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posted: 12/27/2013 4:59 PM

A&E reverses 'Duck Dynasty' decision

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  • Phil Robertson was suspended from "Duck Dynasty" for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people but was reinstated by the A&E network in a statement Friday.

      Phil Robertson was suspended from "Duck Dynasty" for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people but was reinstated by the A&E network in a statement Friday.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The A&E channel said it's reversing its decision to drop "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson from the show for his remarks about gays.

In a statement Friday, A&E said it decided to bring Robertson back after discussions with the Robertson family and "numerous advocacy groups."

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The channel had put Robertson on what it called "hiatus" following his comments in a magazine article about how the Bible informs his view of gays.

His comments were slammed by groups including GLAAD, the gay media watch organization. But A&E's decision drew a backlash from those who said they supported Robertson's comments and others who defended him on the basis of freedom of speech.

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