3 Times Duck Dynasty Almost Didn’t Make It This Far

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Duck Dynasty and the Robertsons have been through a lot: multiple hiatuses, controversy, struggling to get good ratings. But they’ve made it through the valleys.

The women of Duck Dynasty (image from the Christian post)

And it’s a good thing they did. Because Season 11 promises to be the mountain of all seasons. But, over the past five to six years, there are three instances that stand out as near show-killers…

Phil’s GQ interview

Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ almost ended the show for good (source: The Huffington Post)

Phil told GQ about his views on homosexuality. People didn’t agree. A&E suspended Phil, which threatened the life of the show.

This led to the family doing something they had never done before the family almost decides to leave.

The Robertsons enjoy each other as they wrap up the last shots of Duck Dynasty (source: Facebook)

There were a few times the family seriously considered ceasing the show, according to E! News. One of those times was shortly after the GQ article.

“They’re an extremely tight-knit family and they’re not going to let this get in the way,” E! News‘ source said. “[Phil] is the reason for their success — they’re not going to abandon him. They’re also not about to let anyone threaten their religious beliefs.”

They stayed loyal to Phil through it all. Fortunately, they also stayed loyal to Duck Dynasty.

Viewership suffers

Duck Dynasty
The men of Duck Dynasty almost didn’t return to TV on multiple occasions (source: Fox News)

Season 10 was almost Duck Dynasty‘s last season, according to Movie News Guide.

“Unlike previous runs, the renewal this time around [season 11] is much more uncertain,” MNG said. “This is probably because of the declining viewership of the series.”

But, as we now know, viewership picked up and A&E kept Duck Dynasty on for another season. Which, hopefully, will be the best season yet.

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