterprise to appease these 4% who aren't watching the show anyway...stupid.

    • $2398599

      PC crazy Hollyweird and company will never learn.

      • cimiron

        oh you mean those foreigners from another country ? grin

    • docdave1

      Liberals Declare Duck Dynasty Christian Views “Hate Speech”

      http://www.infowars.com/liberals-declare-duck-dynasty-christian-views-hate-speech/

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Cry me a river.
        AMERICANS declare LGBGT Views FASCISM.

      • Vickie

        Who cares what the communists/facists think, they're not liberals anymore!

        • Apolloone

          Same goes for so-called Progressives, there isn't anything about the beliefs of these fools that has or will make Progress in anyone's lives the only progress if it can be called that is a Communist system and we all know how that works for the few, as history has taught.

    • cimiron

      guess they will learn when there ratings go in the tubes

    • Doctor Clutch

      Here’s the part I have a problem with… well I have a lot of problems with this situation, but this is the thing no one seems to be seeing. A&E didn’t publish that interview!!! Why are they apologizing??? GQ is the source of the interview. Why isn’t the QLBT community harassing GQ??? I suspect the reason is the queers, at least the ones raising the ruckus with A&E, are hateful, vindictive and feel they have a monopoly on the right to free speech and are concerned only with exacting retribution against Mr. Robertson.

      A&E should take a serious look at their Public Relations staff and fire a few of them instead of Phil. This would have been so avoidable for them if they had just said, “The remarks made by Mr. Robertson were made during an interview with GQ magazine and A&E has no control over what GQ publishes. If anyone has a problem with the content of GQ magazine they should forward their concerns to the editors of that magazine.”

      • Vickie

        Guess A&E is in the same mess as Phil, or so says some critics! Why is it so important what the gays think, what makes them think that they are God? Everyone has the right to say whatever they want, and if they don't like it, they don't have to listen!

      • http://weaselzippers.us/ ViniVidi

        Doctor C, great comment!!!

        "... with exacting retribution against Mr. Robertson." Bottom line: attack all dissenters, who are mostly Christian. Sodomy is a sin. QLBT etal want to force a "normalization" of perversity down our throats (see "After the Ball"). Phil told the truth, which the world is starving for, all but perverts, who are allergic to it.

        • Apolloone

          It is indeed a sin but God distinguishes it from sin as He call it an Abomination to Him. It amazes me the many churches that condone this behavior saying that society is changing so we should change too. Yet God warns He does not change, but these mega churches have to support this government mandate in order for their tax status, to be brief the IRS is now god in many churches, Laodicea anyone? Disgusting at least in my eyes.

  • RockyMtn1776

    IF this was the plan they just killed their money machine ! I will never watch A & E again, just like my wife has refused to watch the Food Network since they fired Paul Deen. She is STILL waiting for an apology that will never come. They can have an entirely "gay" station for all I care. When the wishes of a few over ride the wishes of many A & E has made their choice.

    • ProudGGDOfAConfederateSoldier

      The Food Network has really gone downhill since they fired Paula Deen.

      • Christian_Patriot7

        I used to watch the Food Network a LOT until they fired Paula Deen. I don't watch the Food Network any longer.

        • fliteking

          Agreed, same reason I don't shop at Dicks Sporting Goods anymore, demonizing gun owners etc . . . and man should be willing to take a stand and then stick by it.

        • BeautifulAmerica

          I don't either. It sickens me now.

    • LeeP

      If you really want them to change, go after the sponsors.

    • cimiron

      I absolutely agree with you, I didn't watch Paula Deen, but I was really po'ed about what the minorities did to her

      • Apolloone

        Same here, My reply may seem not seem about the story but it is, this Homosexual Agenda is all part of the message Jesus Christ warned us about when He said things would be as in the Days of Noah. There is really an all out war for the minds of the youth in these Latter Days this is Scriptural, have you noticed the increased interest in all these occult games Harry Potter movies Lord of the Rings, the TV show Crossing Over etc, Wicca, Witches and Warlocks and many more. Parents say these things are harmless fun, but they aren't, God warns that spirits who communicate with humans are evil and all cause destruction to humans This coincides with the many suicides of our youth in these times. The Apostle Paul warns of these evil spirits we war against; with the inventions of the Television and the Internet has made it possible for this evil to spread and entire book could be written about the increase of the exposure to this evil of late and it will only get worse, as Jesus's second advent draws closer
        these spirits will speak louder and louder in the ears of godless people.

  • victoriadelacy

    It is such a small percentage of the population that engages in what God calls abomination and for which He destroyed the cities of both Sodom and Gomorrha that A&E is going to find themselves losing ten viewers for every one they appease with this move that is in violation of the Constitutionally protectable rights concerning freedoms of both speech and religion to which every citizen is entitled, that they are going to soon regret that insanity. Further, many are now moving to boycott the sponsors of that station as well. Wait until they see the full fallout from Christian America - they might be persuaded to change their tune! Look at what happened when Christian-owned Chick Fil-A took their stand for traditional marriage to the exclusion of any other combination - the lines of cars at their restaurant drive-throughs extended clear sround the BLOCK, and they scarcely had room for patrons to sit down inside anymore. America supports our Christian values, which include marriage the way God created it to be - not Adam and Steve, but rather Adam and Eve! Keep tugging at their purse strings and they will soon get the message, loud and clear!

    • cimiron

      yep the last of me there for sure, now that I know they support gays I will never watch anything they have on again

  • $2398599

    I wonder how the advertizers on that show feel?

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

      They are having a meeting right now thanking the A&E marketing department for their brilliance.

      They will bring Phil back as part of the plot without any fanfare or explanation...all the while upping their ratings by 20 points and increase advertising revenue by 25%.

      • $2398599

        Yep, I'm betting $50.00 with a pal that that show is back on air inside 7 working days.

        • TheNSAisReadingThis

          I don't think they pulled the show. Just Phil.

        • LeeP

          I wonder if there will even BE a show without Phil. Maybe NONE of that family needs this aggravation.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          The show will stay....it's Phil that has been asked to leave.

        • $2398599

          What's the longevity of teh show without Phil?
          Like removing Charlie from Two and a Half Men.......it's dead.

        • Kimberly Ortman

          No that's where you are wrong!! We have a much higher family moral and unity than any other state that I have ever seen. If Phil doesn't come back the others wont either. That's how we roll in Louisiana!!!

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          If I were a member of the family, that is what I'd do....one for all, and all for one.

        • $2398599

          I should have said " with Phil in it".

  • david

    i will not watch a&e anymore i aGREE WITH PHIL ROBERTSON

  • [email protected]

    I'll not watch A&E if they do bring him back he should not have been fired in the first place.

  • Proudamerican

    They will simply be picked up by another station and do extremely well. A & E can pound sand.

