Ga. Sheriff Won’t Assist A&E Following Suspension Of ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — One Georgia sheriff is not welcoming A&E into his county after the network suspended “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his comments on homosexuality.

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller announced on his Facebook page that his office will not help assist A&E with their productions.

“I know it will not matter to A&E, but it will make me feel better,” Miller posted on Facebook. “A&E has produced more than a half dozen programs with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. They will not do any more with my assistance while I am Sheriff.”

Miller said it was wrong for A&E to indefinitely suspend Robertson over his Christian beliefs.

“It was about a man stating his Christian beliefs without malice or judgment, and losing his job. That’s wrong,” Miller told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A&E suspended the patriarch of the Robertson family and founder of Duck Commander following the controversy that surrounded his comments in a recent GQ interview.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson stated. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Robertson also compared homosexuality to bestiality in the interview.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson told GQ. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The Robertson family released a statement last week saying they could not imagine doing the show without him.

“Duck Dynasty” is on hiatus until Jan. 15. A network spokesman told the AP on Thursday that nine of next season’s 10 episodes have already been filmed. That means Robertson likely isn’t needed in front of the camera before next March.

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