Sarah Palin Defends 'Duck Dynasty' Star: 'Free Speech Is an Endangered Species'

Phil Robertson came under fire after making anti-gay comments, causing the former Alaska Governor to tweet those "taking on" the reality star are taking "on us all."
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Sarah Palin has come to the defense of embattled Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. After A&E placed Robertson on indefinite hiatus for making anti-gay remarks, Palin tweeted her support of the reality star.

"Free speech is endangered species; those 'intolerants' hatin' & taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion take on us all," she tweeted.

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On her Facebook page, Palin posted a picture of herself with members of the Duck Dynasty family.

Robertson came under fire Wednesday for comments he made in a recent interview with GQ.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man’s anus," Robertson says in the January issue of the men's magazine. "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.”

Robertson will likely appear in the fourth season of Duck Dynasty, as the season is almost completed.

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But in a statement, A&E said it is "disappointed" with Robertsons comments, saying his remarks 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 statement continues. "The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

Robertson's comments also came under fire from gay rights groups GLAAD and The Human Rights Campaign.

Duck Dynasty regularly draws 9 million-plus viewers for A&E. The breakout hit landed the Robertson family on The Hollywood Reporter magazine's 2013 Rule Breakers list, which was released Wednesday.