  • picnicfun

    No, they did not fire him to raise ratings. Duck Dynasty is already the #1 show in the history of cable television. The Gay lobby could care less, they want Phil Robertson gone.

    • LeeP

      To hell with the rump rangers.

    • Vickie

      They (gays) bit off a bit more than they can chew! Don't care how they take it! God is getting pretty tired of all the persecution of his people all over the world! It just got started in America, and apparently when America falls so does the world....mark my words!

  • MSGran

    unfortunately,I think this one is gonna backfire on A&E

    • ProudGGDOfAConfederateSoldier

      No, FORTUNATELY this IS going to back fire on A&E!

    • patriotgrammy

      I count it as fortunate.

  • rosemarienoa

    They are pandering to the LGBT people!!!

    • sc

      it's not only A&E that are pandering to the perverts most all the networks blow their horn for them.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

        And each other.

        • DontTreadOnMe11

          Not quite sure it's a horn they're blowing.

  • Guenthner

    No Phil Robertson on AE, I don't watch AE. It's that simple.

  • foxxybey

    As for me and family and friends, we won't ever watch A&E again until they say they are sorry to moral people and tell the homosexuals to go pound dirt.

    • LeeP

      ...Or, pack fudge, or whatever it is they do...

      Yeeechch!

      • DWinch

        No one wants to know what they do, that's the problem. Same reason no news network will film a gay pride parade and show it on the 6 o'clock news. People would be sickened and outraged and they know it. The left specializes in hiding the truth in order to gain public support.

      • sc

        well that's sort of the same thing isn't it?

  • tionico

    wwatch.. the Duc Dynasty could afford to BUY their own production company, expand into all sorts of side-production, and make even MORE money while laughing their heads off at A&E.

  • Joe

    screw a&e...put them on the no watch list.

  • TheNSAisReadingThis

    I think Gary DeMar may have a little crush on Phil Robinson.

  • CajunPatriot

    Phil and his family need to make sure they own the program, if not buy the remaining rights they do not own. Then bring the program to CMT or another network, own the program outright, as did Desi Arnez and Lucy, and rake in the residuals. Phil is not after money. He wants to live a simple life. He was asked a question and quoted his familiar subject, the Bible. After all, he is a minister. His son pastored the church he helped to build. If he had quoted the Koran, he would be advocating death to sodomites. He didn't and won't.

    Sure, it will get better ratings and money for ads, but A&E needs to be boycotted. I won't watch it. My family won't watch it.

  • Mr_DAA

    A&E lost four sets of eyes by being fascists.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Vickie

      Merry Christmas!

  • looneytoonsindville

    Since the Duck Commander has been indefinitely suspended for these remarks, I sent emails in protest to the following addressees: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]. Note that A&E is owned by Disney, ABC, & Hearst. Content: Your organization has discriminated against the Duck Commander (Duck Dynasty) on the basis of his stated religious beliefs. This is unfair, improper and scurrilous. If he were a Muslim speaking out in favor of pedophilia (under Sharia Law, Muslim men can marry little girls as young as age 3 and keep young boys as sex slaves) you wouldn’t dare touch him with a 10 foot pole. Fairness and equity is what he deserves. Reinstate him NOW!!! Until he is reinstated, A&E Networks, Disney & Hearst are all off my TV & reading cycles. I suggest you consider doing the same!

    • LeeP

      Good start!

      Hit the sponsors hard, too.

      • HappyG

        The sponsors stand with Phil...this isn't going to work out well for the Gayblades in the A&E boardroom...

        • BeautifulAmerica

          Very glad to hear that; thug tactics don't work.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Wow! Excellent! I only did the first one, and better get back to work.

    • CARLjr

      You might want to spell out what all networks, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, websites, and record labels to boycott. I would hate for you to miss any.

      • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

        You can start with butt plugs....I'm sure A&E will be offering a close out special.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdpoopo2paM

      • Rancherinaz

        Here's. a few :
        History channel
        Discovery channel
        Investigation Discovery
        Biography channel
        Animal Planet
        Lifetime
        LMN
        OWN
        Bravo
        ABC
        NBC
        MSNBC
        Anything Comcast
        Anything General Electric
        Make sure your appliances are not GE .
        They are sold under multiple brand names such as Sears Kenmore .

        • Rancherinaz

          In fact one should take Sears and
          K-Mart off the shopping list too .
          As well as anything made by
          General Motors .

  • DieHippyDie

    Interesting theory, would not put it past them. However, more likely this is a case of a bunch of craven PC cowards who are so terrified of these disgusting faggots that they would drown their own kids to stay in in the good graces of the fag-gestapo. Anyway, hope Phil and family tell AE to sit down and rotate and then find a new network...hopefully there is still one out there with some common sense that won't hit the chicken switch every time some fudge-packing POS complains.

    • LeeP

      It' s fun to think about. Who knows what the contract looks like though. Hollywierd is well known for their slimey, cheating, dishonest contracts (re. Art Buchwald).

  • gustogary

    God works in mysterious ways.... Duck leave's A&E & lands with Glenn Beck's "The Blaze" network & he is one step closer to putting some of the lame stream press out of business.. Maybe I am dreaming but think about it. If Glenn could pull that off his access to cable (and satellite) systems would skyrocket.. Just saying...

    • CARLjr

      Too ridiculous to make it on most cable/satellite systems. This one picture says everything you need to know about Glen Beck. Dunking Obama in a jar of his own pee.
      http://cdn-media.hollywood.com/images/l/glennbeckobamajar.jpg

      • TheNSAisReadingThis

        That is Beck in a NUTshell. I love the craziness on the blackboard.

  • Walter Luffman

    On reading just the hadline, I thought I was going to disagree with Gary DeMar this time -- but he just might have gotten into the head of someone at A&E. It would not be the first time -- or even the thousandth -- that radio and TV stations/networks/cable channels have fired popular personalities over something they have said or done, either on or off the air. It happened where I live just over a year ago; that radio host was back on the air within two weeks, and got a nice bump in ratings.

    But this does not mean that Phil Robertson or anyone involved with the "Duck Dynasty" program were involved, nor does it mean that this began as a ratings stunt. A&E is owned by Disney and Hearst, with headquarters in New York. I suspect they are very sensitive to the wishes of the LGBT community, and someone there made the decision to suspend Phil out of reflex, and probably without considering that Duck Dynasty is not the sort of program where a cast member can just be replaced. Now A&E is getting bombarded with phone calls and tweets (thanks in large part to Sean Hannity who pointed out how responsive A&E is to other segments of their audience and gave out the numbers).

