Duck Dynasty controversy: Cracker Barrel flipflops on decision to nix items

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(WJLA) - Less than 48 hours after Cracker Barrel announced its plans to pull "Duck Dynasty" items off its shelves in the wake of cast member Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments, the country store and restaurant has reversed its decision, ABC News reports.

The company's reversal of its decision was posted Sunday morning to Facebook, following an outpour of negative comments from customers and fans.

"When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we've done," the company wrote. "You told us we made a mistake.. You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened."

Cracker Barrel was the first major retailer to announce its stance on the scandal surrounding Robertson since his remarks went public.

A statement posted on the company's Facebook page on Friday read:

"Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture. We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores. We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation. We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so."

Robertson, the star of the hit A&E series "Duck Dynasty," has been suspended by the network after he made anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.

In his interview, Robertson was asked his definition of sinful behavior.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," such as bestiality, he said.

"Don't be deceived," he was quoted in GQ. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."