(CNN) — Little more than a week after it suspended “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for incendiary remarks about homosexuality, the cable channel A&E said Friday that it would include him in future tapings of the reality television show, effectively lifting the suspension amid a flurry of petitions in support of Robertson.
“After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family,” the channel said in a statement.
In an apparent gesture to the advocacy groups, A&E said that it would “also use this moment” to broadcast public service announcements “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people.”
One season’s worth of episodes featuring Robertson had already been taped, so the suspension would only have affected future tapings in 2014.
“We knew we had a great partnership with the family,” said an A&E executive on condition of anonymity because the channel and the family had agreed not to say anything publicly aside from Friday’s statements.