"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," the company said in a statement on Wednesday, after declining to comment earlier in the day. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
GQ's January issue quotes Mr. Robertson on subjects including sin. "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," Mr. Robertson said, according to GQ. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
"Don't be deceived," Mr. Robertson continued in the article, paraphrasing Corinthians. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
When first asked for comment on Wednesday, A&E sent along a statement on behalf of Mr. Robertson.
"I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior," Mr. Robertson said in the statement. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
The "Duck Dynasty" series has been a ratings bonanza for A&E, most recently drawing 8.9 million viewers for a Christmas special.