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  • 19 December 2013, 19:33

Duck Dynasty Star Dropped For Anti-Gay Slur

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from the reality show after calling gays "homosexual offenders" akin to adulterers.

Robertson, 67, made the disparaging comments in an interview with GQ.

He was asked his definition of sinful behaviour.

"Start with homosexual behaviour and just morph out from there," he was quoted as saying.

GQ said he then paraphrases a biblical reference: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won't inherit the kingdom of God.

"Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

A&E Networks announced what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson.

It said it was extremely disappointed at Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it stressed did not reflect the view of the show or the network.

A&E called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls and were turned into TV and pop culture stars by Duck Dynasty, which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series.

Several family members appeared in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

Robertson did not immediately comment on the suspension, though he had responded to initial criticism of his interview.

"I myself am a product of the '60s," he said in a statement, adding he had indulged in sex and drugs until hitting rock bottom and accepting Jesus as his saviour.

Although his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, Robertson said he "would never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

Governor Bobby Jindal issued a brief statement on the matter on Thursday.

Mr Jindal didn't offer an opinion on Robertson's comments but said everyone is entitled to express a view.

He added: "It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

In the GQ interview, Robertson also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

A&E said it had received no complaints about those remarks.

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