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The suspension of the Duck Dynasty patriarch does not apply when the show returns next month

The suspension of the Duck Dynasty patriarch does not apply when the show returns next month

The embattled father in the reality show Duck Dynasty will be seen when the show returns on 15 January.

Phil Robertson has been in the middle of a media firestorm due to remarks he made to GQ about gays.

Although A&E, the network that airs the show, placed the patriarch on ‘indefinite’ hiatus his footage that has been previously shot will be used when the show resumes.

‘There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show,’ an insider close to the situation told Entertainment Weekly, as reported by Mediaite.

‘We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds,’ the source continued.

Whatever ‘suspension’ Robertson faces could only include upcoming episodes that have not been filmed.

In the GQ interview, Robertson compared gay sexuality to bestiality and also grouped ‘the homosexual offenders’ with prostitutes, swindlers, drunks and others who ‘won’t inherit the kingdom of God.’

He also offered an interpretation on the segregated South, maintaining when he grew up blacks were ‘singing and happy.’

The Robertson clan issued a statement in support of the family elder, marinating his beliefs are deeply held.

‘Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart" and "Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.’

The furor over Robertson has turned into a fierce debate about free speech and conservative Christians in the public square.