'DUCK DYNASTY' CAST THREATENS TO WALK OVER PHIL ROBERTSON'S SUSPENSION: The "Duck Dynasty" Robertson family appears to be threatening to walk off the show over the suspension of their patriarch, Phil Robertson, who was put on hiatus by A&E on Wednesday over comments he made about gays in an interview.
But now the Robertsons are firing back at the network with a statement that implies they won't do the show without him. "We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm," they said in a statement released on their Duck Commander website on Thursday. "We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty."
The statement added, "While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments... Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right."
WATCH - KATY PERRY + JOHN MAYER TELL ELLEN THEIR VIDEO IS BETTER THAN KIMYE'S: Hey, Kanye, JOHN MAYER and KATY PERRY think the ‘Bound 2’ video you did with Kim isn’t as good as theirs.
Katy and boyfriend John chatted with ELLEN DEGENERES on her talk show yesterday about their new vid for ‘Who You Love,’ and declared theirs better – because, as Katy jokingly put it, her hair blew in the right direction, whereas Kim's didn't.
RELATIONSHIP REPORT - COX CRAZY ABOUT NEW BOYFRIEND: COURTENEY COX really is dating JOHNNY MCDAID from Snow Patrol. We know this because fellow singer ED SHEERAN spilled the beans to OMG! Insider. Sheeran told OMG!, "I introduced him to Courteney. They started dating and [are] crazy about each other."
SELENA GOMEZ CANCELS TOUR TO ‘SPEND TIME ON MYSELF’: SELENA GOMEZ. just canceled her Australian tour citing the rarely used “me time” excuse.
“My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them,” Gomez said in a statement, “But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”
So is something wrong with Selena? A source said to be close to Gomez tells People magazine there's nothing to be worried about: "Selena is fine [and] looking forward to spending the holidays with her family." The insider added that she’s “been on the road for six months and she's just ready to be normal and at home."
CAREY CAUGHT IN CROSSHAIRS OF HUMAN RIGHTS CONTROVERSY: MARIAH CAREY is being put on blast by the Human Rights Foundation for a performance she put on last Sunday in Angola, which the organization claims is led by “notoriously corrupt” dictator Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Carey, who was supposedly paid 1 million dollars for a two hour show, was later pictured with the president and his family, reportedly saying, “I am happy to be here in this room, and I am honored to share this show with the president of Angola.” (PHOTO)
The HRF threw shade Mimi's way in a statement, which read in part: “Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash… Now, she goes from private performances to public displays of support and credibility for one of Africa’s chief human rights violators and most corrupt tyrants.”
Five years ago, Carey performed for the family of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Neither she nor her reps have commented at this time.