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On the heels of news surrounding reality television star Phil Robertson's indefinite suspension from A&E, on Wednesday Piers Morgan welcomed Don Lemon, asking his CNN colleague to share insight into an issue that continues to divide the nation.
Robertson, who stars in "Duck Dynasty," made a series of inflammatory anti-gay remarks in a recent magazine interview with GQ. While Lemon believes in free speech, he noted that with such rights come instances of regret:
"This is America, but this is what happens when you have true freedom of speech. You can say these things, and then you have to suffer the consequences. Look at what happened to Paula Deen, when she made comments, when she was accused of using the 'N' word, and admitted to it," recalled the host of CNN's "The 11th Hour." "It's offensive to me. I do believe in the right to free speech, but I think the marketplace should decide what should happen to this franchise, and it has been put on hold now."
Paraphrasing from the magazine article, Lemon reviewed some of Robertson's talking points, including the notion that his "Duck Dynasty" program has been largely successful due to the way in which it returns America to some of the country's more traditional values.
"It's deeply offensive to many people, and it shows that a lack of awareness on the part of certain individuals in this country, when it comes to how other people live and the rights that other people should have," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "It's a lack of awareness, and [a window into] the way other people live and yes, it is deeply offensive."
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