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

(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.

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.
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)
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