A&E says it’s “extremely disappointed” over antigay remarks Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson made in an interview with GQ magazine that went viral Wednesday. In the interview, released this morning, the conservative, Christian Phil called homosexuality “illogical” and cited Bible scripture to compare it to bestiality and adultery.
After some quick prodding from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the network has placed Robertson on indefinite leave. In a statement, A&E chiefs said:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Translation: The rest of the family will return to the show, but Phil will remain off camera for an undetermined amount of time. The risky move could prove to be a headache for A&E, which has a ratings winner in Duck Dynasty. The August season premiere of the hit reality series attracted a record-setting 11.8 million viewers.