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File photo of Phil Robertson. (credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS (CBS Houston/AP) — “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson will be speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday night in New Orleans.

Robertson, who will be addressing the crowd at 6 p.m., will be joined that night by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Ron Johnson.

Also participating in the three-day event will be Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz.
Robertson’s appearance at the leadership conference comes on the heels of a new video showing the reality television star reviving past anti-gay remarks.

Robertson’s comments are included in a sermon delivered at his church in West Monroe, Louisiana, on Easter Sunday. Robertson includes homosexuals with other groups such as thieves and adulterers as hell-bound sinners.

Robertson is the bearded patriarch of a clan that manufactures duck calls and became reality-TV stars. In December he set off a firestorm after GQ magazine quoted him linking homosexual behavior to bestiality. He also made racist statements.

A&E suspended him for nine days. Robertson issued an apology.

The video was posted Thursday by RadarOnline. It was posted to YouTube by the Whites Ferry Road Church on April 21.

“Duck Dynasty” is scheduled to begin its sixth season on June 11.

A&E declined to comment on the latest video.

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