Duck Dynasty stayed alive

source: Pinterest Now that we know Duck Dynasty is going off the air (April 12 is the last episode) for completely normal reasons (the family’s lives are moving on), let’s revisit some history. 

Let’s look at the times the show was almost canceled but wasn’t because of the Robertson’s determination. Here are four examples of that…

Phil’s GQ Interview

Phil RobertsonPhil Robertson did not give up on his dream of making the best duck call ever (source: The Gospel Herald)

A&E didn’t agree with Phil’s beliefs about homosexuality, so they banned him. This threatened the life of the show, Phil being one of the main characters and the patriarch of the TV family.

This led to…

The Robertson’s Religious Beliefs

Phil Robertsonsource: Heavy

According to E! News, the family started thinking very seriously about leaving Duck Dynasty behind.

“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.”

Declining Viewership 

Uncle Si and Phil Robertsonsource: The Gospel Herald

Movie News Guide reported earlier this year that season 10 may be Duck Dynasty’s last season.

“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 then we all know what happened shortly after that…

The Robertsons announce the sad news

We knew it would come someday, but it’s surely hard to hear for Duck Dynasty fans. On November 16, 2016, the Robertson’s announced that season 11 would be their last.