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Posted: 9:54 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Jesse Jackson weighs in on "Duck Dynasty" 

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: The cast of "Duck Dynasty" attends the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

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By Jennifer Brett

Rev. Jesse Jackson has gotten involved with the ongoing "Duck Dynasty" saga, demanding a meeting with A&E network executives and Cracker Barrel officials.

(UPDATE: Alabama state senator to introduce resolution in support of "Duck Dynasty" star).

(UPDATE: "Duck Dynasty" patriarch finally puts a ring on it).

A&E announced it was suspending "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson following comments he made to GQ magazine, and Cracker Barrel announced it was pulling some "Duck Dynasty" merchandise from its shelves. More recently, EW reported that Robertson would return to the hit show, while Cracker Barrel reversed its decision following a surge of fan support for the show and the Robertson family.

"Jackson, his Rainbow PUSH Coalition and GLAAD are demanding to meet with network execs, along with Cracker Barrel’s CEO, to discuss the future of all “Duck Dynasty” memorabilia or content," ABC reported.

In a statement, Jackson called Robertson's comments more offensive than those issued by a bus driver to Civil Rights Era heroine Rosa Parks.

"At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law. Robertson’s statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was ‘white privilege,’” Jackson's statement read.

The Robertson family hasn't said much, although they did issue a statement hinting they'd seek to part ways with A&E if Phil Robertson wasn't part of the show.

"We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right," the statement read. "We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm."

On Saturday, family member Jep Robertson made an appearance at a charity 5K in Atlanta. He said little about the matter (or anything else) but did thank fans.

"We've had kind of a crazy week back home," he said at the event. "We've gotten a lot of support. We really appreciate it."

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