The long-bearded Phil Robertson -- former star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, patriarch of the Robertson clan, avid hunter, and holder of a master’s degree in education -- is quite the interesting character. And he is set to be even more interesting in his upcoming television show, In the Woods with Phil. The successful businessman promises that the new show will reveal him in all his color, with no pretense of left-wing censorship in sight.
“What does a man do when they try to run him out of town for quoting a Bible verse? I’ll tell you what he does: he goes deep in the woods, and he starts a fire,” the rugged entrepreneur says in an advertisement for his new show. “For far too long, we've been told to shut up. No more.”
Referencing his past scrutinized comments embracing the Biblical perspective of homosexuality, Robertson has clearly gotten his second wind and intends to push forward with no apologies:
“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’ -- in favor of some good old-fashioned biblical correctness. So if you are tired of being told what to think, what to say…if you want to hear someone mean what they say and say what they mean, if you want a healthy dose of truth...come join me in the woods.”
Robertson seems poised to dish some daily truth as he sees it, and some “plain old common sense,” which he asserts the media has an aversion to:
“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…Hollywood elites are going to pressure a network and advertisers to abandon me for saying something that’s as common sense as ‘you need to be a boy to be a Boy Scout,’ then I’m going to go where they can’t silence me. I have never been one to shut up.”
The reality star was suspended from A&E's biggest series in 2013 for being critical of homosexuality in an interview with GQ. However, fans of the duck-calling family chronicle demanded he come back to the show, which he did.
Robertson’s new series will air on digital subscription network CRTV, and it certainly has a shot to succeed. The fourth season premiere of Duck Dynasty drew 11.8 million viewers — the highest numbers of any nonfiction cable show in history.