    If Gary DeMar is correct, the whole thing was cooked up in a conference room and the honchos at A&E are just counting down to the optimum time to announce Phil's return. If Gary is wrong, those same honchos are probably meeting with network lawyers and burning up the long-distance lines between the Big Apple and West Monroe, trying to work out a deal that will keep the show in production ... and I doubt a simple apology will be enough to sway the rest of the Robertson family, much less Phil. Meanwhile, the Robertsons (and/or their agents) may be getting calls from other cable networks, possibly even over-the-air networks. Glenn Beck has already "strongly hinted" that he would welcome Duck Dynasty on The Blaze. I have no doubt Discovery Communications would love to have DD on one of their channels. NBC/Universal desperately needs a hit prime-time series, and ABC could also use one. The result could be a bidding war, with no guarantee that A&E will end up keeping the program.

    But I'm not sure A&E will suffer too much right away. DD is the most popular show on cable, and I understand the next season's filming has already wrapped; with one new season added to those aleady seen, the network can probably continue to milk this particular cash cow for several more years. In fact, they're doing that now. Take a look at the A&E program schedule at http://www.aetv.com, and you'll see that they're "stripping" DD reruns in all dayparts ... except overnights, when they run infomercials instead.

    The Robertsons won't suffer either. They had already built their company Duck Commander into a highly successful business before DD, and it's much, much more successful today. (I saw Duck commander-brand eyeglass frames prominently displayed in an optician's shop just yesterday.) Cldearly, they don't need the money. Duck Dynasty is/was a labor of love for them, and a lot of fun as well. If the fun is over thanks to the Grinches who pressured A&E to "suspend" Phil, they'll find other ways to enjoy life.

    • Vickie

      If I was Phil, I'd make sure that the re-runs goes with me, if DD leaves A&E! Place in a vault, and keep for family!

  • Iceman47

    Well Gary, if A&E believes as you say, they sure an obtuse bunch of executives unless they were more afraid of losing queer viewers from some of their other Left-wing BS shows they air. However, I for one stand with Phil Robertson and family and it's because I do that I will not watch A&E again and THAT's A FACT JACK!

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Tell them so.

  • OGDoccat

    I'll put it this way. I am one of the very few that has never watched this show. But I still won't, based on the controversy.

  • jong

    IF that is why they did it they will soon find that it has backfired on them. And they will be still stuck with their gay show that is not going anywhere. And some people say that there is not a GOD.

    • LeeP

      God will not be mocked.

      Remember the comment about Titanic: "Not even God himself could sink her."

      As if.

      • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

        There will always be a war between God and Satan. This is a test of DD's faith and priorities.

    • Apolloone

      The evil spirits will whisper louder and louder in the ears of the godless as Jesus Christ's second advent draws closer. Also these spirits are seeking the minds of the youth in these days, this is obvious with all these many games, television shows, movies, too numerous to list. the interest in seeking so-called friendly spirits, an entire book could be written on the recent rise in these things, God warns us to stay away from these things and He also tells us these coming days that the people will be like they were when God had to destroy the man from the earth with a flood, Jude refers to those days also. The Gospel (The Good News) is that God will end all the rebellion and Satan will be bound for a thousand years
      as God establishes his Kingdom.

  • jim

    The whole family should walk unless they bring back Phil! For A&E its only about money!

    • PWe72

      I think they ought to walk anyway.....first strike was censoring the evening meal prayers. This strike is a doozy so why give them another chance, dump the biased cretins NOW!

      • Vickie

        My thoughts exactly! This is the second strike, wouldn't opt for third! They have enough money, they can start their own station, or get on the christian networks! Who needs political correctness anyway?

  • mark

    If they did it to raise ratings, ( they already had the highest ratings) it will backfire in their faces!

  • muf69

    I have blocked A&E, won't watch any of their programs now.

    • CARLjr

      did you also block ESPN?

      • Rancherinaz

        Well you should .

  • TimAZ

    You obviously think the E&A bunch don't know the Duck Dynasty Bunch. The folks at A&E know exactly how far they can leverage the Duck Dynasty family. The A&E folks couldn't force the Duck Dynasty family to Stop praying during each show. Whether Phil Robertson's views meld with the views of the folks at A&E or not. Phil isn't going to moderate his views so the folks at A&E can feel better about themselves. A&E didn't make Phil Roberts and his Duck Dynasty, so the folks at A&E can not break him. Most likely the folks at A&E will financially wreck themselves if they fail to deliver a public apology to Phil and his Duck Dynasty family for attempting to punish the founder of Duck Dynasty for his personal beliefs. This attempt to censure Phil Roberts views is also a slap at his viewers and the congregation if Phil Roberts church. I have no doubt that CMT would respect Phil Robertson and his family while they both prosper and deliver a show that American viewers can appreciate.

  • pupster40

    This is an interesting theory, most of the followers of this show think in the TEA Party vein or belong to the the TEA Party. These are your "guns and Bible crowd". If this is a significant part of their viewing audience Liberals have a problem. Watch out Obama and your progressive crowd this is a big voting bloc.

    • CARLjr

      not big enough apparently.

      • Rancherinaz

        Consider that due to the fact stupidity outnumbers intellect in this nation .
        Do you really think Obambam got elected with an overwhelming number of intelligence ?

  • Samurai_Sam

    Firing Phil to boost ratings? Hmmm! Sounds like a really good idea! Something akin to shooting your self in the foot because you lost one of your socks! Well it is liberal think so it doesn't have to make sense.

  • wayne8734

    A&E,fire Phil for speaking the truth and saying what most people don't have the nerve to say,then I'm done with A&E!!!

  • EHeassler_USNRet

    I don't know what their reason was for firing him but they just lost this viewer. If the show goes onto another network, I might watch it again. I'm not a Duck Dynasty viewer but have enjoyed A & E programming for a long time. Well, its adios to the entire network. In the long scheme of things, they need people like me much more than i need them.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      That's integrity.

  • ort

    I hope they tank like the Food Network for unjustly crucifying Paula Deen.

  • afbratboomer

    This is so stupid. He should NOT have even been asked something so STUPID. GOOD GOD.
    DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR ANYTHING, PHIL. YOU DID NOTHING WRONG.

    • patriotgrammy

      You know it was a set up to begin with and Phil wasn't going to buckle. If we only had more men (and women) of moral courage in this country we wouldn't be in this shape. What he did, in effect, was embolden us. But we need to keep the language and tone in perspective. I've seen some pretty hateful things said and a lot of name calling on these sites. It doesn't accomplish good. Hate the sin, not the sinner. Both sides need to be respectful and Christians need to speak in love. I know it's trying, my patience was really taxed but I had to realize these advocates of hate toward Christians are spiritually blind. We're not fighting a physical battle but a spiritual one.

      • afbratboomer

        You're right. I just think it's so stupid that gays ALWAYS want to talk about THIS CRAP ...... and I HATE the UGLY visuals that WE are FORCED to see when they do. Get back in the closet and stop mentioning it.....be gay....but STOP with the PUSHING IT IN MY FACE (no pun intended. hehheh).

