LOS ANGELES – 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, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertsons comments in Januarys issue of GQ magazine.
His beliefs are personal and dont reflect the views of A&E or the show itself, the channel said.
Robertson has been placed on an indefinite hiatus from filming the hit reality show, which follows a colorful Louisiana family that manufactures duck calls. Duck Dynasty has set cable ratings records for a non-fiction series.
In the interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson put gays into the company of others who are sinners, including adulterers and swindlers.
The gay rights group GLAAD has condemned Robertson in the wake of inflammatory remarks about gay people.
A British judge has jailed the former lead singer of rock band Lostprophets for 29 years for a string of sexual offenses, including trying to rape a baby.
Ian Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty last month to 13 charges, which included sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a fan to abuse her child and making child pornography.
Monaco royal baby
Monacos royal family has welcomed its newest member: a baby boy born to the daughter of Princess Caroline.
The palace announced Wednesday that Charlotte Casiraghi gave birth to Raphael a day earlier. The babys father is French actor and comedian Gad Elmaleh.
Actor’s guilty plea
Actor Wes Studi has pleaded no contest to driving while intoxicated and was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence in Santa Fe.
Studi entered the plea last week as part of a deal with prosecutors. He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service, attend DWI school and a victim-impact panel and have an interlock system put in his vehicle.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Cicely Tyson is 79. Singer Maurice White is 72 Singer Janie Fricke is 66. Actress Jennifer Beals is 50. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 47. Actress Kristy Swanson is 44. Model Tyson Beckford is 43. Actress Alyssa Milano is 41. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 33.