La. gov. critical of A&E over Robertson 'hiatus'

Louisiana Gov. Jindal critical of A&E after 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson is suspended

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This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, "Duck Dynasty." The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. In a statement Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in GQ magazine. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The A&E cable television network's suspension of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of his home state.

The network, a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., says Robertson was placed on "hiatus" after he gave an interview in GQ magazine disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers.

Governor Bobby Jindal issued a brief statement on the matter Thursday.

Jindal didn't offer an opinion on Robertson's comments but said everyone is entitled to express a view. He added: "It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

The show is produced around the Robertson family's home base in Ouachita Parish.

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