  • elton123

    NO, A&E did not fire Robertson to boost their ratings. They fired Robertson because he is a Christian man. BOYCOTT all A&E programs until A&E executives give Robertson a public apology. A&E has sunk their own network and I do not feel sorry for them. The silent majority is awake and will not take it anymore!!! BOYCOTT A&E!!!

  • HappyG

    Nah...the A&E execs just can't stop carrying the liberal water pail...Next we'll see Alec Baldwin as a guest star...

  • fliteking

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    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

      Another work of art!!

      • fliteking

        Thanks Bud.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

      Heck, Phil is easy to replace....pick one.

      • fliteking

        Those boys can lay down some blues!

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          A comment from a DJ years ago, "I don't see how just three guys can make so much noise..."

          They are outstanding and still alive and performing today....although they have not aged very well.

        • fliteking

          Yes saw a recent concert video. A little rough.

          Saw them live the first time in 1978 in "Bimington" NY. Everyone showed up in cowboy hats and boots (think yankees) , ZZ showed up dressed like 1890's storekeepers. Lighted floor, campfire on stage, 3 hour concert, no opening act. Single spot light for "Jesus Just Left Chicago" . . . burned into my mind.

          Three chord blues . . . another American Innovation

        • DontTreadOnMe11

          I saw them 20 years ago at a small little theater about an hour north of Detroit. They opened (yes opened) for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Loved them, but didn't play my two favorite songs, Pearl Necklace and Tube Snake Boogie (OK, I have a sick mind). It was an awesome concert to say the least.

        • fliteking

          I recall being at a party, Pearl Necklace came on, and a girl proclaimed it was her favorite song . . . . when we explained a little further she was horrified . . . still funny to this day .

        • DontTreadOnMe11

          Yeah, I've had to "explain" it to the ladies several times. LOL

        • fliteking

          Some like the jewelry, others not so much.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          Not all that glitters is not gold...gosh I crack myself up.

        • fliteking

          As a friend says . . . Ho Ho Ho!

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          Well, just so we can all relive our past bad choices...........HA.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne3XojNonEU

      • CARLjr

        Jon Stewart today talking about this story: "Hey man, it was ZZ-Top, not ZZ-Bottom!"

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          Thank you for sharing, Patrick.

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    IF this scenario is accurate, and A&E tries the course of action.....

    I'm betting the boys on the show will slap the hell out of them and actively search for a different venue and force A&E to come clean or they will walk away.

    • Holistic

      This would be like Bravo firing all their gay people on their shows. They would have nothing left.

      • Rancherinaz

        Bravo is part of the same conglomerate aren't they.

    • Vickie

      The reason that Phil is on hiatus, his family is talking to him about this issue, and soon we all will find out what the family has decided! A&E will find out before we do, don't think it will good!

  • HappyG

    Gee author Gary, did you even bother to check their ratings?

  • sc

    first let me say i have never watched this show, but if those of you that do want to really get something going all you have to do is to write or call the sponsors of A&E and tell them that your not going to buy any of there products any longer that will get more action than anything else you could do. just an example, i bought a can of "pork and beans" when i opened the can there was not the tiniest bit of pork in it, i wrote the company and they sent me back a letter of apology and included a handful of FREE coupons to many of there other products, now i don't know if they have put in any more pork in the cans but the free stuff was good. so you see a letter will get their attention.

  • Ron

    I hope you took the time to read what the two queers had to say earlier in this post---man ass beats vagina anyday--what class less crap---A&E thinks thats okay,but Robertson can't express what he thinks and believes,but it's okay for two fudge packers to say what they do,and it's okay---maybe A&E can join MSNBC HLN and C&N inratings

  • Rancherinaz

    The show needs to go to the FOX network .

    • patriotgrammy

      Or CBN

      • CARLjr

        It really should move to the Sportsman Channel. It is a hunting show. This is the network that will be running the 4th reality show from the Palins.

      • http://www.comcast.net/ Rick

        CBN only rents air time on ABC Family. O how I wish they had their own network. Pat Robertson tells it like it is and shouts it from the rooftops.

        • CARLjr

          CBN was sold to fox who renamed it Fox Family Channel. Fox sold it to Disney who renamed it ABC Family. Part of the stipulation of the sale was that it had to keep Family in the name and the 700 club and one other show would continue to run on this channel.
          ABC Family is largely LGBT inclusive with shows like Pretty Little Liars, Kyle XY and GREEK. Half of their programming has LGBT characters.
          Plus ABC Family is owned by Disney who owns A&E who just fired them.

    • CARLjr

      You could put it on between "Raising Hope" and "Glee". This season will include a transgender character. Fox this year had 42% of their primetime programming hours including LGBT impressions. Not only the largest percentage of the 5 major networks, but also the highest percentage ever recorded since they started tracking in 2006.

  • Peter Tefft

    The big problem here is the Constitution. If we the people don't defend our Constitution everything that is said by anyone will be open for the communists to decide if its OK. Communism, yes indeed, Phil has the right to express his views no matter what and if you don't support that, you need to get the heck out of this country and land in some communist country that you will be much more happy in.

  • jyearsley

    Most cable providers/TVs have a parental control option that allows you to block offensive programming. A&E is now blocked in my home. I commend this ACTION to all of you who are truly offended by the intolerance of the morons running A&E

  • rchguns

    I personally think A&E slammed Dickey in the door. This whole situation goes even deeper if you look at who the network is going after. The name Robertson is much more than just a name it's a heritage. The clan Robertson never backs down when you're right you're right that's the end of it. You attack one portion of the clan you attack them all. The Robertson clan is the second oldest in Scotland and freedom and honor flow through the veins of any Robertson. The A&E network is meddling where they shouldn't be meddling. The numbers along should tell them what side of the bread as the butter. They need duck dynasty duck dynasty doesn't need them never did and never will.

    I personally believe that they should tell the A&E network to stick it were all the gays do and moved to another network.

  • Scirel

    Alright Gary, you had me going. I was duly punked. I had forgotten how sarcastic you can be. If you don't laugh you cry, right?

  • Bruce Lennick

    Is it my imagination or is MSNBC going dark on us, not that I am prejudice but just about all the people they have on are black, are they not hiring whites anymore over there or what. And if they had to stoop to hiring Al Bigot Sharpton they must have a small pool to choose from. I hate to see this because when I need a good laugh, I flip to them just for that but if they keep up these hiring practices they will be gone and who then will support the left????

    • http://www.comcast.net/ Rick

      When I want a good laugh Bruce, I go to mediamatters.com. I let them have both barrels and you can only imagine the replys I get.

      • Bruce Lennick

        It is fun f'in with them, they are so easy and boy do they pile on, Merry Christmas

        • Rancherinaz

          I'll have to try that . Sounds like good fun .

