The network big-wigs claim they talked to reps from NAACP and GLAAD and claim everything is cool now and so Phil will return to the show Spring of 2014 to finish taping the final episode. The majority of all of next season's episodes have already been taped.
A&E made this decision even though Phil Robertson repeatedly said that nothing will make him change his opinion. His opinion being that homosexuality is a sin and black people were happy prior to the civil rights movement.
Note: The suspension was a joke and was only done to fool gays and blacks. Nine out of the ten episodes for next season where already filmed. Phil was only needed circa March for the filming of the finale. Way to go A&E.
What I find so funny is that Phil can say this stuff about gays and blacks and still keep his job but if he dared say anything about the Jews that would be the end of it and fast. I think we pretty much know that his opinions concerning Jews is likely to be the same as with his feelings toward gays and blacks. Those beliefs tend to group together. I bet Paula Dean done passed out after hearing how lightly Phil has been treated.