A&E Networks could have another PR headache on its hands with "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson. Less than six months after Mr. Robertson made disparaging remarks against homosexuality in an article that ran in GQ magazine, a video has surfaced of him making similar comments last month during an Easter Sunday service. It also comes just weeks ahead of the return of the A&E reality series.
During a sermon on Easter Sunday, Mr. Robertson acknowledged the GQ article, which was posted online in December.
"Don't deceive yourselves," he said. "You want the verse? The news media didn't even know it was a verse. They thought I just made it up. Is homosexuality a sin, the guy asked me. I said do you not know the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God."
He then went into the verse about homosexuality, quoting from the Bible: "Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
Mr. Robertson added that we have all had those sins, including himself, but they were there to be reminded of those sins.
A&E on Friday morning declined to comment. After the last incident, the network initially suspended Mr. Robertson from filming the show, but later reinstated him, saying ''Duck Dynasty" was about more than one man.
Mr. Robertson's latest comments pose a slightly different situation for A&E because they were made in a house of worship rather than a national magazine for general audiences.
Last time around, advertisers wound up sticking with the show when it returned in January. But viewership has steadily declined. "Duck Dynasty" brought in just 6 million viewers for its season five finale, down from the 8.4 million who tuned in to the season four finale.
The sixth season of "Duck Dynasty" will begin June 11.