"Duck Dynasty" returns to the airwaves with new episodes - WNCT

"Duck Dynasty" returns to the airwaves with new episodes

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After controversy surrounding comments made by Phil Robertson, "Duck Dynasty" returns to A & E Wednesday with all new episodes for its fifth season.  Something new this season for viewers, they will get to meet Willie and Korie's daughter, Rebecca.   

Even though patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from the series for nine days, the cable network reran episodes constantly.

Phil Robertson made comments to GQ magazine about homosexuality being sinful and he also said, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks.

His remarks as well as the networks decision to suspend Phil from the show at the time, caused division. The Douglas County Sheriff told A&E they couldn't shoot episodes of "Beyond Scared Straight" at the county jail, until it reversed its decision to suspend Phil Robertson. Sheriff Phil Miller said, "I don't think you should be punished for your belief in the Bible and what it says. That's no disregard to anybody. I think you have the right to believe what you want to believe, but when somebody punishes you for your belief, and your Christian values, which is the foundation of this government, I believe. It's been a part of our history, throughout our history and I believe I ought to get to believe in the Bible without repercussions. If A&E does the right thing, I'll do the right thing."

Cracker Barrel stores and restaurants continued selling Duck Dynasty related products after previously pulling products from shelves.

In a statement, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.

The channel's move was lauded by the gay civil rights group GLAAD, which had quickly condemned Robertson's comments.

The Robertson family issued an official statement about A&E's decision concerning having Phil off the show.  CLICK HERE for the entire statement.

Robertson and his extended family became wealthy manufacturing duck calls.

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