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'Duck Dynasty': Robertson family members ready to 'move on'

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Published: Wed, Jan. 1 2:01 p.m. MST

 This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, \

This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, "Duck Dynasty."

(Zach Dilgard, Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Willie and Korie Robertson, two of the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” show appeared on Fox News’ New Year’s Eve special, “All American New Year,” and appeared ready to forgive and forget the show’s recent controversy as the clock ticked toward 2014.

“We’re just glad to be back to work,” Willie Robertson told Fox News hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck during an interview conducted via satellite from Steamboat Springs, Colo.

“A&E and us are fine,” he continued. “The Robertsons, we’re 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.”

For anyone in a media blackout zone over the holidays, A&E’s top-rated reality series became the focal point of a major controversy when Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended from the series after a magazine published comments he made criticizing gay marriage and praising the pre-civil rights South.

Fans of the series, which drew 11.77 million viewers for its most recent season premiere, making it the highest-rated cable nonfiction series ever, were outraged and lobbied A&E to reverse its decision. A&E eventually reinstated the elder Robertson on Friday after a nine-day suspension, which means he didn’t miss any filming for the series.

“We are ready to move on,” Willie Robertson, one of Phil’s sons, said. “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.”

Following Phil Roberson’s suspension, members of the Robertson family released a statement claiming they didn’t know how to continue with the show without Phil. Many people speculated that the Robertsons could take their reality show act to another channel. But now that A&E has lifted Phil’s suspension, it appears everything is OK between the two camps.

“The best thing about the show is that we get to do it together as a family. The fact that we get to continue to do that, we’re all happy, happy, happy,” Korie added.

When asked what Phil Roberston was doing at that moment, Willie had to guess: He was either asleep or watching Fox News.

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1. Avenue
Vernal, UT,
Jan. 1, 2014

Glad Phil is back on the show.

Logan, UT,
Jan. 2, 2014

I hope Phil Robertson will learn from this incident that it is not OK to say blacks were happier back in the time of segregation.

3. Lillith70
Jan. 2, 2014

LOL, that comment about being asleep or watching Fox News ought to bite if you are a PC liberal proglydite.(Progressive and out of touch about the new reality--The sheeple are milling in discontent)

" He was either asleep or watching Fox News."

4. The Real Maverick
Orem, UT,
Jan. 2, 2014

I hope to never hear from this guy again. His comments were so trashy and vulgar. Completely drew away the spirit. You may have the right to say anything you want but that doesn't mean all of society must accept or agree with you. I get tired of folks like Duck and Rush who say any trashy thing and then make you feel guilty about it because we have morals and don't agree with hateful, trashy, or vulgar speech.

5. Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA,
Jan. 2, 2014

@The Real Maverick: Well said. Funny how Phil had so many supporters in this forum until he cracked wise about young girls. It's almost like Phil's supporters here are okay with him as long as he keeps his remarks to minorities and folks in the LGBT community. it really says soi much more about his supporters than it does about him.