Time to say goodbye to all of the folks over at Duck Commander.
Tonight, the cast of “Duck Dynasty” announced on A&E that after 11 seasons of the show, they will be ending their run in the new year. This move isn’t an enormous surprise, given that for the most part, this is a show that is not spoken about with nearly the buzz that it once had. There was a time when the Robertson family was the most-popular reality TV family out there, generating a way bigger audience than even the Kardashians while also having a similar level of pop-culture impact. There were products, calendars, and at one point even a video game themed around the group. It certainly wasn’t bad given that this family (before the show) was mostly just famous for their duck calls; in the time that followed the first season, they became an empire.
Yet, the series was not exactly ever the same following some comments from family patriarch Phil Robertson that were determined by many to be homophobic, and he was temporarily suspended from the show. The series was already starting to come down from its pop-culture high at that point, but this did further aid in the decline of the viewership. The show did still keep a solid conservative base, which is why it still went on to last as long as it did.
Even though “Duck Dynasty” may now be ending, we do imagine that there will be some other venues for the Robertsons moving forward. Daughter Sadie Robertson already participated in a season of “Dancing with the Stars,” and we could see some of these people doing other reality competitions in the future. They’ve also got their business and are actively involved in both the church and in politics, so there are other venues for them if they want to stay in the spotlight.
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