The 11th edition of A&E reality staple “Duck Dynasty,” which opened last night, will now be the final edition as a regularly scheduled series. Five-year old “Duck Dynasty” will air through Jan. 18, followed by seven final episodes including the now series finale on April 12. The decision to end the series was a mutual one between A&E and the Robertson family.
Launched on March 21, 2012, “Duck Dynasty” chronicled the lives of the Robertsons, who run family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The family was previously featured on the series “Benelli Presents Duck Commander” and its spin-off, “Buck Commander,” on the Outdoor Channel.
In the show’s heyday, 2013,the future of “Duck Dynasty” was in jeopardy when family member Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks and inflammatory statements about African-Americans in a GQ interview that became highly publicized. The controversy made national headlines, and resulted in his temporary suspension from the show.