Uh oh. Someone forgot to tell Jack Osbourne that the Hollywood Approved™ reaction to A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson is to screech “homophobe!!11!11” and “burn the beard witch!”

On Thursday night, the Robertson family released a statement defending their patriarch for “expressing his faith” in a GQ interview. They signaled that they’re in talks with A&E about the future of “Duck Dynasty” and wrote, “We cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.”

As a former star of “The Osbournes,” Jack knows a bit about what it’s like to be a reality star. While he appears to think Robertson “f*cked up,” he applauded the family for sticking together and said he’d “hate to see the DD folks to be overly persecuted for this.”

Osbourne also weighed in on Robertson’s “obligation to uphold the image and views of” A&E. Depending on Robertson’s contract, that may be fair enough. But wasn’t it the Robertsons’ faith- and family-oriented beliefs that made them a cash cow for A&E?

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  • NRPax

    Jack, unless you have a copy of the contract with A&E that states “there is an obligation to uphold the image and views of that network 24/7” in your hands, you’re full of it.

    And he didn’t “screw up,” kid; he spoke his mind and wasn’t ugly about it.

    • Republicanvet

      My thoughts on both exactly.

      Expressing your beliefs is now f#%&ing up?

      • NRPax

        If you offend the holy scripture of the Lavender Lobby, yes.

      • Pat

        only if you are a gun toting Christian.

      • jetch

        they’re setting the baseline lower and lower. if it gets you in to trouble today for saying what he said, imagine what it will be like 5 years from now!!!

    • Batman

      Actually, Jack’s first comment is common sense. As for his second comment, Phil Robertson didn’t “f*** up.” “F*** up” is how you would describe Nikki Sixx. As for Phil Robertson, he simply confessed what he believes in, and he likely did so **knowing full well** that the LBGT community would be upset by it.

      Now, some Christians in his position may have not said as much, being aware of the possible reaction. But, it’s apparent that Phil Robertson doesn’t care about money or fame. ‘Cause folks, when you die, you’ll have NONE of that. You can have all the money and fame in the world NOW, but if you don’t have (1) God and (2) family, you really have NOTHING. When people hit rock bottom, only two things can bring you up: (1) God and (2) family. Those without those two things will likely commit suicide because they realize they have NOTHING and are ALONE.

      I can look at Phil Robertson and his family and know that they are HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.

      • TJCrane_NCC1701

        And you have to admit and admire that the man stands behind his convictions come heII or high water !

        Phil is one of the Christians who’d have been thrown to the lions in ancient Rome…..and he’d kill the lion !

  • Unknown User

    Um he didn’t “Fuck up” He is talking about his beliefs and A&E very well knew what they were buying when they got involved with that show. What they have tried to do is morph it into something that it isn’t.

    Ask Phil, I am sure he doesn’t consider what he did “fucking up”. What Jack doesn’t get is that with some there is no moral or convenient relativism when it comes to something like their convictions.

    • Mike Gilkey

      Craig, I agree. The Robertsons never hid what they stood for. A&E is trying to coerce them against their faith.

  • 24fan

    Picking up their crosses and following Jesus outside the camp.

  • skypilot77

    There was a time when more of the population had at least a working knowledge of Christianity that people were not surprised when Christians spoke up about their beliefs. This whole “private religion” is relatively new.

    Christianity is about going to people and “teaching them to observe all that [God] commanded . . .”

    The nation’s founders understood this — thus, the first amendment of the Bill of Rights where the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech are connected.

    • Harry A

      I totally disagree with everything A&E has done but this has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment.

      Also I’ve never heard the argument that the 1st Amendment was put in place to protect proselytizing.

      The 1stA only protects you from the government. If they are contractually able to, A&E would have every right to suspend/fire Phil for his comments. That doesn’t make that decision right, moral or a smart business move – but they have the right to do so.

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        so answering a question is now..”proselytizing”?

        and the federal government DOES make religious discrimination in the work place illegal.. little thing called the EEOC..

        “Religious Discrimination

        Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or
        employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law
        protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions,
        such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also
        others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.

        Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone
        differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an
        individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection
        with a religious organization or group.”


        The religious freedom in the 1st Amendment is codified in federal law.. if not in the Constitution itself.. you cannot fire someone for holding a religious view somebody hates..

