“Duck Dynasty” Season 5 Kicks Off Tonight

Posted Wednesday January 15, 2014 3:40 PM GMT

For many fans, tonight (January 15) has been a long time coming as “Duck Dynasty” returns to the airwaves with the Season 5 premiere.

And despite the controversy stirred up by Phil Robertson’s less-than-tactful comments (and his short-lived suspension), the whole family is on board for a whole new round of A&E fun.

Robertson previously ignited a few fires in the media when he told GQ magazine he was against homosexuality, leading to multiple pleas from GLAAD to ban Phil from the show.

He stated, "It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man's anus; that's just me. I mean, come on, dudes! ... It's just not logical. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there- bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

After initially suspending Phil, A&E caved to the show’s fans (it’s the #1 program on cable television). "We at A&E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold. But 'Duck Dynasty' is not a show about one man's views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family ... a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness."

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