Cabler A&E on Wednesday placed Duck
Dynasty reality star Phil Robertson on indefinite filming hiatus
for declaring gay sex an illogical “sin” in an interview with
men's fashion glossy GQ.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina –
as a man – would be more desirable than a man's anus,” the
told the magazine. “That's just me. I'm just thinking:
There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on,
dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my
man. It's just not logical.”
Robertson, a Churches of Christ member,
offered a conditional apology after GLAAD complained.
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I
centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock
bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior,” Robertson stated in an A&E
press release. “My mission today is to go forth and tell people
about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part
of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.
However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they
are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like
Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved
God and loved each other.”
A&E issued a statement distancing
itself from Robertson's comments and announcing its decision.
“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,” the network said. “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.”