BUT . . . . .
That reality show is a privately owned company. And capitalism working the way it does, that company has every right to tell said star that they won't tolerate such words on their channel. No one said he can't state his views, no one is accusing him of a crime. Nobody says he can't write a book, or a blog, or letters to the editor. But the folks that own A&E feel his words will hurt their bottom line, so out he goes, and THAT my friends is free speech and capitalism, all rolled up in one. And sometimes that sandwich ain't tasty.
If I'm a waiter and I tell some customers they're fat and lazy for eating out, and really shouldn't be ordering the french fries, I'd probably be fired, agreed? I exercised my right to free speech, meaning I did not commit a crime, but I will most definitely lose my job. The firing is NOT an infringement of my free speech.
Remember how the right wing media and conservative voters were ready to tar and feather the Dixie Chicks for speaking THEIR views at their very own concert??? And how some country radio stations refused to play their music?? Where was their outrage over the Dixie Chicks' rights to free speech? The Dixie Chicks suffered public backlash and a loss of commercial revenue because of their words. And that is the very same capitalism/free speech shit sandwich.
Have your views, state them loud, but be a grown up and face the commercial consequences. Freedom isn't always neat and pretty.