A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

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    Dec. 31, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    @Mark B - we know plenty enough to conclude the current administration is dishonest and incompetent. You want specifics? Look at Badgerbadger's comment, plus the following:

    Obama claims he knows nothing about Fast & Furious, IRS scandal, and spying on AP journalists until he hears news reports. Sure.

    Obama is allegedly incensed about Fast & Furious, Benghazi (caused by a video!), IRS scandal, spying on journalists, etc., and he'll "get to the bottom" of these outrages and hold people accountable. After the election, of course, if anyone is still interested and he has time.

    With Obamacare, policy premiums and health care costs will be lower, our national deficit will be reduced, and everyone who prefers the plans and doctors they have will be able to keep them - PERIOD! And, he's incensed at the botched rollout and will hold people accountable.

    To improve our economy and create jobs, Obama wants to raise the minimum wage, decimate the coal industry, delay the Keystone Pipeline, pour hundreds of millions into unproven green energy schemes, double our national debt, and impose financially draconian health care mandates on employers. Yeah, that'll work.

    Dishonesty and Incompetence are the twin pillars of this administration.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    This was nothing but a publicity stunt by the show and the cast.
    Kind of feel sorry for the folks that thought "something real" happened.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 28, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    "They would never have done the same thing to a tv star stating liberal opinions and therein lies the hypocrisy of the left. "

    Kind of like Martin Sheen.... they would never fire a dude for mouthing off... because he is a liberal.... oh wait!

    Truth is there are plenty on both sides who have had their shows cancelled or not renewed because of their stance. Ellen Degeneres had her show cancelled after she came out and turned it into a platform for her new cause, and fans turned off. Rosanne Barr mouthed her talk show right off the air. Rosie O'Donnell hasn't had so much luck since coming out. This list goes on and on.

    Thing is these people, both conservatives like Alex Baldwin, and liberals like Martin Sheen have been censored by their employers. Lets stop pretending this is a partisan issue.

  • slcjimmy SLC, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    That's right Utah keep aligning yourself with the ideology of The South & Texas. Definitely something to be proud of.

  • Duckhunter SLC, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 5:00 p.m.


    Surely you can see the difference between an actor on a so called "reality" show and news personalities who are charged with representing the views of the network they report and comment for?

    Not even vaguely the same thing.

    Of course I was talking about A&E specifically and not a bunch of news agencies, news agencies need to keep some semblance of reasonableness and non bias even if they do have a certain philosophical bent. For them to have any credibility at all they have to expect their paid commentators and personalities to be considered trustworthy and honest. Once again it isn't even comparable.

    But why don't you show us even one liberal actor from a tv series that has been censored and/or punished for remarks about conservatives and/or Christians? There may be some, I'd be interested to know who they are and what they said.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    "That's okay that they brought Phil back. I could(nt) care less. I never watch the show anyway and Phil has damaged the show beyond repair. A&E will end up cancelling the show."

    Quite the opposite...the show and it's brand have enjoyed huge growth since the GQ interview comments came out. What I find hilarious is that this whole thing really backfired on the activist groups who apparently don't understand how exposure and advertising (negative or positive) work. Their boycott of Enders Game because of Orson Scott Card's anti gay remarks only ballooned the movie's sales and branding. A&E knew this would be a setup against Phil and tried to get him to play by their rules by censoring him, only to feel the full backlash from DD viewers who have exponentially increased the value and interest in DD because of A&E's censoring. They could have said nothing and it would have amounted to nothing.

    All that said, Phil does present some ignorant views. His ideas on Shintoism are just hilarious if not tragic. I don't agree with everything he said, but don't agree with censorship either.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Now the courts need to reverse their decision and give the people what they voted for!

  • Open Mind Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    I thought Jesse Jackson calling Phil racist was the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Also, he has a black grandchild.