        • Harry A

          I never said that Phil was proselytizing. OP said that the founding fathers understood that Christianity is about going to people and teaching them about God and getting them to convert (proselytizing) and thus created the first amendment. I have never heard this argument about for the creation of the 1st Amendment before.

          Secondly I’m aware that the federal government protects people from religious discrimination, again this has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. The EEOC and the 1st Amendment are not even close to the same thing. Had OP said the EEOC we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

          And again, if the contract contains any sort of “image” clause , than by signing it one would give up their right to claim protection under the EEOC. But I’m not trying to get into a protracted debate about EEOC here, my point is that this has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment – any statement claiming it does it simply wrong.

          • Michael Rice

            You also went on to say they have the legal right to fire him….which does bring the EEOC into it. As well, a contract can’t legally ask you to give up your rights.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            All Right– say you go to a place of business, and the fellow behind the counter, when you go to be served, tells you “Allahu Akbar– there is no god but God and His prophet is Muhammad!” Has he the right to do that? Is he protected from being fired for annoying all the Christians, Jews, Hindus or Buddhists who might come in the shop, because to do so would be religious discrimination?

          • bret robertson

            by the 1st ammendment yes he is but it doesn’t mean te jew christian buddist ect can’t retort as long as its done peacefully the answer is simple if it of don’t watch(9 duck dynasty)) as for your example next time pick a different register if he is the only employee don’t go back its that simple

      • blank

        > The 1stA only protects you from the government. If they are contractually able to, A&E would have every right to suspend/fire Phil for his comments. That doesn’t make that decision right, moral or a smart business move – but they have the right to do so.

        The “only protects you from the government” doesn’t apply to leftist speech. Leftist speech is not only protected against anyone, it’s mandated. (Try to own a biz and refuse to express leftist thought.)

      • Jeff McCabe

        “Also I’ve never heard the argument that the 1st Amendment was put in place to protect proselytizing.” It is. But your also correct, it is to protect from the government. Not a issue here.

      • Michael Rice

        Actually, the CIvil RIghts Act prevents a person from being fired based on religion. If his religion calls on him to answers questions honestly and with conviction…..then he was fired for it..

        • Harry A

          The Civil Rights Act and the 1st Amendment are two different things.


    “there is an obligation to uphold the image and views of that network 24/7”

    Just like your big mouthed CBS employed mother does, right?

  • $84598387

    Hey Jack! Phil didn’t screw up at all! You cannot screw up an opinion which guides your life. You may not agree with it but it is not a screw up!~

  • $84598387

    No on “screwed up” Jack. You cannot screw up a way of life!

  • Determined

    Very reasonable response and support for DD family and A&E. Balanced. nice.

  • ee1774

    “When employed by a TV network there is an obligation to uphold the image
    and views of that network 24/7, especially when speaking publicly.”

    Ehhhhhhhhhh…..I don’t think so……
    The Robertson’s were hired by A&E to star in their own reality show.
    They were hired to be themselves.
    I don’t think they were hired to follow in lock-step with whatever PC beliefs that A&E held.

    (Though I am impressed that Jack Osbourne once slept on the side of a cliff!!!)

  • TJ

    How many bleeps did The Osbournes show have. Even when they were on edited TV it did not uphold the image and views of that network, unless that swear filled show of their life is the image and views MTV wanted to broadcast. Well then A&E wanted to broadcast the Robertson family just as they are and got it with no need to self censor what one want to say.

    • Determined

      Yes, I would say that that was exactly the views and images of MTV.

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      MTV has no standards. Apparently neither do the douchebags at A&E.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Everyone phucks up,” says Ozzy Osbourne’s son.

    Except that in your father’s case, if he wasn’t such a “Phuck-up,” there had been no show at all.

    It remains to be seen if there’s some sort of “moral turpitude [sic]” (HA! How ironic!) clause that would stop Phil from “embarrassing” the show. If there is, and they’ve exercised it, then, Mr Osbourne, you’re of course absolutely right in your sentiment (if inelegantly expressed) that forgiveness is the order of the day.

    I applaud you, a man with two, shall we say “outlandish” parents, for your emphasis on the loving family and for what they must be going through.

