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Originally posted 12/20/2013 07:50AM
While admitting his anti-gay comments were "coarse," Phil Robertson's family said Thursday night that he was speaking from the heart – and from the Bible – and that continuing to work on A&E's Duck Dynasty without the family patriarch would be inconceivable.
A&E suspended Robertson this week for comments to GQ in which he likened homosexuality to bestiality, among other controversial remarks. In a statement posted to their website, the family defended him.
"We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the statement reads in part. "While some of Phil's unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible."
Originally posted 12/19/2013 04:00PM
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has made a statement of support for Phil Robertson, who was suspended from A&E Network's Duck Dynasty for making anti-gay comments.
Jindal claimed that Robertson, 67, was simply exercising his freedom of speech in the interview for GQ in which Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality.
"I don't agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive," Jindal said in a written statement. "But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment.
"It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended," Jindal added.
Originally posted 12/18/2013 08:30PM
Duck Dynasty is down a star.
A&E, which airs the reality show that follows the duck-hunting and duck call-creating Robertson family, has suspended patriarch Phil Robertson indefinitely from filming following his anti-gay comments printed in GQ.
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," says a statement from the network that was sent to PEOPLE. "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."
Originally posted 12/18/2013 10:00AM
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has some advice for the nation: Repent.
"The Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off," the reality star tells the January issue of GQ (on newsstands Dec. 24). "We ought to just be repentant, turn to God and let's get on with it, and everything will turn around."
He continues, "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong ... Sin becomes fine."
Originally posted 12/18/2013 08:30AM
PEOPLE's annual Year-End issue looks back at the best and worst of 2013, including tributes to this year's fallen stars like James Gandolfini, an exclusive interview with President Obama and Michelle, and the best in TV, film and music.
Re-live 2013's shining moments (other than everyone getting tired of twerking).
Cue Jennifer Lawrence, this year's cover girl. She's the star who we wanted to be pals with all year long, starting with her charming topple up to the stage to accept her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook to the sassy new sassy new haircut she debuted while promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 04:00AM
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Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00AM
As any Hallmark card can tell you, the holidays are about bringing people together. For some of us, that means reuniting with grown-up children, or welcoming long-lost cousins into our homes. But for musicians, it means something else: seasonal duets, often performed with the oddest of partners.
From reality-show novelty songs to stocking-stuffer EPs, Christmas isn't Christmas until two people who have no business being in the same room have crowded in front of the mic to sing a holiday classic. Why do they do this? You should just as soon ask Black Friday shoppers why they camp out for hours in front of big-box stores. Holiday magic is a compelling thing.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 06:00PM
This ain't no Kardashian Christmas card.
Duck Dynasty's Korie and Willie Robertson are sharing personal holiday photos that show a happy, grounded – and in one case beard-free! – family embracing holiday traditions like meetings with Santa Claus and hitting the slopes.
But Christmas is about more than just shopping and skiing for this family: as devout Christians, they've told PEOPLE that they've "always been blessed with the season." In fact, they adopted son Will around the holidays 11 years ago, and one month after that, found out they were expecting daughter Bella.
So in the spirit of the season, take a look back at some of the Robertsons' favorite holiday snapshots, and visit duckthehalls.com for more festive moments from the whole Duck Dynasty clan.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 11:25AM
If you've ever wondered what Miley Cyrus could possibly have in common with Prince George – aside from a seeming penchant for teddy bears – well … now you have your answer.
Both have made the cut for Barbara Walters's list of the Most Fascinating People of 2013.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 01:00PM
Kay and Phil Robertson head up the tight-knit Duck Dynasty clan, but a new documentary reveals it hasn't always been hearts and home cooking for the bayou's reigning power couple.
In a short film titled The Robertsons, released this week by the Christian group I Am Second, the longtime Louisiana duo open up about Phil's former struggles with alcohol and infidelity that threatened to split them apart.
"The drinking got worse," Kay says in the film. "And I knew then but I didn't want to believe it; [he] was running around on me. And what I would tell my boys all the time is, 'That's not your daddy. That's the devil in your daddy.' "
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