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Posted: December 23, 2013

Report: Phil Robertson to return to "Duck Dynasty"

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By Jennifer Brett

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Looks like he's back, jack.

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson will be back on the A&E show when filming cranks up again following the holidays, according to sources quoted by Entertainment Weekly.

"Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds,” EW's source said.

A&E announced the suspension last week after comments he made to GQ magazine stirred controversy.

“Don’t be deceived," he said, paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 9:6. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God."

A GLAAD statement said "Phil's lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe," and A&E swiftly announced the suspension, saying, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community."

Then came an enormous backlash, as fans took to social media in support of the family patriarch. The strong surge of "Duck Dynasty" supporters caused Cracker Barrel to rethink pulling some "Duck Dynasty" merchandise from its shelves.

The family issued a statement last week hinting they'd part ways with A&E if Phil wasn't part of it. Over the weekend, family member Jep Robertson made an Atlanta appearance. He didn't say much about the controversy (or anything else) but didthank fans for their support.

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