  • Backgammon
    • michael

      I emailed A&E earlier today and told them to apologize to Mr. Robertson or forget me as a viewer. There are a couple facebook pages supporting Phil and DD. One has over 840,000 likes. A suggestion: go search for it and push it over a million for the first day.

      • Backgammon

        Already did that.

        • michael

          11:55 CST The total is now up to 1.2 million likes on the facebook page

          Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty

        • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

          I hope DK flushes A&E and their entire staff down the sewer and moves to another network that is not Fascist.

      • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

        They need some Christian lawyers (good luck with that) to step up and sue A&E for violating Phils constitutional rights.

        Make A&E spend money defending their position.

        • michael

          Doubt they would win,
          #1 says CONGRESS shall make no law.....says nothing about pc whupped wimps bending over for the homo activists. I think they are within their rights to fire popular employees and drive off customers.. Stupidity and lack of a spine is not against the law. (witness the fact that Rinos are not in prison)

        • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

          You don't think a lawyer cares about winning or justice....it's only about money and how much they can make.

          If winning were a priority, they'd take financial responsibility for losing.

  • Dale_G1

    Political correctness = CENSORSHIP = FASCISM!!! Heaven forbid someone should express an opinion based on his religious teachings and/or upbringing!!! What's NOT natural is SIMPLY not NATURAL! If A&E doesn't want these DD guys and gals to tell us what their RELIGIOUS beliefs and convictions are, then let another cable network who DOES appreciate those views bring DD on board. But NO. A&E makes WAAAAAY too much money from DD. MAybe A&E should try being TOLERANT of other peoples beliefs rather than FORCE their politically correct fascism down everyones throats. As for his so-called "racist" remarks. I believe he was SIMPLY saying what he OBSERVED back then. I don't believe he said that blacks were happier under Jim Crow. But let some "hick" from the south give his opinion on a race issue and everyone wants to throw out the race card. It's the EASY thing to do. What's hard is trying to understand why only blacks can call each other the N-word, wear prison fashions like a badge of honor and kill each other way more than the KKK ever did. When you get your OWN house in order, THEN you can call every white you don't like a racist. Until then, GQ magazine and the A&E network should go...duck themselves.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    No, they did NOT fire Phil to boost ratings, gays don't watch this show in any case. AND it's already one of, if not THE biggest pull this network has...They fired him to pander to the hateful, aberrant freaks he was talking about, which is STILL but a tiny fraction of the population.

    • http://www.lewrockwell.com/ Tuci78

      "No, they did NOT fire Phil to boost ratings, gays don't watch this show in any case."

      I dunno. Think about the real "quality of life" issues for those A&E executives, okay?

      Unless they go kissy-face with the feygele, they won't be able to get reservations at their expense-account four star restaurants, their interior decorators won't talk to them, and they'll never get a decent ninety-dollar haircut anywhere on either coast as long as they live.

  • http://www.lewrockwell.com/ Tuci78

    "Maybe this was A&E's plan all along

    Might could be. Even the proverbial blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.

    They "discipline" Robertson as a quick sop to the fudgepackers, then bring him back with an "All-is-Forgiven" head fake, and maybe have the old guy endorse condom use or something.

    But what are they going to do to placate the bestiality folks, who take umbrage at having been compared with homosexuals?

    • Rancherinaz

      Apologies to the animals and create a protection program for the helpless critters .

  • MktLdr

    Sadly, in suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, A&E Producers have clearly demonstrated they fail to appreciate and understand the beliefs, values and loyalty of their audience. A&E’s liberal progressive ideology has blinded its ability to know “what sells.” Wake up!

    More importantly, we are dealing with First Amendment Rights, and at best opinions … a politically correct position by the LGBT Community versus the truth of the Holy Scripture. What right does A&E have to silence either side’s First Amendment Rights?

    A&E Producers should develop a series on the LGBT community, or all about GLADD …
    then see if that sells, as did Duck Dynasty. NOT.

    Stated more directly, A&E just shot their Golden Goose. Let’s hope A&E Producers come to their senses before that Golden Goose and the Duck Dynasty Audience moves on … and it will.

    • CARLjr

      This is not a first amendment issue. He was not arrested or fined for saying what he said.

      • MktLdr

        Another opinion, and I will not attempt to silence you ...

      • LouiseCA

        Yes it is. We know where this is headed.

        • CARLjr

          He was free to speak his mind, and he did so. GQ was free to publish his opinion, they did so. His Bosses were free to fire him, they did so. The network also released a statement.
          There was a lot of free speech happening here, with some freedom of the press on the side.

      • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

        For once you're right.

  • celticwaryor

    The rest of the family should all walk off the set. Do you think A&E would just let them go? I think not.

    • CARLjr

      Lose the show or re-hire Phil? I think they would let them go.

      • fliteking

        Ever since getting whacked in the head ( http://godfatherpolitics.com/13660/ae-fire-phil-robertson-boost-ratings/#comment-1171109131 ) good ol' "Karl" is a little slow on the uptake . . . they've already had an offer ( https://duckduckgo.com/?q=phil+robertson+glenn ). . . . check the "internets"

        • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

          Yes and it appears to be a huge offer.

          I look for the family to have a showdown with the losers at Anal and Entertainment and make an effort to cancel their contract and change networks.

          A&E does NOT fit the character and moral profile that I'm sure the family is looking for.

        • fliteking

          I think you are right.

          I have ROKU and was a previous subscriber to TheBlaze, but had issues with logging on and streaming so I dropped the service. Also, Beck had promised a couple of family based reality shows which never appeared.

          Glad to see many of the radio stations that dropped Beck last year have since picked up his show again . . . . often very funny and always informative.

          The libs at work say I "force them" to listen to Beck et al . . . . translation . . . they are to stupid to bring in their own radios.

        • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

          It would be step down from A&E, but in the long run would be a good marriage for both corporations....and NOT a gay one!!

        • Ann Rand

          Hi Flite.... A&E is going to start a gay show soon... It will be called Dick Dynasty...... I think it is about the fellows from Broke Back Mountain..

        • fliteking

          Ann! LOFL ! Outstanding comment, Phil's actions pretty much trashed political correctness, no?

          Merry Christmas and God Bless. .

        • Ann Rand

          And to you, too... It's 80 deg. here... Hope it cools off some for Christmas..

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          I like it.

      • Rancherinaz

        Principle of the matter would leave no option of bringing back Phil . They need to take the show elsewhere .

        • CARLjr

          Maybe LOGO or BET

  • LouiseCA

    This is a First Amendment issue, in spite of what all the talking heads are trying to say. Because we know if we don't stand up for Phil, that any one of us can be silenced at any time. We know where this is headed. We're a heartbeat away from arresting pastors for calling homosexuality a sin in this country. That's what radical homosexuals are aiming for. If they can get away with this, that's one huge step forward for them in fulfilling their agenda.

