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'Duck Dynasty' patriarch hears from supporters

Updated: Thursday, December 19 2013, 03:28 PM CST

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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'Duck Dynasty' patriarch hears from supporters

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