Phil Robertson, patriarch on the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” recently said he will be addressing his December 2013 controversy with the television network in his upcoming book. Robertson made this announcement while his family received an inaugural business award from La. Gov. Bobby Jindal in West Monroe, La., earlier this week.

Phil Robertson spoke briefly about the controversy during a press conference after the Robertson family received the inaugural Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. In December 2013, Robertson was temporarily suspended from appearing on his “Duck Dynasty” reality show due to comments he made regarding homosexuality in an interview with GQ Magazine.

“People have asked me why I haven’t made a statement,” Robertson said at the small award ceremony on Thursday afternoon. “I’ve got a book coming out in the fall, and that will be my statement.” According to, Robertson is authoring a new book “unPHILtered: The Way I See It” along with contributor Mark Schlabach, to be published on Sept. 2, 2014.

Robertson’s reference to the controversy was a small part of Thursday’s event, during which Gov. Jindal, along with his wife and children, arrived at the Robertson homestead in West Monroe to present their inaugural local business award. Jindal presented Willie Robertson, CEO of the family’s “Duck Commander” duck call business, with the award, citing the family’s hard work and dedication in making their business a nationally-recognized, multi-million dollar brand.

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