December 19th, 2013
10:11 AM ET

"Duck Dynasty" Star Under Fire For Anti-Gay Comments

Phil Robertson, a star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," has been suspended indefinitely after slamming gays in a magazine interview.

CNN's Nischelle Turner breaks down his comments.

"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," the network said in a statement Wednesday.

"His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."

In an interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson says homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical," he's quoted as saying.

Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

He also made comments regarding race and growing up in Louisiana before the civil rights era.

"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field. ... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' - not a word!

"Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues," GQ quotes Robertson as saying.

"Duck Dynasty" follows a Louisiana bayou family that has "made a fortune on duck calls," as A&E describes it.

Season 5 of is set to premiere January 15. According to A&E, its fourth season premiere in August drew nearly 12 million viewers to become the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history.

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December 19th, 2013
10:03 AM ET

2 Split Mega Millions Jackpot, But Second Winner Remains a Mystery

A 56-year-old married woman has won half of the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history and has taken the cash option, which after taxes, will be about $120 million, Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford said Wednesday.

Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, came to the lottery office with the winning ticket of hand-picked numbers.

“The draw was a combination of family birthdays - and the lucky number 7 - a set of numbers the Curry family has played before, ” reports CNN's Sara Ganim. "This time, Curry bought just one ticket at this small newsstand in Atlanta. One was all it took."

But who gets the second half?

"The other winning ticket was sold in San Jose, California," Ganim says. "The winner there is still a mystery."

But his or her  ticket did make one California resident very happy.

The store owner got $1 million just for selling that winning ticket.

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December 19th, 2013
10:03 AM ET

3-Year-Old Gets First-Ever 5-Organ Transplant

It's being called a holiday miracle.  A three year-old boy in Florida survived a five-organ transplant.

“After a six hour procedure, Adonis now has a new liver…pancreas…stomach…and small and large intestine,” CNN's Nick Valencia reports.

Little Adonis was born with a condition where his intestines protruded through his abdomen, so he underwent several surgeries to fix it, but that resulted in his other organs failing.

That's what caused the need for the multi-organ transplant.

Doctors say they expect he'll make a fully recovery after all he has been through.

Arecelis Ortiz, Adonis' mom, says "He's really strong. After all his surgeries he comes out with a smile. And I'm like 'how do you come out with a smile?' I'm like they just chopped you up."

Valencia reports the boy's family in Tampa, Florida, eagerly awaits his return home between January and February.

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December 19th, 2013
06:17 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira –December 19, 2013

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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