After 11 seasons, the reality show about the Robertson family and their successful Louisiana duck-call business is coming to an end.


Duck Dynasty took the reality television world by storm when it debuted five years ago, hitting record-breaking numbers at first. It followed the Willie Robertson and his brothers Jase, Jep, and Alan, as well as their wives, parents, and children. And of course, their crazy Uncle Si.

The show took a turn in 2013 when the family patriarch Phil Robertson aired his conservative opinions that homosexuality is a sin, and also spoke about women and race in the south. In an interview, Phil was asked what he considered sin. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” the patriarch answered. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Many called for Phil’s suspension from the show, while others, including famously Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who claimed Phil should not be punished for exercising his first amendment right. A&E made the difficult decision to suspend Phil, but suddenly reversed the decision weeks later after the Robertson family complained that the show would not be the same without their patriarch.


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“After discussions with the Robertson family,” A&E said in a statement, “as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”

The controversy did not end there, as the Robertson family took up stardom in the political sphere this year. Willie attended the Republican National Convention and was invited to lead the night with the opening speech. He decided to speak ill of the media. “It’s been a rough year for the media experts,” he began. “It must be humbling to be so wrong about so much for so long. But I have a theory about why they missed the Trump train. They don’t hang out with regular folks like us, who like to hunt and fish and pray and actually work for a living. Heck, I don’t even know that they know how to talk to people from middle America. I mean, when I tell ‘em I’m from Louisiana, they really start talking real slow and real loud.”

Phil got political as well, endorsing Republican candidate Senator Ted Cruz in a campaign ad for the presidential hopeful. “My qualifications for president of the United States are narrow. Is he or she godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally, would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?” Phil proposed. “I’ve looked at the candidates. Ted Cruz is my man.”

The Robertson family seemed ecstatic about the ending of their whirlwind show. “We’ve got an unbelievable announcement for y’all,” said Uncle Si. Jase continued: “After five years, we’ve decided as a family for this to be the final chapter of the Duck Dynasty series.”

“May God bless each and every one of you,” finished Si, before the whole clan shouted “yay!”

The current season will air through Jan. 18, with the final seven episodes coming in March.

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