'Duck Dynasty' Christmas marathons to run despite Phil Robertson suspension
Though Phil Robertson is suspended from "Duck Dynasty" after his recent anti-gay comments in GQ, fans will still be able to see him on A&E over the holidays. The network's pre-scheduled "Duck Dynasty" Christmas marathons will continue as planned.
On Dec. 22, "Duck Dynasty" will run from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET; on Dec. 23, from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.; on Dec. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Dec. 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. All told, that's 35.5. hours of "Duck Dynasty" air time.
Meanwhile, E! News reports that the Robertsons are serious about the threat they made in their official statement regarding parting ways with A&E. Sources claim the family might leave "Duck Dynasty" altogether since Phil has been suspended.
"They're an extremely tight-knit family and they're not going to let this get in the way," the source says. "[Phil] is the reason for their success -- they're not going to abandon him. They're also not about to let anyone threaten their religious beliefs."
A&E did not comment on either report to Zap2it at press time. The upcoming Season 5, which premieres on Jan. 15, shot nine of its 10 episodes before Phil Robertson was suspended.