Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson emerged victorious after his issues with A&E after his controversial interview with GQ.
But Phil is anything but “Happy, happy, happy” afterwards and is mulling over moving his hit show to another network. Plus Duck Commander is coming out with their line of shotguns, semiautomatic rifles, and a semiautomatic pistol!
The Robertson patriarch was reportedly humiliated after A&E tried to silence him over his conservative religious messages. Phil is now considering forming his own television production company so he can move to a Christian network that better suits his views.
Robertson, 67, recently served a short suspension from the hit show after he made homophobic comments in an interview with GQ.
Fans and other public supporters showed Phil a massive outpouring of support, convincing A&E to bring Robertson back on the show or risk losing money.
The Season 4 premiere of “Duck Dynasty” in August drew in a whopping 11.8 million viewers and total revenues for 2013 are estimated at $885 million.
The public support for Pat’s comments have convinced the smart businessman that he and his family could be better served elsewhere. There are other religious networks such as Trinity Broadcast Corporation and Christian Television Network that might be a better fit for the family.
Phil is also said to be upset that the network portrayed the Robertson clan as ignorant hillbillies.
An insider close to the family said, “A&E messed with the wrong redneck. Phil has agreed to return, but he’s already working on getting out their contracts.”
In August, the Robertson clan signed a new contract with A&E for $200,000 per episode. That contract was supposed to keep the family tied to the network for several more seasons, but Robertson is confident that he can get them out of it on a technicality after the forthcoming fifth season ends.
A source said, “He’s confident lawyers can find a loophole and get them out of any long-term commitments”.
Robertson founded Duck Commander back in the 1970’s, selling duck calls that became very popular with hunters.
The Robertson family shot to fame on their highly-rated reality show, expanding their business to sell action figures, bedding sets, video games, rugs, cookbooks, t-shirts and caps, and of course duck calls.
Now Phil will be making even more money by launching his line of Duck Commander Guns. The Robertson clan have teamed up with Mossberg to create nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.
The shotguns come in a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design and Mossberg has already begun shipping them to distributors.
The family will appear in ads for the new guns on Mossberg’s website, with one video showing Phil stating, “Do you know what makes me happy ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off”.
The pistol and one of the rifles have military-style designs with large capacity magazines holding at least 25 rounds. The rifle has some of the features of an assault rifle, but with a relatively low .22 caliber.
All the firearms come with an American flag bandana “like the one worn by Willie”, referring to the Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson, Phil’s son.
A&E initially took action after Robertson’s comments caused uproar, saying his views were ‘disappointing’ and that A&E has always been ‘strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.’
Now, the network says the family are sorry about Phil’s remarks.
A&E said in a statement, “While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would ‘never incite or encourage hate’. We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold”.
We somehow think the so-called “ignorant hillbilly” will have the last laugh!
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