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TODAY   |  December 23, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ star defends anti-gay comments

Speaking publicly for the first time since he was suspended by A&E for comments he made to GQ magazine, Phil Robertson defended his anti-gay statements.

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>>> a lot. the star of duck dynasty is breaking his silence over the controversy that landed him in hot water. phil robertson was suspended after making anti-gay comments in gq magazine . he told a bible study group i love all men and women. i'm a lover of humanity. not a hater. but he made it clear he would stand his ground. he said i will not give or back off from my path. now a and e obviously now is dealing with the backlash on this. cracker barrel which initially pulled merchandise from duck dynasty off the shelves, they're putting it back. they're finding out how popular the show is.

>> very popular.

>> their fans are supporting them.

>> can i just say i love cracker barr barrel.

>> mario here with a side note.

>> hash browns.

>> no matter what time.