Could A&E Force the Robertsons to Return to 'Duck Dynasty'?
The Robertson family took the reality TV world by storm, shattering ratings and raking in millions with “Duck Dynasty,” but their successful run came to a screeching halt last week when GQ published anti-gay remarks made by patriarch Phil Robertson.
The insider explained, "It's not as easy as just not returning to the show, since they all have binding agreements. It's the network's option, not theirs.” If each each family member has a separate deal, each could be in breach of their contract by refusing to return to work.
As America waits to see what happens, we're taking a closer look at the family’s ups and downs over the past year.
December 2012: “Duck Dynasty” is named Facebook’s most-talked about TV show of the year.
February 27, 2013: The show’s Season 3 premiere becomes A&E’s No. 1 telecast and cable’s No. 1 nonfiction series of the year with 8.6 million viewers.
March 12, 2013: “Dynasty” wins Best Docu-Series and Best New Show at the RealityWanted Awards. Uncle Si takes home Best Male TV Personality.
April 24, 2013: The Louisiana family heads to Hawaii for the season finale, while nabbing 9.6 million in the ratings.
August 14, 2013: Season 4 premieres, shattering cable records with 11.8 million viewers, keeping the title of No. 1 nonfiction series.
September 9, 2013: Sadie Robertson walks the runway at New York Fashion Week, after launching a new line of prom dresses with designer Sherri Hill.
December 11, 2013: The “Duck Dynasty” Christmas special airs.
December 18, 2013: Phil is suspended by A&E over anti-gay remarks made to GQ magazine.
December 19, 2013: The family releases a statement claiming “his beliefs were grounded in the teachings of the Bible.”
December 22, 2013: The patriarch speaks out, saying he won’t "give, or back off from his path.”
December 27, 2013: A&E lifts Phil's suspension.