By Judy Kurtz
Phil Robertson, the controversial star of “Duck Dynasty,” will address the Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday in New Orleans, the conference announced on its website Tuesday.
Robertson joins a line-up at the annual conference that includes Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Donald Trump, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), David Vitter (La.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) and former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
The reality star made headlines last year when he called homosexual behavior sinful and compared it to bestiality in GQ magazine, leading A&E to suspend him from the family series. He returned to the show after releasing a statement through the cable network saying he would “never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different.”