Duck Dynasty producer Deidre Gurney revealed what she thought about Phil Robertson’s statements about homosexuality during a recent interview. Gurney said that although she remained silent as controversy swirled around the reality show star, she wanted to defend Robertson.
During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter the Duck Dynasty producer had this to say about Phil Robertson:
“I don’t think anyone expected it to be that kind of reaction and get that much attention, and so no one was prepared with what this really meant, what to say. What I wanted to do was to be able to speak and explain, but we couldn’t. We know our talent. I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people, people of different races, and people from all different places and who love this shows… and this family treats them like family.”
The Phil Robertson defender went on to note that her company, Gurney Productions, was not involved in the managing of the initial fallout after the Duck Dynasty’s comments about faith and gays late last year. According to Deidre Gurney, the task of dealing with controversies involving reality show talent falls to the network. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, A&E, the network which airs Duck Dynasty, briefly suspended Phil Robertson.
The reality show star also sparked some controversy in May after comments made during a 40-minute address to the White Ferry Road Church congregation were publicized.
Phil Robertson addressed all the media attention he received and directly addressed both the GQ interview and the controversy which followed:
“They were mad at me because instead of acknowledging their sin like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sin. ‘Don’t deceive yourself’ — you want the verse? The news media didn’t even know it was a verse. They thought I was just mouthing off. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexual immoral, nor the idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor druggards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherent the kingdom of God.”
Phil Roberston was reciting the remarks made by Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:9.
The Duck Dynasty producer also noted that there is a difference between what Phil Robertson personally believes in relation to how he understands the dictates of his faith, and the how the reality show star believes people should be treated. “He stands by his beliefs,” Deidre Gurney concluded.
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