    • CARLjr

      The first amendment does not protect you from losing your job.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

        Or you from losing your mind...which I think was misplaced a few years back.

        Did you check the toilet?

        • CARLjr

          You are the trollingest troll who ever trolled his way down from trollville.

          You don't even try to talk about the topic at hand. In ANY of the threads.
          This latest masterpiece shows how little you care about "values" "the Constitution" "Christian oppression" "Barack Obama" "Obamacare" "gay marriage" "racism" "the Bible" "Islam" "the Tea Party" or any of the dozen or so topics this site cycles through. You just want to fight and joke - and you aren't that good at either one. Perhaps you should give your posts a quick once over before you hit the post button. I come here for the entertainment value - this isn't very entertaining.

        • fliteking

          Temper temper now Karl, it's OK for you to openly chastise thus giving others license to drive too. Try to be more tolerant mr. web-chimp. . . and don't run in those clown shoes.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          Then leave the site and go play with yourself; or is that by yourself? Whatever.

          That sounds much more entertaining then you trying to figure out what all the adults are talking about.

        • Rancherinaz

          Then leave . Don't let the door hit you in the brain on your way out .

        • fliteking

          "Karl" tends to shy away from toilets since he had the seat slammed on his head.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          HEHEHEHEHEHE....said Mrs. Clause

        • fliteking

          Is . . .is that . . . it;'s Martin Bashir ! I wondered what he was doing since "going on vacation"!

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          Up to his ears in S&^%

      • paintinc56

        There is reams of judicial precedent on that where courts have routinely ruled in favor of muslims over the companies they work for when it comes to their religious rights. You do not check your Constitutional rights & freedoms at the door when you are hired.

        • CARLjr

          Some religious rights are protected. Saying derogatory things is not part of your religion.

    • michael

      #1 says CONGRESS shall make no law.....says nothing about pc whupped wimps bending over for the homo activists. I think they are within their rights to fire popular employees and drive off customers..
      Stupidity and lack of a spine are not against the law. (witness the fact that Rinos are not in prison)

  • livefreeordie

    No, I don't think they did. They're like all the other quaking in their boots sellouts. Most of their stuff, like what is described above, is disgusting and I won't watch A&E at all anymore. So, Merry Christmas, perverts.

  • Chief47

    If they did this in an attempt to boost their ratings, they sure made a piss-poor decision. My family and I will no longer watch any A & E programming, regardless of whether they bring Phil Robertson back or not. They have made their bed and they can now lie in it. We will also discourage any friends and family from watch A & E programming. In fact, I just sent an email to DirecTV telling them that I am going to cancel my subscription with them if they continue to carry A & E programming.

  • http://jrcministries.org/ John Everette Russell

    Gary DeMar is tops. Here is my research on homosexual practice: http://www.jrcministries.org/religion-a-politics/63-the-case-against-homosexual-practice.html

    • David A. Stevenson

      What did Phil Robertson say about Black Americans in the interview ?

  • jd1958

    Soon to backfire. Viewers watch. Take notes of A&Es sponsors. Contact their sponsor and advise them that they will not purchase their product or services due to this outrageous display of view point discrimination!!!!

  • http://jrcministries.org/ John Everette Russell

    There is an underlying spiritual cause for homosexual practice. God told Adam and Eve to fill the earth. Later, he told Noah to fill the earth. The earth is not filled--to say it is filled is a lie. God loves babies. Satan hates babies. Jesus said that Satan is a liar and a murderer (John 8:44). A former leader of Planned Parenthood--a mouthpiece for Satan--encouraged homosexual practice to keep the number of babies down. The united States has murdered 57 million innocent, helpless babies since 1973, in disobedience to God and in violation of Amendments 5 and 14 of the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence states that God gave the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The "pursuit of happiness" is carried over in the Constitution as "property." The demon-possessed homosexual leaders are raging against God and those who follow him. They have no rational arguments for their destructive practice and use intimidation and name calling instead. How sad for them and our country.

    • David A. Stevenson

      I am Pro-Life and also Pro-Choice.
      Did you support the pre-emptive invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 ? Tens of thousands of Iraqis - many of them innocent children - were murdered during the bombing of Baghdad during "Shock and Awe". I did not support it.

  • mydogpopo

    Duck......move to another network......do it now!

  • cmjay

    I have heard that the family is talking to A&E about cancelling the show . That would be a tremendous loss of REVENUE for the network. There are other networks who would gladly welcome them.

  • hollander

    There is also all the marketing. I saw an end stand in a store yesterday filled with Duck Dynasty mugs that were $11.99 each, bought my grandson a Duck Dynasty Hoodie for Christmas. There is the marketing rights the network makes, plus all the vendors that stand to loose a ton of money!

  • CARLjr

    Lead actor fired from a popular show - it's happened before.
    http://backseatmummy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Charlie_Sheen_March8newsnea.jpg

    They are already prepping Ashton Kutcher for his new role.
    http://thefatapplenyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/wpid-Photo-Feb-16-2012-949-AM1.jpg

    • looneytoonsindville

      Yes BUT - He earned it.

      • David A. Stevenson

        What did Phil Robertson say about Black Americans ?

        • looneytoonsindville

          Is this a quiz? Robertson was quoted in GQ saying, "I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once". "Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field . They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' — not a word!" Robertson continued, "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."

          Now here is the kicker - the imbecile libtards say that Robertson "also implied that African Americans were happier living under Jim Crow laws" based on those comments. That is a load of hogwash. Robertson is a humble man and I bet he never even heard of a Jim Crow Law, let alone know what it is. The imbeciles are grasping at straws to try to make their vile anti-Christian propaganda stick. If I weren't a Christian myself, I could tell them where it will stick.

        • David A. Stevenson

          I trust you know what Jim Crow laws were, and trust that Phil Robertson knows enough about U.S. history to also know.
          The Democratic Party had an unholy alliance with DixieCrats after the war between the states - racist southern Democrats - and after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights legislation, the Republican Party welcomed those DixieCrats into their fold (Nixon's southern strategy).
          Neither slavery nor treating blacks as second-class citizens is Christian.
          Twisting "retarded" to attack those of us who really do believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior isn't Christian either.

        • looneytoonsindville

          John 8: 31 - 32 - To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

        • [email protected]

          Many posters here show a complete and callous disregard for the teachings of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

        • looneytoonsindville

          Just so I am clear David, Jesus never said His followers were supposed to be stupid. In fact, when confronting the "libtards" of his day, Jesus said, "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar." Now tell me, when did I say you were a libtard? You must have hung that moniker on yourself.

        • [email protected]

          The powers-that-were whom Jesus confronted were conservatives. They feared Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and his message of peace and love. They and the Roman rulers carried out His crucifixion.
          You used the term "imbecile libtards", which is disrespectful to both Liberals and mentally-challenged people. I'll accept your apology and no doubt mentally-challenged people would too.

