Dec 20, 2013 5:23 PM
NEW YORK (NBC News) - The future of "Duck Dynasty", the most watched show in cable history, remains in doubt today.
At issue are racial and anti-gay comments made to a magazine by the family patriarch Phil Robertson.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, Robertson said that before civil rights blacks in his words, "were happy. No one was singing the blues"
He also paraphrased the Bible, listing homosexuals with male prostitutes, drunkards, swindlers and others "who won't inherit the kingdom of God".
Those comments prompted cable network A&E to suspended Robertson indefinably and now his family is threatening to pull the plug on production.
Late Thursday night the family issued a statement in which they said:
"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"
A&E, which has made the family's deep-seeded faith part of the show said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments.
The network went on to say that Robertson's personal views in no way reflect those of the network.
Fans of the show oppose the suspension and support Robertson.
"He said exactly what he felt and exactly what he thought according to his beliefs and as a Christian he's being persecuted for it," said Monroe, Louisiana resident Byron Sanders.
Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal as well as Sarah Palin have weighed in supporting the Robertson family.
The family says it may not have come across in the quote but Robertson's a man with love in his heart that believes in treating people with respect and equality.
A&E has its supporters, too who applaud the network for putting principle above profits.
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