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'Duck Dynasty' patriarch hears from supporters

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 3:40pm  ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The patriarch of the family featured on TV's "Duck Dynasty" is getting some support from some well-known followers, after he was suspended from the series indefinitely for making disparaging remarks about gays.

A&E, which carries the show, announced yesterday what it called a "hiatus" for Phil Robertson after his comments in the January edition of GQ magazine. In the interview, he was asked his definition of sinful behavior, and he said, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," with behavior such as bestiality.

On her Facebook page today, Sarah Palin has a picture of herself with the reality show clan, and the message, "Free speech is an endangered species." Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement saying, "It's a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended." The reality show is filmed in Louisiana.

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy by manufacturing duck calls. They were turned into TV and pop culture stars by "Duck Dynasty," which has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series.

Responding to initial criticism of his GQ remarks, Robertson said his mission is to teach people that men and women are meant to be together, but that he would "never treat anyone with disrespect" because they are different.

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APPHOTO LAMON301: File-This Nov. 7, 2013 file photo shows Phil Robertson, the Duck Commander, holding the 1 millionth duck call assembled for 2013 at company's warehouse in West Monroe, La. The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. In a statement Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in GQ magazine. (AP Photo, The News-Star/Margaret Croft) NO SALES (7 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NYET600: This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, "Duck Dynasty." The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. In a statement Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in GQ magazine. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard) (20 Aug 2012)

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