Skip to comments.Phil Robertson Returning to Duck Dynasty Episodes on January 15th
Posted on 12/21/2013 11:34:05 AM PST by Jim Robinson
A&Es suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson will apparently not affect new episodes of the show scheduled to start airing after the holidays on January 15th. Entertainment Weekly is citing sources close to the situation who say that when the show returns from hiatus, footage featuring Robertson, who caused a major uproar with his condemnation of homosexual sex in GQ magazine, will remain intact.
Theres no negotiation to have; were doing the show, the insider told EW. Well figure out a solution...
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Well then, that’s not much of a “suspension” is it?
Almost like a NCAA suspension.
Our goal is to get him back on the show, or have the show continue on another network. That will show GLAAD.
They don’t want to kill the duck that laid the golden eggs. Ka-ching!
The next season is already in the can, the question is will they include Phil when they start shooting the following season?
So A&E waited until the new season was in the can before pulling this stunt with that magazine. Isn’t that cute!
It was already taped.
All of the 2014 episodes have already been taped.
Better question is, will the Robertson family want anything to do with A&E?
I hope that the Robertsons walk away from A&E. Christians need to have a role model for someone who is willing sacrifice for his faith.
Liberal fascists suck
Hmmm, viewership dropped by 75%, and they have a whole season in the can. Call me very surprised (NOT) to see them wise up here.
Imagine only 25% of the audience remaining for that season, and A&E with a lot of spots to sell at 25% of the former value.
That'll show us rubes, for supporting a show that we're supposed to be laughing at over caviar and French wine in our penthouses.
They think we are stoooooopid and Want us to back off
You can bank on the fact that they only did this show to poke fun at stupid redneck Christians and when that didn’t happen, they enabled the GQ story to leak so they could be “outraged” and satisfy their Gay Mafia string-pullers.
Well, it didn’t work. Here’s hoping the Robertsons continue to find ways of demonstrating their faith, and the true character of this nation, for the elite A&E liberals who thought this was a good idea.
and they will wait till the noise dies down and right before the next season filming starts to lift the suspension. At that point Phil will likely tell them to shove their gig up their anus.
It would be very cool if Robertson filed a motion to block release of the new episodes. Probably wouldn’t hold water but it would be enough to at least cause a delay.
Well, I feel vindicated.
Yes indeed we do. I am amazed to read of purported conservatives/Christians having to “consider” whether it’s asking too much to give up their meals at Cracker Barrel. My goodness, wouldn’t want to ask them make any “real” sacrifice over anything as insignificant as a “principle”.
The way I read the article, A&E is going to air episodes that have already been taped. That doesn’t mean they are going to continue taping new shows with Phil Robertson and the family or that he’s been rehired (so to speak).
It appears A&E is airing the pre-filmed episodes and trying to make it look as though all is forgiven and the family is on board with it.
I know that the 75% drop in viewers has been widely reported among conservative websites, but really, it is a very bogus number.
Comparing last Thursday’s repeats with this Thursday repeats showed some showings were down, some were up.
The bogus number comes from comparing the season finale with the repeats that were part of the marathon. Obviously a new aired episode will draw many more viewers than a repeat.
“Follow the money. When someone says it’s not about the money, it’s always about the money...”
A&E and Duck Commander are getting free advertising, name brand recognition, Web ad hits, and REVENUE.
This was guerrilla marketing, and kabuki theater.
Those shows were already taped....
No such thing as bad publicity, just get the name right.
Thanks KinkU. I hadn’t delved into it that deeply. Appreciate the mention.
and to know Cracker Barrel decided to jump in the middle of it all...... Idiots
You need to come wipe off my keyboard now ;-)
Boy I hope they do, I can’t see any downside to leaving A&E, heck in two days time, over 10% of the number of viewers of their #1 cable show (1.5 million) have supported them on Facebook, they’ll follow to whatever channel would provide a good home. You can bet the phones are buzzing...
Let the puss...I mean wimps at A&E explain to the shareholders how their great ‘business decision’ put them back in the bottom tier of low-rated cable channels, alongside the home shopping channel and MSNBC.
