Saturday, December 28, 2013
The A&E Network has reversed itself on the decision to suspend Phil Robertson from the "Duck Dynasty" television show. Mr. Robertson will return to the program in the new season. A&E had suspended Mr. Robertson over comments concerning gays and African-Americans he had made in an interview with GQ magazine. A&E took the position that the comments were at variance with its corporate policies.
A&E's reversal of the Robertson suspension seems to be an acceptance of fan reaction, which was swift and substantive, and manifested itself powerfully through social media. However, A&E has indicated that it will issue PSAs to promote "unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people."