You and I realize they filmed these episodes months ago. Lots of people who watch the show probably think they were filmed the day before they air. They will call the network and ask how come Phil is on the show if he is suspended and then the network will explain that the shows are filmed months in advance and they didn't want to ruin the story line of the season by pulling his episodes.Those same people will then ask about story lines and complain that they thought the show was real. The other crazy thing is that A&E is already committed to a fifth season of the show and in the contracts everyone gets a raise and Phil is right there with them in getting a raise.
This suspension thing might have been good press but it doesn't seem to have actually done anything except generate more publicity for the already top rated show and ensure they get record ratings when the new season debuts.