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Lt Gov: Duck Dynasty important to La. tourism

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:32 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013

NEW ORLEANS » Louisiana's lieutenant governor says the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show is important to state tourism — and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network.

The network suspended patriarch Phil Robertson last week for telling GQ magazine that gays are sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers.

"Regardless of one's views on Phil Robertson's statements, Duck Dynasty has been an important representation of the state of Louisiana, inspiring prospective visitors and investors since its debut," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said in a statement emailed Saturday.

The show is produced around the Robertson family's home base in Ouachita Parish. KNOE-TV of Monroe reported in February that the show was bringing people from around the country who wouldn't otherwise stop in northeast Louisiana. The Duck Commander warehouse has become a tourist attraction, said Alana Cooper, director of the Monroe-West Monroe Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Dardenne, whose job includes running the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said the audience of tens of millions is eager to visit Louisiana.

"If the Robertson family cannot come to an agreement with A&E and wants to continue the show, Louisiana already has the infrastructure in place to maintain their record-breaking program," he wrote.

The lieutenant governor did not immediately answer a request for comment Sunday.

Dardenne, who authored the state's film and TV tax credit program, said he would use his influence in the state's industry to help the Robertsons.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that everyone is entitled to express their opinions.

More than 1.7 million fans have liked an impromptu Facebook page titled "Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty" — one of numerous pages with similar names, though none of the others has even 1 percent as many "likes."

"Duck Dynasty" is on hiatus until Jan. 15. A network spokesman told the AP on Thursday that nine of next season's 10 episodes have already been filmed. That means Robertson likely isn't needed in front of the camera before next March.





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localguy wrote:
Nothing wrong with freedom of speech. Nothing wrong with a network not wanting to be affiliated with someone exercising free speech it considers offensive, unacceptable for their standards. Free world, do what you want and accept the consequences. That said, sometimes it is better to engage your brain before opening your mouth. Just a thought. PS: Louisanna never has been know as one of the brightest of the 50 states.
on December 22,2013 | 07:57AM
2NDC wrote:
Problem is that the "knee jerk reaction" of the network did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to "fix" the issue of the man and his offensive speech. The new season is nearly done filming, with the man appearing in the episodes, they're still having their "Duck Dynasty Marathon" where the man appears in the episodes. Exactly what did the "suspension" accomplish? The network got a bunch of publicity, thousands of messages from viewers and yet the "offensive" man still appears on television. I'd sure like to know the real motivation behind the network's reaction. Was it basically a "feel good" think where they think they'd be able to appease a certain group while still profiting from a very successful show? If they really felt that strongly about this "offensive" man and what he says and stands for, then they should pull the show and replace it with something else. I sure hope the family leaves A&E and finds another network.
on December 22,2013 | 08:48AM
pueouhane wrote:
So much brouhaha over whistle makers that call n sucker-punch ducks n turkeys.
on December 22,2013 | 09:01AM
hawaiikone wrote:
At least they know how to spell "Louisanna".
on December 22,2013 | 09:03AM
geralddeheer wrote:
It appears this situation is really quacked up. I'll go now.
on December 22,2013 | 07:58AM
serious wrote:
Oh, come on gerald, don't duck the issue!!! If it were in Hawaii we'd have a special session to allow gay bashing!!!
on December 22,2013 | 08:08AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Oh wow. The GOP government in LA going to get into producing TV?
on December 22,2013 | 12:56PM
2NDC wrote:
A&E just wanted the free publicity. Their supposed "suspension" of the man means absolutely nothing because he's still in the episodes they're airing. If it was that big of a deal, then they would have pulled the show or edited him out until they could film new episodes without him. A&E is a big joke.
on December 22,2013 | 02:05PM
ross13moon wrote:
I’m wondering if A&E and the Robertsons have conspired to “staged “ this controversy for mere publicity?
on December 23,2013 | 02:40AM
peanutgallery wrote:
If it isn't staged, it's the dumbest move ever by a network. It will be the single largest financial hit one has ever taken.
on December 23,2013 | 03:57AM
ross13moon wrote:
...and you probably believe the “real” in reality
on December 23,2013 | 08:41AM
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