A&E's Xmas Gift to You: Duck Dynasty Marathon

Network either cashing in on brouhaha or trying to assuage fans
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2013 11:08 AM CST
A&E's Xmas Gift to You: Duck Dynasty Marathon
Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people.   (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

If you stand with Phil, you can sit down now for the rest of the day: A&E has yet to reinstate Phil Robertson, but it's kicking off a 12-plus-hour Duck Dynasty marathon beginning at 3:30pm today. That amounts to what Fox News calls a "staggering" 25 episodes back to back. A&E didn't respond to Fox's request for comment on its motives, which are raising some eyebrows. "It's A&E trying to play both sides of the coin,” says one celeb blogger. "They've come out and not supported Phil's statements… however, they're also looking at the backlash from the fans, and they have a huge amount." (Read more Duck Dynasty stories.)

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