  • Clete Torres

    Jack seems to forget something: the Robertsons were devoutly Christian and openly so at the time of the first taping. If A&E didn’t like that, they should have said so much earlier, and passed on the opportunity to put the Robertsons on nationwide television.

    If you need evidence of fucked up, I suggest you look inward toward your own family, starting with Ozzy. I like his music, but come on, really?

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

    What is being lost in this discussion about A&E and their indignation over Phil’s beliefs, is that despite their getting rid of him, they are running a DD marathon this week.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      It may well be the LAST money they milk out of that family name..

      Maybe it’ll help stave off bankruptcy another year, because IF DD leaves, I’ll never watch A&E again, and there are millions of others who won’t.. my sis in law, who lives with us, is a democrat and DD devoted fan.. and she’s outraged over their treatment…

      A&E cut their own throats on this.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        I hope this turns out to be the biggest lesson out of this. It may be the most effective way to get through.

    • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That really pisses me off. A&E decides to destroy this family but is going to squeeze every last drop of blood out of them as they are run out of town on a rail.

  • http://www.wakeupblackamerica.blogspot.com/ goteki45

    Phil has never said anything about his views on homosexuality UNTIL HE ASKED SPECIFICALLY then and only then did he respond.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Facts and details, pfft!

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Beware of this kind of “applause.”

  • Larry Rappaport

    From a legal standpoint it seems A&E tee’d DD up for this. May want to take a look into that.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      A&E has fornicated the canine, if that’s true.

  • malb

    The beeps on the Osbourne family’s reality show weren’t to make them look bad. They really were that way.

  • Mary123s

    everyone’s criticizing Jack but I give him props…they are persecuting him. Rather than tut tuts, people want to burn Phil. But they forget the Robertsons are rich in both cash and spirit and faith.

  • JBDestiny

    Are we back to the studio system of the early to mid 20th Century? They did, in fact, have a legal obligation to uphold the image and views of the studio that employed them. As far as I understand the industry today, that’s no longer the case unless it’s specifically written into the contract.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Providing “services” at truckstops? Most people will pass on such an offer, but you just keep trying!

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    So all the pro-homo celebrities are obligated to keep their anti-marriage, anti-family, anti-God, pro-perversion philosophies to themselves or else they’ve f**ked up? Give me a break.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    I really so seriously doubt there is a reality show (or any TV show) contract in existence that legally requires the persons in that show to cease having their own opinions, to never express them, and be a walking/talking advert for the network at the expense of the person they are. Jack has it all wrong and apparently he misunderstood his own contract. No “star” is required to go around “24/7” upholding the views of any network. That’s mind control, Jack. And if what Jack said were true, what would be the point of interviews with TV stars if they’re all required to express the same views of (insert TV network name here)?

  • AmericanMom

    Jack is trying, from his liberal background, to appreciate family values. He gets cred for that. Were he to know Christianity, he’d know that Phil wasn’t f-ing up, but telling his opinion and quoting the Bible, but he apparently has no clue about that. I hope he continues to try to see things from both sides – so few liberals do.

  • Michael Rice

    Assuming the context of his texts are how they appear, he is wrong to say Phil screwed up or that you need to be doing and saying everything the network wants you to, all the time.
    From watching and listening to him, though, over the years, I think there may be a bit of “He’s entitled to this opinion. Just leave him alone” thing here.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    HOLY COW!! Well Phil, as the old saying goes , “No publicity is bad publicity..” Just sayin’….But look at how it’s worked in YOUR FAVOR!You are BLESSED, because you have your family, your friends, plus the fans and supporters from Around the World (Including me..And I’ve never watched your show)! And Jack..You missed by thatmuch…. #StandWithPhil #BoycottA$$ESandELITISTS Jawamax 8<{D}

  • John Ansell

    Those that are going to be really ticked off are those that have to work at Duck Commander. Since the merchandise is flying off the counters they’ll have to work overtime and then some. LOL.

  • whatgives?

    Ah, diversity. It’s a beautiful thing. (Except when it comes to opinions, apparently)

  • MaryUKtheScot

    I thought one was actually ALLOWED to have an opinion in America, didnt realize it had to be a particular opinion!! Strange how all these people seemed very quiet on Alex Baldwins public homophobic attack!!!

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