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Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks (THR / The Live Feed)
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. GLAAD / GLAAD Blog The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E’s Duck Dynasty. GQ’s profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” FishbowlNY The headline for Drew Magary‘s GQ Louisiana visit (“What The Duck?”) now seems especially appropriate. Comments are coming in fast and so far are about evenly for-against Robertson’s outspoken views. Ad Age / Media News The question is how the comments will impact the show. Food Network dropped Paula Deen from the channel earlier in the year after she admitted in a deposition that she had used racial slurs. In 2007, A&E halted production of Dog The Bounty Hunter after star Duane Chapman made racial slurs. The show returned to the network less than a year later. NYT The announcement has no immediate effect on the series because it is not currently in production. Robertson already filmed episodes for the next season of Duck Dynasty and a network spokesman said he would appear in many of those. Business Insider Looks like Robertson can kiss that $200,000 an episode paycheck goodbye “indefinitely.”

Jay Leno in Demand: CNN’s Jeff Zucker Among Suitors (THR)
How in demand is Jay Leno? The most watched late-night host, who will be without a TV job in February when NBC transitions The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, has been approached by some unlikely suitors. Sources tell THR that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker — who, while running NBCUniversal, famously set in motion Leno’s first ouster from Tonight by promising the show to Conan O’Brien in 2009 — is among those who have approached Leno for a late-night or primetime show on his network. Defamer It seems unlikely that Leno would sign on with the guy who fired him, embarrassed him and then rehired him, but it also seems Leno’s constant need for camera time transcends any modicum of self respect. TVNewser Also among the 10 or so outlets courting the comic are Tribune, American Idol producer Core Media Group and even former NBC chief Jeff Gaspin. But Leno and his lone representative, attorney Ken Ziffren, are said to be refusing to entertain offers until the host fulfills his obligation to NBC on Feb. 6. NY Post The struggling news network may be trying to corral Leno’s audience. He consistently beats David Letterman in the ratings.

Hackers Break Into Washington Post Servers (The Washington Post)
Hackers broke into the Washington Post’s servers and gained access to employee user names and passwords, marking at least the third intrusion over the past three years, company officials said Wednesday. The extent of the loss of company data was not immediately clear, although officials planned to ask all employees to change their user names and passwords on the assumption that many or all of them may have been compromised. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Unlike the attack by the Syrian Electronic Army in August, which redirected readers to another site, this one seems to have been mostly behind the scenes. TheWrap “This is an ongoing investigation, but we believe it was a few days at most,” Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti said in regards to the intrusion’s duration. Mashable Wednesday’s announcement was the most high-profile incident for the Post since it was acquired by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million.