U.S. network A&E has suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson (pictured) indefinitely, after he made a series of controversial statements in an interview with GQ magazine.
Robertson made a number of anti-gay comments in the interview, which was published online yesterday (December 18), including comparing homosexuality to bestiality. His statements led to condemnation from a number of LGBT civil rights groups, including GLAAD and The Human Rights Campaign.
In a statement, parent company A+E Networks said: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty.
“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.”
Duck Dynasty, which is produced by ITV-owned Gurney Productions, has been a ratings hit for A&E in the States, recently drawing some 9 million viewers for its festive special. The series is expected to continue without Robertson, as he forms part of an ensemble cast and is not the main focus of the show.