"I will not give or back off from my path."
So said a defiant Phil Robertson on Sunday, speaking to a Bible study group at his hometown church in West Monroe, La., and making his first public statements since being suspended by A&E for his controversial remarks to GQ about gays and African-Americans, People reports.
But the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch's latest remarks could have people quacking all over again.
"I love all men and women," said the camouflage-clad Robertson, who granted the Daily Mail exclusive access to his Bible study talk. "I am a lover of humanity, not a hater."
Robertson, 67, addressed the small class at White's Ferry Road Church for 45 minutes, defending his positions and quoting from the Bible days after likening homosexuality to bestiality and claiming African-Americans were "singing and happy" pre-civil rights.
"We murder each other, and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic," he said. "All the diseases that just so happened to follow sexual mischief ... boy there are some microbes running around now."
He continued: "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."
"Common sense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman," he told the class.
Robertson said that over the past 2000 years, "the sins are the same" and "humans haven't changed."
"We get high, we get drunk, we get laid, we steal and kill," he stated. "Has this changed at all from the time God burnt up whole cities because their every thought was evil?"
Robertson urged homosexuals to turn to Jesus, saying, "Jesus will take sins away, if you're a homosexual he'll take it away, if you're an adulterer, if you're a liar, what's the difference? If we lose our morality, we lose our country."
Robertson also defended his own intelligence, saying, "I am not uneducated. I have a degree from Louisiana Tech. But this week I have been called an ignoramus."
Sunday night's airing of the classic "Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews pulled in roughly 6.5 million viewers on ABC. That's about one-third of the audience Carrie Underwood garnered for NBC's "Sound of Music Live!" on Dec. 5. About 18.5 million viewers tuned in for NBC's first live-TV musical experiment, which attracted high praise for Underwood's voice, and a few raised brows regarding her acting abilities,E! News reports
Now, of course, it wasn't exactly a fair fight. NBC's version of "Music" aired well before the holidays, on a Thursday that wasn't totally dominated by football. On Sunday, NBC's NFL offering helped the network win the entire night by a large margin against Andrews' 1965 version of "Sound of Music."
NBC's Carrie Underwood version of "Sound of Music" was live, so the spectacle of it all was pretty intriguing, and it became a true TV event, with celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Miranda Lambert and Rob Lowe joining in on the live tweet action.
"Glee" fans will no longer have to wonder what Ryan Murphy's original series ending plan was for Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele).
After the tragic death of star Monteith this summer, the show's co-creator said he had to "figure" out how to end the Fox series as he "knew" what the last shot of the Fox series was going to be. Now, in an In Memoriam piece penned for Entertainment Weekly's year-end special issue, Murphy has revealed the ending he and the writers originally envisioned.
"Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play," Murphy wrote. "Finn was going to have become a teacher, settle down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser."
Murphy then went on to detail what the series' final moment would've been.
"Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's glee club," he explained. "'What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The End."
Kate Winslet, 38, and her husband of one year, Ned Rocknroll, have named their newborn son Bear Winslet, a spokesperson for Winslet confirms to People.
The Oscar winner welcomed her third child Dec. 7 at a National Health Service hospital near the West Sussex home she shares with her husband and children, Mia, 13 and Joe, 10.
Rocknroll, 35, who works on his uncle Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic project, was previously called Abel Smith before officially changing his name.