Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
"The scandal has turned into the kind of tempest network executives feared all along. 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."
I believe that A&E wanted Phil, the asshole, Robertson off the show a long time ago and have been looking for a way to do it for a long time.
They allowed him to hang himself in the G Q interview knowing that if they gave him enough metaphorical rope that he would.
Without the asshole in the show it will have a much broader appeal and lose it's controversial identity.
Uncle Si is a naturally funny and self deprecating character and the brothers demonstrate a tight family bond with good natured, tongue in cheek, kidding.
The Phil the asshole, character is always mean spirited and belittling of everyone he encounters, in the story-line, including his grand-kids, his wife and his sons.
A&E has made a wise business decision by suspending Phil the asshole from appearing in any new shows.
The show's continued success depended on it.
Nonsense. People in entertainment do this all the time....Think of the music industry....When Led Zepplin for instance didn't see eye to eye with Atlantic Records anymore after 1974, so they formed their own record label...Contracts are changed, broken, acts move all the time.but my guess is that they can't just jump to another network.
This is all Obama's fault . . . Phil was never kicked off A&E when Bush was in office.
It isn't impossible for them to have signed such a contract, nor is it impossible this whole thing has been staged to increase public viewing. All of it is really speculation though as noone is showing the contract they signed. It's almost a gurantee that there is a contract of some sorts because A&E and the Robertson's are not stupid enough to not do a show without a contract of some sorts.