Fox News isn’t ducking the controversy over Phil Robertson’s recent anti-gay comments.
“Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson will discuss the firestorm over family patriarch Phil’s comments to GQ magazine during a previously scheduled appearance on Fox News Channel’s All-American New Year special, the network said Monday.
The Robertsons will speak with the news network’s Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, appearing live in their first television appearance since Robertson was reinstated on the A&E reality series, following a very brief suspension.
Robertson, who describes himself as a product of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle who turned to Christianity after hitting rock bottom, was placed on indefinite suspension after he lumped homosexuals in with drunks and terrorists during the interview, among other comments.
However, the suspension was quickly lifted following widespread backlash from “Duck Dynasty” fans and social conservatives. New episodes of the series are scheduled to begin filming in the spring, along with public-service announcements that promote “unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in ‘Duck Dynasty,'” according to A&E.
After the suspension was lifted last week, GLAAD, which initially criticized Robertson’s comments, cautioned that Robertson would need to meet with those he offended with his remarks.
“If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers,” the group said.