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GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The masses have spoken and a major restaurant chain says it listened, as social media continues to fuel the debate over Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

Officials with the A&E Network, which airs Duck Dynasty, kicked the reality TV star off the much endeared series after Robertson made some controversial comments about homosexuals in a recent interview with GQ magazine.

Less than two days after Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced on their Facebook page that they would pulling some merchandise associated with Duck Dynasty and reality show star Phil Robertson from their shelves, the restaurant changed it's mind.

In a post to customers on Sunday, Cracker Barrel wrote:

Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:
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.
You told us we made a mistake. 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.
We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.
We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.

On Friday the company stated on it's Facebook page that out of "ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people," it would continue to sell some Duck Commander products in their store, but removed some associated products that company officials "were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation."

Many Robertson fans who are angry with A&E's decision also took to Facebook to try and persuade companies who advertise on the network to stop doing business with A&E.

Hundreds of posts were appearing on the Facebook pages of Sensodyne, T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola, Walgreens, IHOP, Macy's, Nokia, Microsoft, Verizon, and Bass Pro Shops on Saturday.

On Walgreens' Facebook page, many Facebook users threatened to boycott the store if the company continues to advertise on the network.

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