Following the uproar surrounding the reality star's GQ
interview, A&E, which airs Duck Dynasty
, issued the following statement:
"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."
GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz applauded the suspension, telling The Wrap
, "What's clear is that such hateful, anti-gay comments are unacceptable to fans, viewers and networks alike. By taking quick action and removing Robertson from future filming, A&E has sent a strong message that discrimination is neither a Christian nor an American value."