Douglas County sheriff cuts ties with A&E over Robertson flap

Douglas County sheriff cuts ties with A&E over Robertson flap

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DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller says he's cutting ties with the A&E network in response to the suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.

Robertson, the family's patriarch, was suspended last week for comments he made to GQ magazine about gays. The Douglas County Sentinel reports that the sheriff's department will no longer work with the network - which has filmed portions of "Beyond Scared Straight" in the Douglas County Jail.

Miller says his response to Robertson's suspension is a statement about a man expressing his Christian beliefs, and not one about homosexuality.

"My point is simply this: that Phil Robertson or anybody else in this great country has a right to say , ‘I believe in the Bible,' and if he makes a quote from the Bible, he ought not be punished or chastised as a result of that," Miller said.

"Duck Dynasty" is filmed in Louisiana, and the state's lieutenant governor has offered to connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network.

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