Considering the “suspension” of Phil Robertson took place while there was no filming going on over Christmas A&E never really punished the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family for his comments on gay people. As I told you would happen A&E had to reinstate him in the next week or so because they were going to look like idiots when new episodes begin airing next month and Phil is front and center in them. There was just no way they would be able to explain away his presence while trying to say that he had been suspended from filming. It is too complicated. Plus, the network has been running Duck Dynasty non-stop since his suspension was announced and Phil has been right there the whole time. The only true way they could suspend him was to remove all the episodes from the air both past and future and A&E was never going to do that because advertisers would all demand their money back.
So, what looked like a strong response from the network was just a huff and a puff and the tiniest tap on the wrist. I mean so tiny that it was more like a puff of wind on one of those days where it is so hot that you are begging for a gust of wind and all you get is something that may have been wind or may have been a gnat.