“Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson says his family is ready to move forward with their hit A&E show after the network lifted his father Phil Robertson’s suspension over controversial comments he made about gay marriage.
Willie, along with his wife Korie, appeared on Fox News during their New Year’s Eve broadcast, where he almost got a celebratory kiss from singer Luke Bryan!
Willie, who is the CEO of the $400 million Duck Dynasty empire, revealed that father Phil Robertson was probably asleep early to prepare for early morning duck hunting.
In the interview with Fox News as part of the “All-American New Year,” Robertson and his wife Korie told Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck there is no bad blood between the family and the network and they are excited to continue the show in 2014.
Willie stated, “We’re just glad to get back to work, A&E and us are fine. The Robertsons, we are looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows and it’s a new year, so we are ready to break in a new year and start it all over again.”
Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E for nine days after he made the controversial remarks about homosexuals and African-Americans in GQ magazine. He was reinstated by the network on Friday.
Robertson said the family is ready to move on from the incident. He said, “You know we are ready to move on. I think we all learned a lot and we are just ready to move on and the family is happy and we are ready to go.”
He said, “We had a lot to be thankful for in 2013 for sure. If this next year is half as successful we will be blessed.”
During their second exclusive interview with hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer following the ball drop at Times Square, Willie and Korie Robertson were teased about their first kiss of 2014.
As the couple gave one another a peck, country star Luke Bryan photo-bombed the shot and tried to lean in and give Willie Robertson a kiss.
“Let me get a kiss!” Bryan said, grabbing Robertson’s face, but didn’t actually go through with the smooch!
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