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Phil Robertson to return to 'Duck Dynasty'

A&E has invited Phil Robertson back to its hit reality show 'Duck Dynasty,' which will resume in spring 2014.
December 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A&E has invited Phil Robertson back to its hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," which will resume in spring 2014.

On Friday, the company released a statement saying that while they're disappointed with the anti-gay remarks Robertson made in a GQ Magazine interview, "Duck Dynasty" is not a show about one man's views, but about family.

In the interview, the duck hunter-turned reality TV star compared homosexuality to bestiality, and also said African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws.

According to the Daily Mail, which said it was granted access to the Bible study group, Robertson defended his comments, saying he was quoting the Bible.

"I didn't think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did," he said. "I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater. ... I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding."

The 67-year-old patriarch of the Louisiana family was suspended from the A&E show indefinitely last week. But, the network decided to bring Robertson back to the show after discussing it with the star's loved ones.

"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.

A&E says they will also be launching a PSA campaign about unity and tolerance.

The channel will resume airing new episodes of "Duck Dynasty" on Jan. 15.

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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