Ahead of premiere, 'Duck Dynasty' producer talks about Phil's controversy
WEST MONROE- Wednesday night a new season of Duck Dynasty premieres and it will feature Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal visiting the Duck headquarters in Ouachita Parish and the Robertsons working with a younger family member on his public speaking, a preview foreshadows.
It's the second season premiere since family patriarch Phil Robertson made waves with controversial statements about gays and African Americans in an interview with GQ Magazine. A day before the season six premiere, the show's executive producer, discussed the controversy for the first time.
"I wanted to be able to speak and explain, but we couldn't," Deirdre Gurney said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She believes, while Robertson has the views he expressed in the interview, he doesn't treat people with disrespect.
"I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it and people of different races and people from all different places," she said.
Click HERE to read more from The Hollywood Reporter and Gurney.
Duck Dynasty premieres tonight with an episode titled "The Governor's Travels" on A&E.
Season five premiered with nearly 8.5 million viewers, 3.5 million fewer than the season before it and the scandal.
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