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“Shipping Wars” star found dead Friday night!

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Roy Garber, one of the stars of the A&E Show “Shipping Wars” died Friday night after suffering a heart attack.

The reality star was rushed to a hospital in Texas after suffering a heart attack, and passed away shortly after, according to his longime girlfriend.

According to his family, Roy had been suffering from a heart condition for some time. A rep for A&E said they are “deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the A&E family.”

Roy was 49-years old.

Posted Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 8:08am
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A&E caves, allows Phil Robertson back on ‘Duck Dynasty’

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We all knew A&E wasn’t going to allow ‘Duck Dynasty’ to leave the network. Two weeks ago the network indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the hit show from the series following his controversial comments about gay people. Shortly after A&E announced Phil was off the show, the rest of the family said they wouldn’t continue on without him. Fast forward to today, and A&E is backtracking, saying Phil WILL be back as part of the series in the upcoming fifth season.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E said:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So 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.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

 

It was purely a financial move on A&E’s part – if you ask me. They couldn’t let their money-makers go. And they ended up not making much sense about the whole thing. They may have suspended Phil, but they certainly let the re-runs continue to air!

For its part, A&E did little else in the wake of Robertson’s comments than the initial suspension. Encores of the series have continued to air, including a marathon on Christmas Day, and canceling or delaying the Jan. 15 season five premiere never seemed to be on the table.

Duck Dynasty is a huge asset for A&E. In addition to being the top-rated reality program on cable, second across all of cable to only The Walking Dead with an average 13.4 million viewers and 7.6 million adults 18-49 in live-plus-7 ratings, Duck Dynasty has multiple brand tie-ins. Duck Dynasty gear is available across in retailers across the U.S., including Walmart, Sears and Cracker Barrel restaurants.

The entire Robertson family has been on hiatus for duck hunting season, a contractual stipulation, which continues through Jan. 26 in their native Louisiana.

Are you surprised A&E caved so quick?

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Posted Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 2:14pm
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‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson breaks his silence!

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Phil Robertson isn’t taking back a word he said. Even though his controversial comments in the latest GQ issue ended with A&E suspending him from his popular TV show, he’s not changing his position. During a recent Bible study group in West Monroe, Louisiana, the 67-year-old said “I will not give or back off from my path. We are a bunch of rednecks from Louisiana, but I am not uneducated, I have a degree from Louisiana Tech. But this week I have been called an ignoramus.”

“This week I have been asked, ‘Is this the first time you have brought up sin?’” he recalled during the religious meeting. “I said, ‘Are you kidding? I have been traveling to and fro spreading this message.’ Then he said, ‘Well do you invite yourself to go and get your Bible and tell people what you are now sharing with us?’ I said, ‘No they are inviting me.’”

Robertson added, “I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.” He then lead the group in prayer and shared, “I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.” The bearded television figure made no direct mention of A&E, which placed Robertson on hiatus from filming “indefinitely,” the network told Us Weekly.

As previously reported, the duck hunter sparked controversy last week after he made several homophobic and racially-charged remarks in an interview published in the Janurary 2014 issue of GQ.

After the network placed the father of four on suspension, his family released a statement on their website in support of him. “We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm,” the Robertson family wrote. “We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.”

Where do you stand on the issue? Are you changing your position?

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Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 9:09am
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The cast of ‘Duck Dynasty’ say they can’t imagine continuing the show without Phil Robertson

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Phil Robertson’s family has come to his defense following his homophobic comments got him suspended off his hit show, ‘Duck Dynasty.’

While admitting his comments were “coarse,” Phil’s family said in a statement last night that continuing their A&E show without him wouldn’t be possible. Here is their statement:

“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”

Robertson, 67, was suspended from the show indefinitely. The family is now saying without their patriarch, they will have no show.

This subject has gotten some serious heat. Not only on my FB page, but everywhere else as well. Check out some of these reactions!

There has been a firestorm of debate over Robertson’s comments, with groups including GLAAD calling it hate speech and politicians including Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin calling it free speech.

While I agree his comments were nasty, I have to agree with (what seems to be) the majority of people. He has the right to believe what he believes. It seems odd to me that he gets suspended, yet the sex and violence that is rampart on TV is okay. He wasn’t inciting violence, he was stating his religious beliefs (and I know some people like that myself).

I have a feeling ‘Duck Dynasty’ is going to pick up and head to another network – and I’m curious to see how A&E is going to handle all this.

Posted Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 6:06am
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‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson SUSPENDED from show for his anti-gay comments!

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“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has been suspended from the popular A&E show following his shocking remarks on homosexuality in the latest issue of GQ magazine.

Recap: The 67-year-old reality star equated same-sex relationships with bestiality. “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus, that’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

He continued, “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.”

A&E chose to suspend the star after the remarks were revealed. “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,’” A&E Networks said in a statement. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.”

Are you surprised the reality star was suspended? Do you think it was warranted?

Posted Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 8:08am
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