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Fans, Sponsors Speaking Out In Support Of "Duck Dynasty" And Phil Robertson

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This duck isn't backing down with Phil Robertson telling a Bible study class Sunday he's "not a hater", but adding, "I will not give or back off from my path".

The patriarch of "Duck Dynasty's" family of hunters ruffled some feathers last week with allegedly anti-gay and racist comments to GQ Magazine.

Robertson told the Bible study class that, "from the beginning Jesus said, 'it is a man and a woman," according to the Daily Mail and confirmed by ABC News.

Couching everything on the Bible, Robertson seemed to dig himself further into a hole, likening being gay to being an adulterer and a liar. According to those sources, saying "what's the difference?"

Robertson's son, Allen, addressed the congregation, deadpanning: "Hope your week went well..." and "ours was kinda' slow".

But, not necessarily bad. Since A&E suspeneded Duck Daddy Robertson last week, major sponsors are hanging in: including Under Armor, Walmart and Cracker Barrell, which announced last week it would remove "Duck Dynasty" merchandise, only to back pedal over the weekend.

"The family now has this very strong brand that they could probably market and eventually take elsewhere if things don't work out," says Variety managing editor Ramin Setoodeh.

And, it's not like fans are seeing any less of hunting clan. A&E, which is partly owned by ABC, is in the midst a "Duck Dynasty" marathon through Christmas. In addition, Entertainment Weekly is reporting the show's fifth season starting in January will, in fact, feature Phil. Losing the show could create a huge ripple in the swamp, says Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardene.

"I certainly want to see this show continue...it's clearly increased our tourism, particularly in the northern part of the state and that's what I like to see happen," Dardene says.

Matt Gutman, reporting: "As I saw when I spent a day with them, the 'Duck Dynasty' factory is a sort of an outdoorsman's mecca."

They're likely to remain popular, even if - as they've threatened - the entire flock leaves A&E for another nest.

Click the links below for previous stories we have done in relation to "Duck Dynasty" and Phil Robertson:

"Duck Dynasty" Star Placed On Hiatus After Anti-Gay Comments
Meet The "Duck Dynasty" Family Members
"Duck Dynasty" Stars Jase and Missy Robertson Sit Down With WJBF

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