Phil Robertson Plotting Revenge on the A&E Network
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson may have emerged victorious from his controversial issues with A&E, but the millionaire patriarch is already plotting revenge on the TV network.
Robertson feels betrayed by bosses at A&E and is plotting to get his family out of the $200,000 per episode contact they signed last August.
According to sources, Robertson reportedly has a plan in the works to move his family – plus millions of dollars of advertising and merchandise revenue – to another broadcaster.
Humiliated by A&E’s recent attempt to silence his conservative religious message, Robertson – whose Duck Commander business is worth an estimated $15 million – is secretly plotting to form his own TV production company so he can jump ship to a Christian channel more in keeping with his views.
Robertson, 67, was recently suspended from the hit show after he made homophobic and racially insensitive comments in an interview with GQ.
But a massive outpouring of support from Conservative supporters including Sarah Palin convinced A&E to take Robertson back or risk losing their most important cash cow.
The Season 4 premiere of Duck Dynasty last August drew a record 11.8 million viewers and total revenues for 2013 are estimated at $885 million.
In August the Robertson clan signed a new contract with A&E for $200,000 per episode. That contract is 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.
Robertson’s Statement in GQ Magazine
Duck Dynasty star on homosexuality : This is what Robertson said in the GQ interview when asked which sins were damaging America: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” Robertson said. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”
Duck Dynasty Launches New Line
The family-owned business at the center of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” has launched its own line of guns.
The gun-maker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.
ABOUT: Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander.
The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—are known for their long beards and their religious views. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel.
The show has broken several ratings records on both A&E and cable television as a whole. The fourth season premiere drew 11.8 million viewers; the most-watched nonfiction cable series in history.
On December 18, 2013, A&E announced the indefinite suspension of Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, from the show “over anti-gay remarks” in a GQ interview which were widely-reported in the media.The suspension started a nationwide debate about tolerance and religion. Following public support for Phil, as well as support for the suspension, he was reinstated nine days later.
The show had $80 million in advertising sales for the first nine months of 2013, and merchandise has generated another $400 million in revenue, about half of which is through Walmart.