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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The A&E cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.

The network says Robertson was placed on "hiatus" after he gave an interview in GQ magazine disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers.

Governor Bobby Jindal issued a brief statement on the matter Thursday.

Jindal didn't offer an opinion on Robertson's comments but said everyone entitled to express a view. He added: "It is a messed-up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."

The show is produced around the Robertson family's home base in Ouachita Parish.

[IND Editors’ Note: There’s an interesting dynamic at play in this situation when one considers that the Duck Dynasty cast members supported Vance McCallister against Jindal’s “shoo in” candidate, state  Rep. Neil Riser, in last month’s runoff for the 5th Congressional District seat — a race won in a landslide by McCallister, who essentially came out of nowhere to fight his way into the runoff. That Jindal would pop off about A&E suspending Robertson for his ignorant remarks about gay people suggests to us that Jindal’s desire to pander to the base trumps any feelings that might have been bruised by the congressional race. Just sayin’.]

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