Will Duck Dynasty Get Cancelled? [UPDATED]
Please do not let this show get cancelled!! It seems that my favorite TV family has hit another bump in the road. First cast of Duck Dynasty was in salary negotiations with the powers that be at A&E. Now, family matriarch Phil Robertson has been placed on indefinite hiatus for recent statements he made about homosexuals in an interview.
The show has recently been pulling in around 14 million viewers each week. Before Season 4 got underway the cast was holding out for more money; wanting $200,000 per episode. They got that and filming continued. Now the question is will filming continue for a new season after A&E placed Phil on indefinite leave?
Phil's recent interview with GQ magazine stirred up controversy and the decision by A&E's executives to remove Phil from further episodes; at least for the time being. Rumors have now begun that Phil has been fired and the show may be cancelled. At this point none of that is true. Phil was placed on leave but has not been 'fired' and no one has mentioned cancelling the show.
I personally think this will blow over in a few weeks and things will return to business as usual. From the comments I've seen on Facebook, Twitter and following online articles, everyone seems to be positive and supportive about the fact that this is Phil's opinion, not A&E's, and he is entitled to his opinion.
Although it did put A&E network in a bit of a pickle because they are longtime supporters of the LGBT community, they are just on 'damage control'. Although, you can't make everybody happy, happy, happy all the time no matter what you do or say.
The Robertson family is standing strong beside their patriarch and have presented an official statement on their Duck Commander site. This is the official statement:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.
So what is your opinion on this most recent controversy?