TMZ reported Dec. 21 that if A&E decided to cancel "Duck Dynasty" there are two other networks chomping at the bit to take the mega popular reality show over.
Merrill Sport, owner of the Christian-affiliated Hunt Channel told the website that he'd be thrilled to pick up the show. "We believe in the 2nd amendment and freedom of speech," he said. "...A&E needs to put on their big boy pants, and if they don't like the programming, they need to either let ("Duck Dynasty") go or shut up and pay them."
Pursuit Channel's CEO Rusty Faulk is waiting with baited breath to see if A&E ax's DD. Pursuit is known for outsdoor adventure TV.Both channels cater to Christian at the chance to air Phil and his duck posse telling TMZ that the channel doesn't, "censor our personalities."
What did the Duck Commander actually say in his interview with GQ, TMZ has some excerpts from the interview here.
"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.
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."
The Robertson family has stated that they won't continue to do the show without Phil and their A&E contract precludes the ducks from doing another show for a certain period of time.
In case the show is cancelled, you might want to pick up a copy of the first three seasons here on DVD.
- Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1 - 3 (With Bandana)
- Duck Dynasty Season 1 $9.96
- Duck Dynasty Season 2 $9.96
- Duck Dynasty Season 3 $9.96
- Best of Duck Dynasty $7.50
- Si-Cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle $12.49
- Duck Dynasty: I'm Dreaming Of A Redneck Christmas (Widescreen) $6.96
Duck Dynasty Cast - As Themselves
- Korie Robertson
- Jase Robertson
- Si Robertson
- Kay Robertson
- Willie Robertson
- Phil Robertson
There are two types of 'Duck' lines of gifts and products, the Duck Commander line which is owned by the family and the "Duck Dynasty" line owned by A&E. If that matters to you, choose your purchases wisely.
A&E needs to decide which way it's going to go, supporting the gay members of their staff who were offended by Phil's comments, or supporting the Duck Commander and his family who have signed a contract with their network and who never deceived the network as to their viewpoints on homosexuality?
A survey on TMZ has gotten 176,912 people to answer the question "Will you watch Duck Dynasty?" 72% say "yes" and only 28% say "no." Go and vote on the survey here or share your thoughts in the comment section below.