The patriarch of the Robertson family, Phil Robertson, whose family owns one of the larger hunting brands in North America, will be part of the cast on A&E’s Duck Dynasty when filming for the new season starts next year.
According to the press release from A&E,
While Phil’s comments made in the (GQ) interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the ‘coarse language’ he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate.
Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family, a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A&E Networks also feel strongly about.
So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.
Phil Robertson was suspended from the show indefinitely the week before Christmas over comments he made about homosexuality during a recent interview with GQ magazine.
Duck Dynasty is the highest rated show on cable and one of the highest rated shows of all time for a single episode viewing.
The Robertson family has not issued a statement following the recent A&E press release.