EXCLUSIVE - 'Hung out to dry': Duck Dynasty star and family hit out at A&E for letting his controversial interview go public and for suspending him for homophobic comments
Phil Roberston and his family believe that A & E are discriminating against them for their deeply seated 'Christian beliefs'
‘You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it ever became public,' said a source close to the family
Despite the star's suspension, the Robertson family has a merchandise empire that is estimated by Forbes to be worth about $400million - and their deal with Walmart makes up around half of this
By Will Payne
PUBLISHED: 02:43 EST, 21 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:49 EST, 21 December 2013
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and his family believe they have been ‘hung out to dry’ by TV network A&E after he was suspended for homophobic comments made in a magazine interview, MailOnline can reveal.
Sources within the close-knit Louisiana clan say they are convinced A&E are manipulating the controversial situation to bring them – and particularly Robertson – back into line after Television executives grew tired of the family pushing their deeply-held, Christian beliefs.
They also think the network could have done something to stop the controversial GQ article being made public, because an A&E representative was present during the interview with patriarch, Roberston, 67.