Duck Dynasty Bids Goodbye After Eleven Seasons; Launches Spinoff
"Duck Dynasty" is bidding viewers goodbye after 11 seasons. The show filled with beards, duck-hunting, and controversy, A&E's known reality television show "Duck Dynasty" announced their decision to leave.
In its season premiere, the family announced that it will be the final chapter of the series after five years after the family decided that it would be their last. The family also announced that their fans should expect them in some holiday specials.
The show focused on the Robertson clan and their Duck Commander duck-call business in rural Louisiana.The audience knows the lives of Willie Robertson his brothers Jase, Jep, and Alan; their wives; their parents, Phil and Miss Kay; and Uncle Si.
A spinoff series called "Going Si-Ral" featuring Uncle Si and Willie was also launched. The show will feature both men analyzing viral videos on the internet and online trends.
Falling viewership and controversies
It debuted as a reality television hit with high ratings compared to its competition but "Duck Dynasty" has suffered in recent years. Some factors in consideration of the reality show's cancellation is pointed out at the decline of ratings and controversies featuring one of the cast members.
In an interview with GQ magazine back in 2013, the Phil made comments about homosexuality, women and race relations. This forced A&E to suspend the Robertson patriarch in a short time.
After the controversy, ratings fell steadily, but die-hard fans of the family kept the show enough for running.
The Robertson family managed to cash out of the show's success with merchandises like clothes, hunting gear, a holiday CD, and books. They even had a spot in the hit Christian movie God's Not Dead.
The family was also considered influential, they even had a spot on the political stage. Phil endorsed Republican Senator Ted Cruz for president. After Cruz backed out, he endorsed now president-elect Donald Trump.
The last season of "Duck Dynasty" will run through January 18, 2017. The show will return in March 2017 for seven final episodes.