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'Duck Dynasty' Fallout: Hannity Urges Listeners to Call A&E Chief

UPDATED: "A&E knows how he feels about this," he told his radio audience. "Why did they put him with a GQ guy in the first place? How stupid are they?"

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Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity is so upset at the suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson that he encouraged his radio audience on Thursday to call executives at A&E and even supplied some phone numbers -- multiple times.

Speaking of Robertson's religious objections to homosexuality, Hannity said: "A&E knows how he feels about this. Why did they put him with a GQ guy in the first place? How stupid are they? By the way, the number to -- the CEO at A&E is Abbe Raven -- if you wanna give her your opinion about this, or Nancy Dubuc is [phone number redacted]. The general number at A&E is [redacted]."

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Raven is chairman of A+E Networks, while Dubuc serves as president and CEO of A+E Networks.

"There are plenty of gay-themed programs on television," Hannity said later, using The L Word as an example. "I don't know any conservatives that are demanding that these shows be taken off the air."

He then gave out the two A&E phone numbers again, adding: "I'm not telling people what to say. Be polite. I always urge that. But call them and tell them what you think."

Robertson was the hottest topic on talk radio all of Thursday following his comments to GQ magazine. At the same time Hannity was suggesting to his audience that they call A&E, for example, on other stations nationwide Michael Medved was asking his audience: "When you are saying things that are controversial -- and admittedly Phil Robertson said things that are controversial, but not outrageous and hate-filled -- is it really appropriate to basically destroy this show?"

"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus," Robertson says in the January GQ issue. "That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."

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Robertson is asked what he finds sinful. His answer: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

His comments have since been slammed by GLAAD, but the reality star has drawn support from Sarah Palin, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and many others.

Robertson released his own statement in response to the controversy early Wednesday: "I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."

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A&E addressed the issue in a statement later that day: "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

The Robertson family made The Hollywood Reporter's 2013 Rule Breakers list, which hit newsstands Wednesday.

Email: paul.bond@thr.com