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'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson once again under fire for homophobic comments

A temporary suspension from a hit reality show isn’t nearly enough to sway Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from his controversial beliefs.

The reality star — briefly placed under hiatus for anti-gay and racist statements he made in the January issue of GQ — has once again made his homophobic stance known, this time in an Easter Sunday sermon at his hometown church.

In a video posted to YouTube by Whites Ferry Road Church, Robertson blasts the “absurd” media coverage of his temporary dismissal by the A&E Network and defends his inflammatory comments. As a refresher, here’s what he told GQ about gay men: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

In the new video, Robertson attempts to rationalize the national outrage his quotes caused, telling the congregation that people were upset because “instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don’t deceive yourselves,” he warns. READ FULL STORY

A colt named after Tony Danza? Kentucky Derby horses with pop culture ties

UPDATE: Danza finished in the money in third place behind 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and second-place finisher Commanding Curve.

ORIGINAL POST: There’s more pop-watching at this year’s Kentucky Derby than just spying celebrities wearing fancy, oversized hats and sipping Mint Juleps.

For instance, Danza (pictured), described as a “tough colt,” is named for Who’s the Boss actor Tony Danza. The horse’s father is named Street Boss, and a round of brainstorming led owners to the names Who’s the Boss, then Tony Micelli, Danza’s character on the show. Neither name was approved; they settled on simply Danza.

“It’s thrilling,” the human Danza told ABC News. “Wish my father was around to see this — he was a horse player and this would have been big.”

Another horse also received its name from a TV star: Uncle Sigh is a riff on Si Robertson, the wily uncle on the reality series Duck Dynasty. The colt’s owner is reportedly a fan of the A&E show. READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty' season premiere react: Surprise!

Duck Dynasty is back … and as hairy as ever!

The fifth season kicked off Wednesday with the return of Rebecca, Willie and Korie’s exchange-student-turned-daughter who spent the last two years interning in the fashion industry in the City of Angels. After Willie and John Luke grabbed Rebecca, her five suitcases, and her French bulldog at the airport, everything was set in motion. Korie was planning a surprise party for everyone other than Si, who spent the episode infecting Miss Kay with the bird flu. Yes, the bird flu. The upside: Sick Si loves watching every Air Bud ever made on VHS — even Air Bud: Spikes Back! — and discussing how the dog is better than Jason Bourne. READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty': Rev. Jesse Jackson says Phil Robertson is 'more offensive' than Rosa Parks' bus driver

Louisiana’s lieutenant governor may want to see Phil Robertson and his Duck Dynasty family stay in the reality TV business for the sake of his state’s tourism, but one person who wants to halt capitalization on the controversial Robertson is Rev. Jesse Jackson. According to ABC News, which obtained a statement from Jackson dated Dec. 23, he and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, along with GLAAD, are asking to meet with execs from A&E and Cracker Barrel to discuss Duck Dynasty memorabilia and content. Cracker Barrel had removed select Duck Dynasty merchandise from its shelves Dec. 20 but returned it two days later — and apologized for offending its customers. A&E is being pressured to reverse its decision to suspend Robertson from the show after comments he made in a GQ article expressing his views on homosexuality and pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana. READ FULL STORY

Late Night Highlight: Clay Aiken talks 'Duck Dynasty' homophobia controversy -- VIDEO

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Everybody’s got an opinion on Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended from his hit A&E show after making ardently anti-gay comments in a recent GQ interview — including singer Clay Aiken, who famously came out in 2008. And thanks to an appearance on Thursday’s Arsenio, Aiken had a chance to air his Robertson thoughts on national TV.

“Homophobia, all of it’s built out of fear,” the American Idol runner-up told his old Celebrity Apprentice pal Arsenio Hall. “If the person had said something about interracial marriage, or said ‘we need to put all children with disabilities in institutions,’ would we still be saying, ‘well, that’s free speech, we’re okay with that opinion’? And I think the answer is ‘no.’”

(For the record, Robertson did make racist comments in his interview as well, saying that while growing up in pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana, “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once… They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’ — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”)

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Sarah Palin continues to love the First Amendment, alludes to it in 'Duck Dynasty' defense

If Fox News ever enters the original movie game, I’ve got the perfect premise for its first film: Sarah Palin and Free Speech: A Love Story.

The former Alaska governor just can’t stop bringing up her favorite constitutional amendment — especially when complaining about all the folks using their right to free speech to criticize conservatives for exercising their right to free speech. Or something. (She uses “free speech” and “First Amendment rights” pretty interchangeably, so I’m going to as well. That’s my right as an American.)

Take yesterday, for example, when she wrote a blistering defense of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson — who was suspended by A&E after making anti-gay comments in a new GQ interview. “Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin wrote on Facebook beneath a photo of her posing with the Duck Dynasty gang. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

And this, of course, is far from the only time Palin’s gone to that same “free speech” well. Her affair with the First Amendment has been long, torrid, and undoubtedly frustrating for constitutional scholars. Come, let’s take a walk down memory lane:
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Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' of 2013: Miley Cyrus, Kimye, Prince George, and more

It’s that time of the year again, when Barbara Walters decides what exactly it means to be fascinating.

To make the list this year, it seems you either had to have a rebirth in your career, give birth to one of the most anticipated celebrity babies ever, or just simply be born. Walters announced nine out of the 10 spots for her annual special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year. The final and “most fascinating” spot is traditionally kept under wraps until the air date, this year on Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here’s a look at the list:
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The year's most popular Halloween costume? It's not Miley...

Neil Patrick Harris may have already won Halloween, but what are your plans?

The holiday is right around the corner, which means you hopefully have your perfect pop-culture costume all planned out (casting shakeups mean Fifty Shades of Grey just became relevant for another year). But there’s nothing worse than showing up at a Halloween party and discovering that three other people are rocking your creative costume.

EW reached out to a few popular Halloween costume stores to find out what the big sellers have been this year, and it turns out that the person you may see the most Oct. 31 is… the Robertson family.

According to Brad Butler at Halloween Express, for men, the most popular costume this year is the gang from reality show Duck Dynasty. On their site, the costume is currently sold out. Other popular costumes include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as perennial superhero faves, such as Superman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Batman. (But is anyone going as Batfleck?)
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'Duck Dynasty': See Uncle Si's best wise-quacks in one supercut -- VIDEO

Any fan of Duck Dynasty knows that Uncle Si doesn’t like to watch what he says — and that’s why he brings more laughs to the show than any other member of the bushy-bearded Duck Commander staff. So in preparation for the reality hit’s season finale (Wednesday at 9 p.m. on A&E), we’ve put together a supercut of all of Si’s best phrases, from “I sting like a butterfly and punch like a flea,” to “That’s why I always go to the women’s bathroom — they’ve got better toilet paper.” Give it a watch — it’ll make you happy, happy, happy:
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'Duck Dynasty' premiere: Wait, did I just cry?

I had to see what this Duck Dynasty situation was all about. Little did I know that by tuning in for Wednesday’s season 4 premiere, I’d be entering a WORLD OF TEARS prompted by the pop-up vow renewal ceremony of Willie’s parents — Phil Robertson and his wife of 48 years and counting, Miss Kay.

Phil is instantly my favorite character, a thoughtful voice of reason who quietly arrives at the punchline (somehow nearly every sentence he deadpans has a punchline) at his own pace. “Miss Kay, you wanna know something?” he asked his wife as they sat along the creek. “You are my best buddy.” READ FULL STORY

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