        • looneytoonsindville

          The powers-that-were that Jesus confronted were pharisees. They were men (only) who said one thing but did another. Very like Barack Hussein Obama. If he is a conservative, then I agree with you.

        • CARLjr

          "no one was singing the blues"

          They invented the blues! What do you think the blues is?

        • looneytoonsindville

          I can't speak for Mr. Robertson, who is quoted above. In my (limited) experience, people sing the blues when they are down or low. Mr. Robertson says the folks he worked with in the fields were happy. Makes sense to me.

        • sandraleesmith46

          SOME southern blacks invented the blues; some invented jazz, and some invented spirituals, and the 3 groups seldom ran in the same groups as evidenced by their varying music.

        • sandraleesmith46

          Oh, I suspect he heard and may well remember some of them from his childhood, But being as he also says his family were "poor white trash" it's likely he was also subjected to some of them himself, ad is telling the truth about their relations with blacks back then, just as he did about God's Word and where sinners stand with Him.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pZTH6jhAE NASA

          ......................

    • http://cia.americanspecialops.com/air-branch/ NASA

      He was fired for being an A*& Hole....just like you. No morals, no values, no way.

      He is as far removed from Phil as you are from getting into heaven.

      A lot of people in Hollyweird are fired, divorced, commit suicide and are perverted....what is your point?

  • Jack Parker

    "Did A&E Fire Phil Robertson to Boost Ratings? If they did it backfired.

  • dennykray

    He was fired because of an ideology being imposed upon the people of this country-not for ratings, money or any other reason. As the major news networks try to impose this ideology on us so to are the cable networks subject to the power of the globalists and progressive atheists of this country who have taken control of the entertainment industry.

  • David A. Stevenson

    A question for Mr. DeMar :
    What remark did Phil Robertson make about Black Americans ?

  • Attila

    Do not kid yourself, this group of a--holes, A&E, are not that smart. Don't make them out to be something they are not. There is one person, or a group of persons, at A&E who took offense at what Phil said, and he, or they, determined to show him how we do not like him talking about us like that. So this one person, or persons, had the authority to act like the mouse that roared, and they fired Phil. But they are the ones who will be holding the bag, and there will be no money in it. I think Duck Dynasty will quit that organization and go somewhere else. If I were them, that is what I would do.

  • ConservaDave2

    Who knows what out of touch bubble these intolerant anti-Christian, anti-first amendment execs live in? Who exactly influences their thought process? Who within this bubble do they seek to please? My guess is that the Robertson clan ends up all together making tens of millions on some other network while A&E scrambles to try to replace the unreplaceable.

  • ConservaDave2

    Shouldn't A&E be cancelling their planned Duck Dynasty marathon? That would be the consistent thing to do.

    • Ann Rand

      Don't you think , maybe this was just a ruse to drum up more watchers for D.D. ? There is more going on here than meets the eye....How convenient that this happened right at the time of the marathon.. A&E are jerks, but I am sure they know how to make tons of money....

      • ConservaDave2

        My gut tells me they are not that smart and too entrenched in the Hollywood culture to know better. Unless Phil is somehow in on it, which I doubt, would they drum up temporary viewership at the cost of loosing the franchise and future revenues?

        • Ann Rand

          No, I didn't mean that any of the Robertson's were in on it.. I think A&E has maybe created a situation to make more money... After all, they have several shows already made (with Phil).... They know that the fans won't leave as long as D.D. is still there....I am wondering if maybe A&E already knew that D.D. could be planning to escape as soon as their contact is over... Who knows ???

        • Ann Rand

          Maybe this is the answer....... We all know that Hollyweird is in ovomit's pocket.. Maybe this was a favor to ovomit.... They wanted to take the spotlight off obamascare so this was a set-up to get us all riled up about D.D....They have a lot of new shows (with Phil) and they know that we will continue to watch as long as D.D. is still with them.....After a while, someone from A&E will probably issue a statement and everything will be smoothed over..... They have created a diversion from obamascare and will take our minds off the fact that ovomit is enjoying another lavish vacation (at our expense, of course )......Maybe I am dead wrong, but I wouldn't put anything past this bunch of thugs... They know that we will get riled up if they mess with D.D... Think about this,, you haven't heard a lot about obamascare for a few days ...And ovomit had them to the White house recently... (D.D.)... Perfect cover for him....

  • USGOP

    A&E had better hang their heads..eat crow..apologize and beg Phil to come back..it would be devastating to any network to say good-bye to that many viewers.

    • CARLjr

      It's a big show, but it would hurt the parent companies more to keep them.

      • USGOP

        It's all about money the to the network..they'll cave because they are not going to let go of the all that money..after all that's what they are in business for. I don't know about people in the north but when people in the south say they won't watch any of your networks again..they mean it..when you hurt hurt one of ours..we NEVER forget!!

        • CARLjr

          So you have stopped watching ESPN? Did you skip Thor 2? Are you going to boycott the new Star Wars?
          You know what is a bigger show than Duck Dynasty? Modern Family. Owned by the same company. You have already forgotten that you were supposed to have been boycotting this parent company since 1997 when Ellen came out on her show. This is the company that brings you shows like Dancing With the Stars, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Pretty Little Liars, Project Runway and many other LGBT popular shows. Their major network is tied with FOX for having the largest representation of LGBT as series regulars.
          They want to make money. The last thing they want is to offend this huge segment of their audience. Offending homophobes? Well, THIS show is popular, but are there any others? Plus, many viewers of Duck Dynasty watch it in the same way they watched The Osbournes - not because they agreed with Ozzy about his philosophies, but to laugh at the antics of someone so different than normal society.

        • USGOP

          I do not watch any of the programs you mentioned. I rarely watch tv except DD or an occasional outdoors program. I do not watch DD to make fun of the Robertson family..I watch it because it's clean, funny and their faith in God is real. Not into sports, except baseball, and not into science fiction at all. I do not watch anything with the LGBT in it..can't take seeing men/or women kissing the same sex..it turns my stomach. The LGBT segment can't be all that huge seeing as they make up only 1% of the population. I assume that you are a homosexual and that is why you are attacking me and others in this forum..I do not care how you believe and live and you should not care how myself and others that disagree with you believe and live either.

        • CARLjr

          They make up about 3.5% or around 7 million people. But many heteros support them.

          You don't have to like it. It's fine that it isn't for you. But your threats are meaningless.

        • USGOP

          If your numbers are correct then your agenda is working..this is one hetero that will never support them. What threats??

        • CARLjr

          Your "boycott" of all their networks.

        • USGOP

          That's not a threat..that's a promise. The network won't miss me but I won't watch any kind of ungodly filth on my tv..homo or hetero.

