COLUMBUS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A hunting and outdoors company is the latest to stand behind its partnership with Duck Commander following the suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.
The Columbus-based Realtree said in a statement that they will continue its partnership with the Robertson family.
“Realtree’s partnership with Phil Robertson and the Duck Commander team has remained strong for nearly a decade. Our plan is to continue that partnership,” Realtree stated. “As a company, our values align well with the Robertson’s. Realtree’s ‘Family, Friends, and the Outdoors’ slogan is one we take to heart. We support everyone’s right to their opinion, and we certainly support Phil’s right to his.”
Realtree isn’t the only company continuing its business with Duck Commander. Baltimore-based Under Armour told CBS Baltimore that they will continue its relationship and after receiving an overwhelming amount of criticism, Cracker Barrel put its “Duck Dynasty” products back on the shelves after initially removing some items.
“We respect all individuals’ right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different,” Cracker Barrel said on their Facebook page.
Last week, A&E indefinitely suspended the patriarch of the Robertson family after calling homosexuality illogical and comparing it to bestiality in an interview with GQ. Following his suspension, the Robertson family released a statement saying they cannot picture the show going forward without the Duck Commander founder.
Despite the suspension, Robertson will still be seen on the upcoming fifth season of “Duck Dynasty” which premieres Jan. 15.