  • postaledith Freeland, WA
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    That's okay that they brought Phil back. I could care less. I never watch the show anyway and Phil has damaged the show beyond repair. A&E will end up cancelling the show.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    It's A&Es choice whether or not they want to keep someone around who claims black people were better off in the Jim Crow era than now and who thinks that Shintoism and the lack of belief in Jesus is why Japan attacked Pearl Harbor but hey, a lot of you are so busy being indignant against gay people that you probably didn't even know the other stuff he said. Just uh... maybe not jump the gun on claiming he's some sort of beacon of morality.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    "They would never have done the same thing to a tv star stating liberal opinions and therein lies the hypocrisy of the left."

    Firings or suspensions:
    Martin Bashir (MSNBC) comments about Sarah Palin
    Ed Schultz (MSNBC) called conservative Laura Ingraham a vulgar name.
    Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) made campaign contributions to Gabby Giffords and 3 others
    Bill Maher (ABC) agreed with Dinesh D'Souza the 9/11 terrrorists were not cowards, while Americans are.
    Juan Williams NPR:people wearing muslim garb make him nervous
    Phil Donahue anti-Iraq War statements
    Michael Savage (MSNBC) told a caller he was a pig and wished he would get AIDs and die
    Mark Halperin (MSNBC) called Pres. Obama a vulgar name
    Alec Baldwin (MSNBC) anti-gay slurs

    Can you provide a list of firings/suspensions from Fox or other conservative programs?

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    It would be nice if that "national public compain for unity and tolerance" will include encouraging gays, bi and lesbians to let people to express religous beliefs without trying ot get them fired or threatening some sort of hate crime lawsuit. This includes supporting businesses that cater to gays lifestyle rather than trying threaten others that do not want to participate in their marriages or lifestyle.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    @ Hutterite

    This is not a DN article. It's Associated Press. They didn't conveniently ignore anything.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Whose morals and beliefs prevailed?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    "So stop crying about the details of what he said.", I'm told. I'm not crying about it. I don't mind it a bit; and could even paraphrase it in a more crude manner than phil did, and be comfortable doing it. My point was and is there's irony, and even a little risk, in an outlet like the DN creating a poster boy out of someone whos' treatise from GQ they could not possibly publish here. They do exactly the same thing with CS Lewis, a man I admire, by putting some of his words to print while daintily stepping around some of the literary land mines he left behind. It's disingenuous, and even a little exploitative, and I'm pointing that out.

  • Duckhunter SLC, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    You know we have the right to say pretty much whatever we want, but we are not immune from the consequences of what we say. Phil said what he said and it appeared he'd suffer the consequences of doing so. Of course A&E had the right to kick him off the show, but they also had to suffer the consequences of their actions and they were called out for it. In the end though it should really come down to what is the right thing to do and that of course was for A&E to never make a big deal out of it in the first place. They would never have done the same thing to a tv star stating liberal opinions and therein lies the hypocrisy of the left. If they had even the slightest record of similarly punishing liberal tv stars that spoke in favor of offensive behavior then I would give them credit for consistency although they still would be wrong for punishing someone over their opinion. But of course that has never happened, and never will. Hypocrites.

  • atlcoug Atlanta, GA
    Dec. 28, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Bob Pomeroy -

    Have you ever watched the show? Have you ever seen how the show ends, with a family prayer and meal, and observations about the importance of family and God? You may or may not enjoy the entertainment that precedes the end, but every one of their shows ends with something virtuous,lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Great news, but this was only able to happen because "a flood of support from those who share his views and others who defended his freedom of speech". Unless more of us are willing to stand up for our Christian views, the gay community will silence our voice too. Let us learn that we must voice our views in defense of family values!

  • jzer Haworth, OK
    Dec. 28, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    So sick and tired of christians being bullied and harassed by the supporters and promoters of gay marriage and homosexuality. I look forward to the day that those on the right boycott, complain, and file lawsuits with the same vigor that the left does. The left has to realize that the freedom of speech, religion, and press of others is just as protected as their own. Their view of tolerance continues to include only tolerance of the views that agree with their own. Getting Duck Dynasty back on A&E may only be a small victory but we'll take it.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Dec. 28, 2013 5:27 a.m.

