NEW YORK (AP) – Nielsen says “Duck Dynasty” drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere. That audience was slightly higher than for October’s fourth-season finale of the A&E reality show. But last summer, 12 million viewers caught the fourth-season premiere. Set in Louisiana bayou country, “Duck Dynasty” follows a family that manufactures duck calls […]
Phil Robertson’s religious beliefs are of no interest to me or to a great many other Americans, I should think. I have no idea why GQ magazine, which is aimed at fashionable men, took an interest in a scruffy guy with a beard. Now, however, the host of A&E’s Duck Dynasty has become a rallying point for those who oppose the aims of GLAAD, after the civil rights group called attention to his anti-gay remarks in the magazine. Great. That’s just what gay rights need, a popular spokesman for homophobia. If GLAAD had not called attention to Robertson’s GQ interview, it probably would have got all the attention it deserves, which is to say almost none.
Its flagship reality series, Duck Dynasty, will resume filming in the spring with the entire Robertson family, including patriarch Phil Robertson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When the A&E network suspended “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network said. A&E announced Wednesday what it called a “hiatus” for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said […]
The Hatfields & McCoys is helping Comcast strike gold. The cable company is selling its NBCUniversal unit’s 15% stake in A&E Television Networks for $2.8 billion. That’s 40% more than the value Comcast attributed to the collection of cable networks in a regulatory filing just two months ago — on May 2.