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UPDATE: Duck Dynasty Star Suspended, More Debate Ingited

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UPDATE: NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- TMZ has released a new video of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson expressing his views on homosexuality during a 2010 sermon in Pennsylvania. 


Robertson essentially shares the same viewpoint about homosexuality which has put him at the center of controversy after comments made to GQ in an upcoming article were released. In response, A&E has suspended the star. 

But the date of the video is what is drawing new debate. The sermon was well before the show went to air, begging the question why would the network punish Robertson for a viewpoint which was known before signing off on the show? The TMZ report states "A&E is being for feigning shock about something it definitely knew all about."

Adding to the debate are Robertson's comments to GQ about his experiences growing up in the Pre-Civil-Rights Era in Louisiana. I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. Im with the blacks, because were white trash. Were going across the field.... Theyre singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, I tell you what: These doggone white peoplenot a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.

ALSO READ: Sarah Palin, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal voice support for Robertson. 

EARLIER: LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview.

In a statement Wednesday, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in GQ magazine.

His beliefs are personal and don't reflect the views of A&E or the show itself, the channel said.

Robertson has been placed on an indefinite hiatus from filming the hit reality show, which follows a colorful Louisiana family that manufactures duck calls. "Duck Dynasty" has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series.

In the interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson put gays into the company of others who are sinners, including adulterers and swindlers.

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