Phil Robertson will appear in the new episodes of “Duck Dynasty" despite being suspended for anti-gay and racially charged controversial remarks he made in a GQ interview, according to a Dec. 21 report in Huffington Post. On January 15, A&E will air new episodes of the popular reality show that were shot before Robertson was suspended.
The network also hopes the media and fan furor will cool down over the holidays and that tensions over shooting future episodes can then be resolved … There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show,” a source told Entertainment Weekly.
The news episodes of “Duck Dynasty” are the remainder of the fourth season of the hit show, but there is no official word if a fifth season will occur. While Phil Robertson was suspended indefinitely, he was not officially fired from the show. “Duck Dynasty” averages more than 14.6 million viewers an episode, making it unlikely A&E will cancel the show completely.
E! News talked to a source close to the Robertson family and learned the “Duck Dynasty” family is seriously considering leaving their widely popular show in support of Phil Robertson.
[Phil] is the reason for their success—they're not going to abandon him. They're also not about to let anyone threaten their religious beliefs," the source told E! News.
A&E is airing a marathon of already aired “Duck Dynasty” episodes all day Dec. 22, and will continue to replay the show throughout the holiday season.
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