Alan Robertson on Phil's Return to DUCK DYNASTY: 'We Will Continue to Represent Our Faith'
In an interview with E!, Alan Robertson, the son of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, commented on A&E's decision lift his father's suspension following anti-gay comments Phil made in an upcoming issue of GQ magazine.
"Our family has become even closer through the past 9 days and we are excited to keep making a quality TV show for our dedicated fans, who have showed us wonderful support," Alan Robertson told E!. "We will continue to represent our faith and values in the most positive way through Duck Dynasty and our many projects that we are currently working on. The outpouring of support and prayer has encouraged and emboldened us greatly."
Following A&E's announcement that Phil Robertson would be returning to Duck Dynasty in 2014, both advocacy group GLAAD and Faith Driven Consumer -- the organization that created the widely circulated IStandWithPhil.com petition -- released statements. Read BWW's earlier report on their reactions HERE.
The controversy erupted last week, when Phil Robertson was suspended from the reality series indefinitely by the A&E network in the wake of his anti-gay comments in the January issue of GQ. Said Phil, "Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Since that time, everyone from Charlie Sheen to Sarah Palin to the late night host circuit have weighed in on the controversy.
Season five of Duck Dynasty is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, with back-to-back episodes at 10:00 and 10:30PM ET/PT.