Months after ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on sexual sin and other issues in an infamous GQ interview that resulted in his suspension from the hit A&E show, his son is sharing some insight into the incident.
Speaking to CNS News recently, Jase Robertson suggested the interviewer was hostile toward his father, presumably because of the family’s strong Christian faith. In fact, the younger Robertson said the whole family was there at the beginning of the interview; however, they soon left when they saw the tone of the conversation become unfriendly.
He said he urged his dad, who allowed the GQ reporter into his home, to call off the interview “because the questions were hypothetical, argumentative, and controversial.”
According to Jase, this was the first experience with such a rude interviewer, noting that the southern family had grown accustomed to individuals showing “a certain amount of respect” upon entering a person’s home.
“He was using four-letter words,” he said of the interviewer, “a lot of F-bombs, he was making fun of some of the things we hold true. The first statement of the whole process was, he looked at me and said, ‘Do you actually expect people to believe that you waited until you got married before you had sex?’”
That question set the tone for the entire interview, he recalled.
As the ordeal continued, it seemed to Jase that the hostile tone was based largely on the fact that the Robertsons embrace their faith in front of a huge television audience each week. He would not go so far as to say the intent was to cause his family pain, however.
“No,” he told CNS News, “I don’t want to get into the mind, but the questions were only about controversial things. He asked about, he looked at my dad and said, ‘What do you think of homosexuality?’ Which my dad didn’t really answer but, you know – and so, it went from there. You see what I mean?”
A huge response from fans of the reality series prompted A&E to rescind the elder Robertson’s suspension shortly after it was imposed earlier this year.
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