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ABC Family Denounces Robertson

8/24/2005 9:06 AM Eastern

ABC Family Wednesday distanced itself from evangelical minister Pat Robertson and controversial comments made on his 700 Club show Monday, but the network said it will continue to televise the show.

During Monday’s 700 Club telecast, Robertson called for the U.S. government to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The network is contractually obligated to carry the show as part of The Walt Disney Co.’s purchase of then-Fox Family Channel from News Corp. in 2001.

In a prepared statement, ABC Family said it “strongly” rejected the views expressed by Robertson during the program, but it is “contractually obligated to air The 700 Club and has no editorial control over views expressed by the hosts or guests.”

The network referred all other comments to Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network.

On Wednesday’s 700 Club show, Robertson said his comments were “misinterpreted,” according to AP.

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