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Phil Robertson is getting his own show again, and it promises to be much more of a vehicle for his irreverent take on politics than Duck Dynasty ever was.
Robertson is joining CRTV, a $99-a-year digital network where its most popular shows are hosted by conservative commentators Mark Levin, Steven Crowder and Michelle Malkin.
The show is dubbed In the Woods With Phil, and in a clip provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, the star alludes to when A&E briefly suspended him from Duck Dynasty for offensive comments in a GQ story.
“What does a man do when they try to run him out of town for quoting a Bible verse?” Robertson asks in one episode of the show. “I tell you what he does — he goes deep in the woods.”
In his infamous GQ profile, Robertson said: “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.” He then paraphrased a Bible passage.
Robertson says that he plans on rejecting “political correctness” with his new show: “For far too long we have been told to shut up. No more. Here’s the deal, America. These are my woods. Out here, I call the shots. Out here, we reject political correctness, or as I like to say, ‘pontificated crap.’”
Robertson is set to give a sneak-peek of his show on Friday at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, where speakers include President Donald Trump and his former chief adviser, Steve Bannon.
“Our culture and values are being overrun and progressives are hell-bent on purging traditional values from media,” said CRTV senior vp Gaston Mooney. “Phil is a Christian and CRTV is proud to have him proclaim from our platform.”
Robertson and other members of his family starred in 130 episodes of A&E’s Duck Dynasty over the course of five years, ending their show in January as the most-watched nonfiction series on cable. CRTV launched LevinTV 19 months ago, then released the CRTV subscription product in December. It is available on mobile devices, Apple TV, Roku and via other digital outlets. The network does not share viewership data and it does not run ads, which is important to Robertson.
“Most media are ashamed of America, its values and just has an aversion to plain old common sense,” Robertson told THR. “What did I hear today? That a girl can now be a Boy Scout? The name is ‘Boy Scout.’ How hard is that to understand? If liberals and Hollywood elites are going to pressure a network and advertisers to abandon me for saying something that is common sense as ‘You need to be a boy to be a Boy Scout,’ then I am going to go where they can’t silence me. I have never been one to shut up.”
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