The head of the Robertson clan says ‘Jesus’ was omitted from his family prayers.
When you think of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, “offensive” is probably the last word that comes to mind — yet that’s the exact word creating an issue between the show’s cast and crew. Star Phil Robertson is making waves, claiming that A&E is censoring his family’s mentions of Jesus — and that doesn’t sit well with him.
Phil’s interview was actually conducted by Sports Spectrum Magazine in April 2013, but is now making its way around the internet. Here’s what went down between Phil and the Duck Dynasty crew, in his own words:
When we prayed, we said, ‘In Jesus’ name, Amen.’ I don’t have a verse that says you must always pray in the name of Jesus, but it’s a very good idea, I think. So they would just have me say, ‘Thank you, Lord, for the food. Thank you for loving us.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out ‘In Jesus’ name’? They said, ‘Well, those editors are probably doing that. They don’t want to offend some of the Muslims, or something.’
In the interview, Phil reveals this is actually the second issue he’s had with the show’s editors. Earlier in the series, he says, they inserted bleeps to make it look like the family was swearing, when they weren’t.
“If you want that, you can get all of that you want,” Phil says about profanity. “Just change the station. There’s plenty of that!”
While Phil’s interview offers only one side of the story, E! Online reached out to the network, and received no comment.
HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s fair for the Robertsons’ religion to be censored in order to avoid offending people? Drop a comment with your take on the issue below!
WATCH: Phil Robertson’s Interview With ‘Sports Spectrum Magazine’
— Andy Swift