The Robertson family has released a statement not only thanking fans for their support and prayers, but also stating emphatically, there will be no show without the patriarch of the family, Phil Robertson.

The statement reads in part;


“We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right,” the statement read. “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.’”

The statement also noted that they are a family that is “rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word” and that Robertson is a “Godly man.”

“While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible,” the statement read. “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.”

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