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WEST MONROE- In an open-ended letter, the cast of Duck Dynasty appear to be ready to fly away from cable network A&E about 24 hours after they were dumped from the sky into a swampy mess over some comments one star made dealing with gay people.

Near the end of a 182 word note to fans, published on the company's website and not the page for their TV show, the crew writes: "As a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm."

Phil Robertson is the family leader who founded the duck call business. It was Robertson who made, as the family puts it, "unfiltered comments" to a reporter for GQ Magazine.

Wednesday, A&E announced Robertson was indefinitely dropped from the television cast. He, of course, remains part of the family and the business which is based out of West Monroe in Ouachita Parish.

"We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty," the family writes near the end of the message.

The statement closes, "Thank you for your continued support of our family."

At the same time, a Christian organization has started a petition on the Internet to have Robertson reinstated. Lawmakers from Louisiana have also urged people to sign similar ones, and have spoken to A&E through news releases and statements to allow Robertson to return.

"I think people are longing for that day when you can speak without fear of retribution," said the leader of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, about the situation.

Right now, he believes, "If anyone speaks the truth - or their opinion - that's not politically correct, they are attacked just like Phil Robertson."

Read the entire statement from the Duck Dynasty cast HERE.
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