January 04, 2014 07:33 AM by Suzy Kerr
Who’s bearded, bandana’ed, has a new gun line and ready to move on in 2014? Willie Robertson, that’s who. The Duck Dynasty star has remained fairly quiet since his dad Phil Robertson’s controversial comments in a GQ interview were released, save for the official statement he and his family gave immediately afterward. Now, the duck-loving (or hating, depending how you look at it) Louisianan is speaking out, and here’s the bottom line – he’s so over it, y’all.
Willie and his wife Korie chatted with Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck during a Fox New Year’s special, and of course the recent controversy surrounding the family came up. Phil Robertson’s homophobic and racially insensitive comments during an interview for this month’s edition of GQ resulted in a firestorm last month, with people sounding off both for and against the Robertson clan, and A&E almost immediately suspending the DD patriarch from the show. Now that Phil’s been reinstated, however, Willie and Co. say they’re ready to put the past in the past and move on.
“We’re just glad to be back to work,” he told Hemmer and Hasselbeck during the television program. “A&E and us are fine. We’re looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows. It’s a new year, so we’re ready to break in a new year and start all over again.”He also added, “We’re ready to get started. We got a new season coming up in a couple weeks, and we’re really excited about that. We got a couple episodes filmed … and we’re ready to move on. I think we all learned a lot, and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy and ready to go.”
Korie Robertson echoed her husband’s feelings, telling the TV hosts, “I’m just glad the family is all together. The best thing about the show is we get to do it together as a family, and that fact that we get to continue to do that, we’re all happy, happy, happy.”
And rich, rich, rich.The Robertsons are A&E’s biggest draw, with Duck Dynasty bringing in millions of viewers each week and the family making some serious bank off the hit show – to the tune of $200,000 per episode. So yeah, now that their cash cow is once again secure, I don’t think Korie is exaggerating when she says they’re all happy, happy, happy.
What do you think about all this? Are you ready to move on with the Robertsons, or will you be fulfilling your duck call needs elsewhere? Tell us in the comments!
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