So, Phil's talks before congregations was just the groundwork for the whole GQ interview so that the interviewer could ask questions he knew would result in conservative answers, and was publicized by A&E in concert with Duck Commander so that they could profit off of the explosion of attention?
Somehow, I doubt that.
The Gays & Lesbians Against American Decency can stick it up their A**es
Or A&E could be more creative, and replace Phil's head with Joe Biden’s head. After all, Slow Joe is a noted authority on shotguns. He would fit right in.
Though I suspect they’ve already been up to some editing. Doesn’t the Robinson family always end their Grace with, “In Jesus’ name”?
I didn’t hear it the other night, and it sounded like it had been cut out to me.
The war may still be on.
I see.... PAY me NOW or pay me later...
Somebody has a good agent..
As I understand it the drop was for reruns they just ran the weekend before, so I don’t know how significant that is. I suspect the new season will have higher ratings at least at first, as a lot of folks who never watched it will check it out to see what it’s all about. It’s also kind of odd to show 9 new episodes in Jan that feature Phil, while claiming he is suspended. My guess is the bigwigs at A&E are kicking themselves and looking for a way to back down.
On a side note I just heard that Cracker Barrel announced they will continue to sell Duck Commander merchandise, but will no longer sell Duck Dynasty stuff. Take that A&E.
They had 9 or 10 episodes of DD filmed and in the can when the perverts got their panties in a wad over Phill’s comments and A&E caved to them. So A&E wont need Phill for a few months. I hope the Robertson family decides they don’t need A&E. I don’t need A&E or any other company that decides not to sell DC products or advertize them.
In the end, it will be a big win-win for Phil, A&E, and the Duck Dynasty franchise.
If ratings hit the skids what get the blame, the boycott or what Phil said?
If Phil comes out with an apology, he will lose the strong fan base he has.
That would be a big mistake for Phil.
With or without A&E, DD fans will follow the family to whatever network
they land. However, if Phil comes out with an apology, his fans will desert
Can the Robertsons tell A&E that they don’t want the next season shown? That would be a bigger financial hit to the network than to the family.
A question of some interest is: when were the episodes taped? Given the lead time required for the interview to hit the shelves, wasn’t A&E quite well aware of the content of the interview while taping was still going on? If so, it sounds like they never intended for there to be much of a real suspension at all... we shall see what happens when filming begins for the next season.
The Daily Mail said today that an A&E representative was present when GQ interviewed Phil and approved of the content being published. That is pretty strong evidence that they were in on the stunt...knowing full well that a firestorm would be coming.
A brief suspension of Phil would show some sensitivity to GLAAD (and provide a wee bit of plausible deniability) and the DD franchise would roar on to even great viewership and brand loyalty.
Yep. He tapped into the psyche of his audience. This was all a farce.
Yeah, KingU mentioned the re-run aspect. Sounds about right.
Like you said, it will be interesting to see them air the shows with him in them.
This whole flap sure has gotten the show out there, so that many more people have heard about it now.
I will boycott AE... but I will watch new DD episodes if Phil wants me to.
Sound the mighty duck call
Let freedom quack throughout the land
A&E is that dishonest, but I don’t think Phil R. would use his religious beliefs in that way. IMO, A&E is already backing down with GLAAD by showing the new episodes previously filmed and leaving Phil in ... it’s an ‘easy’ way out of this mess for them to keep the ka-ching coming. What I’m interested in is if DD continues on A&E with new filming ... that is where the feathers meet the road ... or not.
Principles? Haahahhahahahah - funny. A good number of "conservatives" don't have any principles whatsoever. Why they even vocally and viciously support anti-gun, pro-abort, pro-fag "marriage," pro-socialized medicine, big government liberals for president - you know, because he's the lesser of two evils, or their guy with an (R) after his name.
Of course skipping meals at Packer Barrel or turning off the teevee is a difficult, hand ringing decision.
I suppose I need to turn on the tv and watch this program sometimes so I will know what in the heck is being discussed here—LOL!
I’m so not into tv except for a very few channels, such as Pickers and Pawn Stars-—those high class shows—LOL!