Louisiana: We'll Keep Duck Dynasty on the Air
Show's creator played gay porn star in movie
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2013 4:01 PM CST
This undated image released by A&E shows Phil Robertson, flanked by his sons Jase Robertson, left, and Willie Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty."    (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

(Newser) – With Duck Dynasty on the ropes, it's Louisiana to the rescue. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has written a letter to the show's cast offering "to use his influence among Louisiana’s growing motion picture industry to seek out alternative production options" in case A&E axes the program, Raw Story reports. In his letter, Dardenne doesn't support Phil Robertson's views on gays, race, or same-sex marriage, but calls Duck Dynasty "an important representation of the state" and a boost for tourism. Dardenne has long encouraged TV and film production in Louisiana, helping to make it the nation's third-most productive state after California and New York. In other Duck Dynasty news:

  • Cracker Barrel has decided to put Duck Dynasty products back on the shelves, just 48 hours after pulling them off, ABC News reports. A wave of angry responses from fans and customers convinced owners to change their minds. "You flat out told us we were wrong," the company said. "We listened."
  • Show creator Scott Gurney acted in a 2001 movie called The Fluffer, playing ... a gay porn star, BuzzFeed reports. His meth-addict character repays drugs with, ah, services and becomes the object of a male film student's obsession. Click to see a video sample (it's not explicit).
  • The Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted in support of Robertson and urged congregants to picket A&E, the Christian Post reports. "Hey @DuckDynastyAE, you think you can [expletive] on God's law and @WBCSays look the other way?" the tweet reads. "Picketers, rev your engines!"
  • At least two networks—the Christian-inspired Hunt Channel and the Pursuit Channel—are hungry to produce Duck Dynasty if A&E drops it, Fox News reports. "A&E is too scripted," said Hunt owner Merrill Sport. His channel "would let the personalities flow."
Click to read about Newt Gingrich's comparison of Roberton with ... Pope Francis.