After the very public suspension of patriarch Phil Robertson, and the initial pushback from his supporters, A&E has announced that Phil Robertson will return to the “Duck Dynasty” series at some point in 2014, A&E made the confirmation earlier today (Friday).
“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,” the network said in a statement.
“We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But 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.”
Robertson was already on an “indefinite hiatus” by A&E earlier this month after talking about his religious beliefs and opinions on homosexuals and African Americans during an interview with GQ.