Networks Put On Alert As A&E Consider Future Of 'Duck Dynasty'

Following head duck-man Phil Robertson's ill-advised comments about homosexuality in the January issue of GQ magazine, A&E have been pressured to reconsider their commitment to the hit reality series. After suspending the aged Robertson from the show, A&E parent company A+E Networks have begun contemplating the future of the show and may decide to pull it from its line-up completely, but even if they do, fans probably won't have to worry about never seeing the Robertsons back on TV.

Willie Jase Robertson
Phil's sons Willie and Jase Robertson have vowed to stick by their father

With the show's future on A&E in jeopardy, the heads of two different networks are said to already be in line to snatch up the Robertson's TV futures should A&E give them the boot. According to TMZ, they say that they have spoken with the respective CEOs of both networks who each held high hopes of securing the rights to the show should it be disowned by A&E. Merrill Sport, head of the Christian-affiliated Hunt Channel told TMZ that he would have no problems picking up DD regardless of what Robertson said, telling the site that the show and its personelle would appeal to the network's main demographic.

Promising that he would allow the Robertsons more freedom to speak their mind on the show and move away from A&E's tendency to make the show "too scripted," he added, "We believe in the 2nd amendment and freedom of speech ... A&E needs to put on their big boy pants, and if they don't like the programming, they need to either let [DD] go or shut up and pay them."

Hold on a minute! What does Charlie Sheen make of Phil comments?

Rusty Faulk, CEO for Pursuit Channel, also attacked the censors and promised that the DD stars would have more freedom to speak their minds should the Robertsons jump ship. Confirming that he is "100%" committed to winning the show, he added, "We don't censor our personalities."

Regardless of who wants it, TMZ go on to state in their report that the show's contract with A&E prohibits them from striking up a deal with any kind of immediacy with any other network. The show's contract with the Robertson family states that should the show look for a new home for any reason, they would have to wait a certain, unspecified, amount of time before A&E would give any other network permission to begin using the name, characters and format for Duck Dynasty.

Duck Dynasty
The show will carry on no matter what


Tags: Willie Robertson


More Willie Robertson

Not Again! Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Unleashes Homophobic Hate At Church

The reality TV star clearly hasn't learned his lesson. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has opened his big mouth again and unleashed the kind of...

'Duck Dynasty' Star Willie Robertson Headed To State Of The Union Address

Willie Robertson, who is a star in A&E's reality television show 'Duck Dynasty', is going to attend President Obama's State of Union address.The 41 year-old...

Duck Dynasty Suffers Huge Ratings Drop As Fifth Season Commences

Duck Dynasty returned for its fifth season on Wednesday, 15 January, night and did so with expectations held high for what was so often considered...

God's Not Dead Trailer

When devoted Christian Josh Wheaton begins his college year, he has no idea that he would be facing a huge personal battle when his philosophy...


Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Advice: Marry A 15 Year-Old Girl Who Can Cook And Carry A Bible [Video]

Phil Robertson upset millions when his homophobic and racist interview with GQ surfaced last week but it seems that the 67 year-old Duck Dynasty personality...

Amidst Growing Pressure, A&E Welcome Phil Robertson Back To 'Duck Dynasty'

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson will return to the show following a short suspension period, owing to his off hand comments about homosexuals in a recent...

A&E Welcome Back Phil Rbertson To 'Duck Dynasty' After Negative Comments On Homosexuality

Television network A&E seem to have lifted the suspension on 'Duck Dynasty' cast member Phil Robertson despite controversy still surrounding his comments on homosexuality.The Patriarch...

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Won't Back Down Amidst Growing Support

In an outrageous tale of modern morality, Phil Robertson's comments have been defended by more big names in America who are keen to associate themselves...



Willie Robertson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Willie Robertson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All