Duck Dynasty Family ‘Glad to be Back to Work’ After Controversy

In a New Year’s Eve interview, Willie Robertson said the family is ready to move on after his father was suspended from the show over comments he made about gays and blacks

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Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, 41, told Fox News Tuesday night that his family was looking forward to moving on after his father was temporarily booted from the show over comments he made disparaging gays and minimizing racial segregation.

“We’re just glad to be back to work. A&E and us are fine,” Robertson said on Fox News’s “All-American New Year” program. “It’s a new year. We’re ready to break in the new year and start all over again.”

Robertson’s father, Phil Robertson, was suspended from the show after his statements linking homosexuality with bestiality and sin, and suggesting that blacks were not unhappy in the segregated American South, were quoted in the January issue of GQ Magazine. After the interview was published, Phil stood by his comments, refusing to apologize. Groups including Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and the NAACP criticized the comments. A&E issued a statement distancing the network from Phil’s beliefs and suspended him from the show indefinitely. He was reinstated Friday after nine days.

“You know we are ready to move on,” Willie Robertson told Fox. “I think we all learned a lot and we are just ready to move on and the family is happy and we are ready to go.”

[Fox News]