    "The show obviously took a look at what was likely going to cause them the most financial harm, and acted accordingly. "

    That describes the decision making process that goes into every corporate policy. Money first. Money second.

  • Johnnyoh! ,
    Dec. 28, 2013 5:22 a.m.

    It seems as though there is no place for an opposing when one speaks from their convictions
    when God or the bible is involved.
    A&E reinstated Phil for no other reason than the Cable Network telling them to, funny they capitulated, then again maybe not, they don't have the core values of the guy from Duck Dynasty

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:26 a.m.

    Its a popular show, but is there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy in it, really?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:59 p.m.

    "For once, the politically correct didn't succeed in suppressing the speech of a Southern Christian man."

    Yeah, well the comments made by the "Southern Christian man" are too crude to print in Deseret News.

    So much for "standards."

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    "The show obviously took a look at what was likely going to cause them the most financial harm, and acted accordingly. "

    That describes the decision making process that goes into every TV show. Money first. Money second.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:53 p.m.


    You are missing the point. Phil was set up. He was asked a question which he answered. Representatives from A&E were there and said nothing at the time to ameliorate the situation. Then they immediately went out and attacked. Phil had a right to answer the question put to him without being accused of standing on a soap box. I believe he was too coarse in his comments but he had a right to answer honestly what was put to him.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Exactly as I predicted when this so-called brouhaha erupted. This entire things was a setup to garner more popularity for their TV show (there is some indication now that this was planned). It worked. Sales of merchandise is up. Those who never heard of Duck Dynasty, have now heard of it, and another season is coming to DVD next month (how convenient). Yes, folks, you've been duped while A & E (Walt Disney) laughs all the way to the bank. Hey, if twerking worked for Miley, then a little twerking of the mouth for Duck Dynasty should also do the trick, and it did.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 6:53 p.m.


    There are many truths out there that aren't exactly G rated and thus would not be included in a family friendly newspaper. If you want examples, I'm happy to provide some. I'll start with just one. Liberals support abortion, and yet the process is so inhumane and cruel that the details would not be published in a family friendly newspaper. So stop crying about the details of what he said.

    I support his views and am glad he stood up for what is right.

    Great job Phil, keep up the good work!

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Dec. 27, 2013 6:48 p.m.

    Money = Godliness.
    Just ask A&E and the Robertson Clan.
    Let's just see and listen to see who will tell the truth!

  • Wixom Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    Well yeah, anyone associated with Duck Dynasty is making money. I'm surprised A&E said anything in the first place - they should know most Americans, esp. Duck Dynasty viewers are going to be supportive of traditional marriage.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    This is good news! For once, the politically correct didn't succeed in suppressing the speech of a Southern Christian man. Glad to see Phil didn't back down.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    Phil was never denied freedom of speech. On the contrary, he was given a big stage and said some things that caused his employer some concern. The show obviously took a look at what was likely going to cause them the most financial harm, and acted accordingly. There's stuff I'd like to say and have published about religious people, but I don't think my employer would be happy about it. Does this mean I've had my freedom of speech taken away?
    Ironically, DN, which usually gets itself worked up about anything stronger then G rated, is conveniently ignoring some of the stuff Phil said, which was somewhat distasteful, in order to paint him with a positive brush.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Great news!

    Way to go Phil for standing up for good things.

    Keep up the good work to all the Duck Dynasty clan.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    Keep it up Phil! Now watch the true haters go bananas. Not a surprise at all. I failed to see any hate in Mr Robertsons statements, just his belief in the traditional Christian Ideals, and stated without remorse. All true Christians, have sympathy for, and a desire to help sinners overcome weakness. Besides, we all have weaknesses and sins to overcome!

  • md Cache, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:10 p.m.

    Amazing. They will allow him freedom of speech.
    It seems Jessie Jackson and GLAAD have less power than they think they have. The almighty dollar meant more to A&E than bowing to the shrill voices who are easily offended.