A&E airing "Duck Dynasty" marathon on Christmas

Phil Robertson, Si Robertson, Jase Robertson and Willie Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty." A&E

A&E is celebrating Christmas with a marathon of "Duck Dynasty," despite the uproar that ignited last week following Phil Robertson's suspension from the show.

The network is airing 25 consecutive episodes of the popular series on Christmas Day, according to the schedule on its website, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET and going until 4 a.m. the following day. 

Robertson, who ignited a cultural firestorm last week after making remarks about the "sin" of homosexuality in an interview with GQ magazine, is standing by the remarks that prompted A&E to put him on hiatus from his family's show.

According to the Daily Mail, which was granted access to sit in as he led a Bible study at his local church on Sunday, Robertson was quoted defending his beliefs, saying, "I will not give or back off from my path."

Robertson, who addressed the group in West Monroe, La., for roughly 45 minutes, said, "I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding. I tell people, 'You are a sinner, we all are. Do you want to hear my story before I give you the bottom line on your story?' We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief… boy there are some microbes running around now. Sexual sins are numerous and many, I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you're a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there."

He later added, "I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater."

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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