For the most part, it’s a victory but to me something still seems hollow. My parents always told me never look a gift horse in the mouth so I will take this for what it is and say “Welcome Back Phil Robertson, we miss you!” for now. But along with 14M Americans will be watching to see how the future plays out.
The Hollywood Reporter reported the A&E statement today:
As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.
That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.
Even though both are back together, the network has lost thousands of viewers. It will be hard pressed to see if they are retained.
One thing is for sure. GLAAD, the NAACP and Jesse Jackson got doughnut on this one. Nothing. Squat. If they decide to boycott the show who cares….they probably don’t even watch it