Restaurant chain apologizes to customers for removing products after Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is putting Duck Dynasty items back on its shelves and apologizing to its customers.
The restaurant and retailer said Sunday that it "made a mistake" Friday when it announced that it would remove products associated with the A&E Network reality show amid a controversy over a cast member's comments in a magazine interview.
The company says on its Facebook page that it had hoped to avoid offending customers by removing the products but had triggered a backlash instead. Cracker Barrel's initial announcement, also made on Facebook, has received more than 31,000 responses.
"You told us we made a mistake," the company said. "And you weren't shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat-out told us we were wrong.
"We listened. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And we apologize for offending you."
Cracker Barrel had been one of the first retailers to announce it would stop selling Duck Dynasty items after the show's Phil Robertson, in a GQ magazine interview, quoted a biblical passage that equated homosexuality with theft, adultery, greed and drunkenness.
Many people consider Robertson's remarks to have been hostile to gays and lesbians, but others have defended him, saying he was simply expressing his religious beliefs.
Robertson, who was suspended from the show by the network last week, also suggested in the GQ interview that racial relations in his native Louisiana were better before the civil rights movement.