The contract between the Robertsons, the production company and A&E contains a standard non-compete clause. In other words, if the Robertsons walk, they must remain off the air for 6-12 months before launching another show on a competing channel.
However, I’m not sure how the non-compete applies to a scenario where they are fired by A&E. I was in radio years ago, and in some cases, if you were dismissed, you could sign immediately with a competing station. In other situations—particularly if the departing personality was popular, they still had to sit out the non-compete before going on the air with a rival.
One more thing: when the serious bidding for Duck Dynasty II begins, the folks at these small outdoors channels will be blown out of the water. CMT and Spike will be crawling over each other to get a crack at the show, along with many more basic cable channels. I also expect Glenn Beck and BlazeTV to enter the fray; I’ve heard that Blaze is running ahead of revenue and audience projections, and he could offer the Robertsons an even larger slice of the pie.
Glenn Beck has already made his offer.....3 days ago....on the radio....live.
DD on the Blaze. A&E replacement show will be a test pattern.