A&E Receives Death Threats Over 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension

Television network decided to suspend Phil Robertson over negative comments about homosexuality.
3:00 | 12/21/13

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the controversy over a hit reality show, taken to a disturbing, new level this morning. A&e network is receiving death threats, following their decision to suspend the star of "duck dynasty," after his comments over homosexuality. The family's loyalty to their patriarch runs deep. And so does the loyalty of fans and sponsors. Matt gutman has the latest details. Reporter: Their tv's first family of reality. But these stars are refusing to duck and cover. New accusations flying faster than clay pigeons for the hunti hunting family. The latest of is phil robertson giving this fiery sermon in 2010. Women with women, men with men, they committed indecent acts with one another. Reporter: These comments made before "duck dynasty" became the most-watched reality show ever. But following the incendiary comments robertson made to "gq" magazine, about homosexuality and african-americans during the jim crow south. While comedian jon stewart made light of things. I was assume it was a show where ducks re-enacted the show "dynasty." Which would have a huge gay audience. Reporter: This is no laughing matter for a&e, which has riden the juggernaut. The harry mugs are said to be worth $400 million in merchandising alone. Now, the robertson family is threatening to walk back into the bayou. In a statement saying, in part, as a family we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. And neither can some supporters. Sponsor, underarmour, has decided not to drop the robertsons. Phil's publisher, simon & chuter, also holding fast. A&e says the channel has received death threats from fans. A&e are in a tough position. Fans of the show are upset. They're citing freedom of speech. And saying he should be a able to say whatever he wants. Reporter: On the internet, patricians popping up. 13 of them saying robertson should be reinstated on change.Org alone. And the that petition to boycott a&e, over 4 million likes and counting. Not bad, boys. That's fanty shooting down there. They said if anything were to divide them up, they would quit the show. And looks like they're living up to their word. This has sparked a nationwide debate. And coming up on "good

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