Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the hit A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," has been suspended after calling homosexuality a sin.
A&E announced Wednesday what it called a "hiatus" for Robertson, 67, after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ Magazine.
When asked for his definition of sin, Robertson told GQ, "start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," he said. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Quoting a passage from Corinthians, he said, "'Don't be deceived. Neither adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers -- they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right.'"
In a statement A&E said it was extremely disappointed to see Robertson's anti-gay remarks, which it said were based on his personal beliefs and do not reflect those of A&E Networks or the show. A&E called itself a supporter of the lesbian and gay community.
Gay rights advocates applauded the networks' decision to place Robertson on indefinite leave from the show.
In a follow-up statement Robertson said, "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like him, I love all of humanity."