UPDATE: There seems to be some confusion circling around this story. The title ends with a question mark and there is NO CONFIRMATION that Phil is back. There are pre-recorded episodes of the next season, and A&E has no intention of pulling them. Again, there is NO CONFIRMATION that Phil is back. All that is here is a source close to the situation saying A&E would never walk away from the show.
A lot of media sources are beginning to claim the entire A&E discrimination scenario was just a PR stunt aimed at getting the gay community to back off. The chatter suggests Duck Dynasty, A&E’s biggest and most lucrative show, was never really on the verge of collapse and Phil Robertson was never on the chopping block.
It has now been revealed that Phil Robertson will be returning to Duck Dynasty on January 15. A&E said they have no plans to fire the star.
It appears as though the war on Phil Robertson and his freedoms of free speech and religions aren’t quite so savage. Although A&E declared they were suspending the star “indefinitely, ” it was apparently only a façade for the gay community as sources say they still intend to air episodes featuring Robertson .
A new statement is out by a source close to the situation that makes it clear A&E has no real intention of actually suspending Phil Robertson.
But what about his suspension—is A&E going to stand by their statement?
A source close to the situation stated that, “There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show. We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds.”
Apparently they’re not done milking this money cow yet as once again, money has proven dominance over morals.
While this should have Robertson supporters continuing in outrage because the network basically used us as pawns (if true) for an attempt to throw a PC bone to the gay community, it gives the LGBT groups a much blacker eye. It basically says to those LGBT groups that A&E doesn’t actually view Robertson’s statement as something warranting the removal of his role in the show.
So the gay community got absolutely nothing here (again, if true). And a new movement with teeth was born on behalf of Phil Robertson’s right to speak his views and do so without discrimination.
Quite an interesting turn of events if true!