        • TheNSAisReadingThis

          Then you must not watch any TV. Or go see movies.

        • USGOP

          I said that I watched DD and an occasional outdoor program..and baseball when in season. I do not go to movies unless it is something on the line of True Grit, etc.

        • CARLjr

          You don't even know what all they own. You aren't boycotting pro-gay companies at all. You just say you will.

        • USGOP

          I do not know what all they own..but when I find out (whatever it is) I delete it from my life. Let me be clear on the subject of homosexuality..I do not hate the PERSON, I hate the SIN and I will not knowingly allow any homo. propaganda into my heart/mind/soul. I trust the Holy Spirit to reveal it to me and He has never let me down. The majority of Christians just want to help you but you keep shooting the messengers.

  • God

    Smart man. When the dust settles, the right staged apologies are made, handshakes and hugs happen, and all is right with the world again, A&E and Phil will make a lot more money together.

    • sandraleesmith46

      Maybe not; the family has kind of drawn a line in the sand and stated they don't see how they can continue without their patriarch at the head in the show.

      • CARLjr

        You are assuming A&E would take them back. Even if he apologizes, they are not coming back on A&E - and they probably would not keep going even if the family did it without him. It's over. Blaze is the only option - the only offer they will get.

        • USGOP

          He will not apologize..what does he have to apologize for..telling the truth?

        • CARLjr

          I'm not suggesting he should. I'm just saying he is not going back even if he did.

        • USGOP

          I don't think he wants to go back..but if he did..the network would greedily take him. If the decision rests on his apology..forget it..he is a man of deep principle and conviction.

        • sandraleesmith46

          I'm assuming nothing; the rest of the family weren't suspended, they told A&E they didn't believe they could continue without their patriarch at the head of the family. However, YOU seem to have grossly misunderstood the situation. Mr Robertson had EVERY right to express his personal beliefs and opinions, it's called 1st Amendment right to free speech and free expression of his religious beliefs, which is all he did. Since the SAME parent organization owns both A&E and GQ, there seems to be some possibility that Mr Robertson was "set up" by that interview. If that proves to be true, the family may have some grounds to sue for breach of contract. However, it's A&E that owes the apology, not the Robertson family, and the more especially if they DID set him up for that, or the parent organization did, simply because he holds to religious beliefs they want to disagree with and gag! A simple disclaimer from A&E that those views are not theirs would have solved the problem without all the mess.

        • CARLjr

          He had every right to express his opinions. He did so. GQ had the right to print it. They did so. A&E had the right to fire him. They did so.
          This is not about expression of religious beliefs. The Robertson family were religious, it was part of the show. Part of the identity of these people. It is in their books. They travel to various religious organizations to preach and to raise money. They sell products that show their faith. It surprises and offends NO ONE that they believe in Jesus and follow the Bible's teachings. It would surprise no one to find out that Mr. Robertson believes homosexuals will not go to heaven. That is not the controversy.

          He was fired for saying homosexuality leads to bestiality and that blacks in the south were happier before they gained civil rights.

          The first amendment does not give you the right to be on a reality show no matter what racist comments you make to a national audience. Saying being gay leads to having sex with animals is not how you practice your religion. A&E did not take away any rights or forbid him from his time honored tradition of worshiping God by lying about others.

        • sandraleesmith46

          He didn't say that; he grouped them together as common sins with a common end, but never said one leads to another in that context. What he may have said is that condoning one leads to condoning the other, which is true and not the same thing. Neither did he say that "blacks were happier" before the Civil Rights laws. My how you TWIST things! He was FIRED because of his beliefs and you know that as well as I do, IF you're honest with yourself. A&E had tried to quell that before and even tried stopping mention of Jesus, and prayers.
          This is a 1st Amendment issue because it's NOT an isolated incident, but part of an increasingly frequent pattern of actions being taken against people of faith by people of NO faith, whether they call themselves homoseuxuals or their lobbies, or atheists, or whatever. And it's been getting worse for some time; but this past year has become open persecution of such persons of faith as to hurt their careers for no good reason. Had this been an isolated issue and there NOT been an appearance of collusion between GQ and A&E, possibly at the behest of the parent organization, it probably wouldn't be a 1st Amendment issue. However that isn't the case by far; so it IS an issue. Mr Robertson DIDN'T make a "racist" comment; he simply observed that the black people HE had known were generally happy people, which doesn't even IMPLY that they were content with the status quo; only that their NATURE was to be happy. Neither did he say that being actively homosexual LEADS to bestiality; but according to God both are abominable sins and practitioners have no place in His kingdom. Nor did he LIE about others; the untruths are coming mostly from the homosexual faction presenting on this thread.

  • nobody

    Those guys are long gone. CMT picks them up, and A&E is a smoking hole.

    • CARLjr

      CMT is part of the MTV Networks Music & Logo group.
      This means that it's sister station is LOGO whose primary focus is on programming for the LGBT audience. Logo runs the show with drag queen RuPaul. Of course almost 30% of MTV's programming has LGBT characters. TeenNick has a show with a transgendered character, and VH1's first scripted show has a gay character. MTV has other divisions that include Comedy Central (the Daily Show), BET (Black Entertainment Televsion)
      That is all owned by Viacom who also owns the pay channel Showtime who runs The Real L Word, Californication, Nurse Jackie and ran LGBT documentaries.
      Viacom owns 3 movie studios. MTV Pictures, Nickelodeon Pictures, and Paramount Pictures that released 3 films this year with a LGBT characters. They also own Dreamworks who released the Julian Assange movie and Spielberg's Lincoln

      So......I doubt that CMT would acquire the Derp Dynasty. The fans of LOGO, BET, & SHOWTIME would never allow that to happen after Phil's GQ interview.

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    Guys we have to drop this Duck thing with a comment or two about the first amendment! This is what the guy behind the curtain wants, he wants every ones mind off obamacare, the most fracked up thing any president has done since woodrow wilson initiated the private central bank and called it "the fed"! ACA is worse! Minds off the bait, lets get rid of Obamacare!

  • Anthony
  • rwp24382

    Just what if the gays and liberals wanted to have DD taken off the air? Maybe Phil was set up. The person doing the interview knew their religious background and how frank speaking the man is. Easy to set up. Make a mountain out of a mole hill and have him fired. His words weren't vile, they were honest and to the point. It's just the intolerant pc tolerants had a way to take off a show they detest. It's against everything they stand for. They had an easy way to do away with one of the most successful cable shows ever, that had no gays in it.

  • Michael Bethel

    I don't know... that's giving them a lot of credit for intelligence. Personally I still believe that they had no clue as to who their audience really was/is for this show. After all, it's NOT the same audience that they have for their other shows. It's really rather mind boggling that they even fired up this show to began with other than they thought they were just airing a bunch of hicks that their normal crowed would have fun poking fun at.