A standard morals clause would cover this kind of thing and if they signed it, and I cannot imagine A & E would have left it out, then it is their responsibility to follow the rules of that contract, a legally binding document. Handlers, do not sign the contract, the talent does and they need to temper their comments so as to not damage their employers.A&E knew of Robertson's controversial views - expounded in videotaped sermons and elsewhere - before the show premiered in spring 2012, and warned him not to overshare on hot-button topics such as gay rights and race relations, according to a producer familiar with the situation. Phil and other family members also probably signed contracts containing "morals clauses" in which they promised to, among other things, avoid anything that would embarrass or bring shame to A&E or the brand. Such clauses are standard in the entertainment and sports industries.
The bottom line is that these types of clauses are common and if one were not in place, A & E would not have taken action against Phil.
Ex...I love the way you say, "Duh!"...
What do you think is more likely?
Growing up in Louisiana and becoming a yuppie, or a redneck?
All these guys went to college and I bet they did not have beards in college and they probably did not have beards when they met their wives and started their families. When they start to settle into their lives they get more comfortable and grow the beards.
Why do you have a problem with that and why does it make one bit if difference as to who they are?