Duck Dynasty

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The Duggar Lesson: Stop This Reality Exploitation

Columnist: We beat a familiar path from entertained to horrified

(Newser) - Boy, those Duggars were fun to watch—even hate-watch—until things got creepy . Same with Honey Boo Boo . And Duck Dynasty . Enough already, pleads Kevin Fallon in a post at the Daily Beast whose headline advocates the "end of hicksploitation on TV." When doling out blame to the... More »

Duck Dynasty Musical Didn't Last Very Long

It just opened 2 weeks ago, closing already set for May 17

(Newser) - A flying duck in West Monroe, La., might have a longer life than the Duck Commander Musical that debuted in Las Vegas two weeks ago. A spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the 90-minute Broadway-style musical that told the story of the Louisiana family behind the Duck Dynasty reality show will end... More »

Coming to Vegas: Duck Dynasty, the Musical

Set to open in February, but is already controversial

(Newser) - Not into Celine Dion or Britney Spears ? Then we have good news for you: Soon you can spend your time in Vegas with the Duck Dynasty clan instead. The Robertson family of reality TV fame, along with a team from Broadway, is putting together The Duck Commander Family Musical,... More »

Phil Robertson Utters Another Anti-Gay Comment

During sermon, 'Duck Dynasty' honcho again calls them 'wicked'

(Newser) - Looks like the brouhaha over Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments last year didn't convince the Duck Dynasty star to start censoring himself. In video from an Easter Sunday sermon just obtained by TMZ and Radar , Robertson is taped singing the same tune: "The wicked will not inherit the... More »

GOP Rep Caught Kissing Staffer, Fires Her

Vance McAllister 'wrecked my life,' says her husband

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Vance McAllister has provided yet another demonstration of the perils of selling yourself as a candidate of faith and family values. McAllister issued an apology yesterday, after the Ouachita Citizen published surveillance footage from December showing the 40-year-old congressman from Louisiana passionately making out with staffer Melissa Anne... More »

Duck Dynasty Ratings Dive

Although the show still trumps the competition

(Newser) - Ratings for Duck Dynasty have taken a turn for the worse in the weeks following the Phil Robertson interview controversy. According to Variety , 6.65 million viewers tuned in to watch Wednesday night's episode of the A&E show. That's down nearly 2 million from the 8.5... More »

Duck Dynasty Clan Starts Line of Guns

Robertsons team up with Mossberg gun company

(Newser) - Got a cottonmouth in your duck blind? The Duck Dynasty family says it has just the thing: a .22-caliber pistol, one of a dozen guns now being offered by the Robertson clan of A&E fame , reports CNN . The family's company, Duck Commander, teamed up with gun-maker Mossberg to... More »

Phil Robertson's Advice: Marry 15-Year-Olds

If you wait until women are 20, they'll 'pick your pocket' instead of your ducks

(Newser) - Phil Robertson believes in a traditional definition of marriage: One man, and one teenage girl. Now that Robertson is a famous outrage magnet, his detractors are hunting for more potentially controversial quotes, and they appear to have hit gold with a 2009 clip, now circulating on blogs and social media,... More »

Suspension Over: A&E Brings Back Phil Robertson

'Duck Dynasty' will go on as usual

(Newser) - Fans of Duck Dynasty will never have to know what the show would be like without patriarch Phil Robertson. A&E said today it is allowing him to return with the rest of his clan in the spring when filming resumes, reports . The network had suspended him after... More »

Duck Dynasty Star's Latest Supporter: Alabama Senator

Meanwhile, fans create 'Chick-Phil-A Day'

(Newser) - An Alabama lawmaker thinks it's important his state be on-record as supporting Phil Robertson (who is from Louisiana). Alabama state Sen. Jerry Fielding has written a resolution declaring that legislators "stand united" against A&E's "deplorable" decision to oust Robertson who "should be celebrated as... More »

Phil Robertson Gets Slammed by Jesse Jackson

Calls him worse than Rosa Parks' bus driver

(Newser) - Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments have been getting the lion's share of attention in recent days, but he also said a few things to GQ about African Americans that, along with those aforementioned comments, aren't sitting so well with Jesse Jackson. In discussing his youth in pre-civil rights... More »

A&E's Xmas Gift to You: Duck Dynasty Marathon

Network either cashing in on brouhaha or trying to assuage fans

(Newser) - If you stand with Phil , you can sit down now for the rest of the day: A&E has yet to reinstate Phil Robertson, but it's kicking off a 12-plus-hour Duck Dynasty marathon beginning at 3:30pm today. That amounts to what Fox News calls a "staggering" 25... More »

Merry Christmas: Can We Cut the Power Struggle Already?

Free-speech wars are about power and not very Christian: Michael Gerson

(Newser) - Christmas has become the most wonderful time of year ... for heated political debate, especially of the "War on Christmas" or First Amendment variety. It's "when all the ideologues get a little extra outrage or victimization in their stockings," writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post . This... More »

Palin Didn't Read Duck Dynasty Interview She Defended

A&E showing marathon tomorrow despite controversy

(Newser) - When Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson got in hot water over anti-gay remarks , Sarah Palin rushed to defend him from the "hatin'." She told Greta Van Susteren yesterday, however, that she hasn't actually read the GQ interview in question, Politico reports. Van Susteren wanted to know whether... More »

Duck Dynasty Guy Should Learn From Pope Francis

EJ Dionne argues that religious people should be less convinced they have the answers

(Newser) - Phil Robertson is convinced the word of God justifies his controversial comments about homosexuality. Rev. Frank Schaefer is convinced that performing gay weddings was an expression of Christian love. "If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live... More »

Duck Dynasty's Robertson Explains Infamous Comments

Says he was quoting Bible

(Newser) - Following a firestorm over his anti-gay comments, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is explaining himself—though he isn't backing down. Robertson allowed the Daily Mail access to a Bible study group in his church. "I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a... More »

Duck Dynasty Items Back on Cracker Barrel's Shelves

Petitions demand reinstatement of Phil Robertson

(Newser) - Cracker Barrel on Friday distanced itself from Duck Dynasty as controversy swirled over Phil Robertson's anti-gay remarks in GQ. The move didn't last long. After announcing that it was taking some Duck Dynasty gear off its shelves ("We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend... More »

Louisiana: We'll Keep Duck Dynasty on the Air

Show's creator played gay porn star in movie

(Newser) - With Duck Dynasty on the ropes , it's Louisiana to the rescue. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has written a letter to the show's cast offering "to use his influence among Louisiana’s growing motion picture industry to seek out alternative production options" in case A&E axes the... More »

Duck Dynasty Star Has Aired Anti-Gay Views for Years

TMZ unearths Phil Robertson sermon from 2010

(Newser) - Phil Robertson's recent anti-gay comments are the ones that got him in hot water, but they're far from the first ones he's ever made. TMZ unearthed video of the Duck Dynasty star giving a sermon at a Pennsylvania church in 2010, in which he says that gays... More »

Newt Gingrich: Duck Dynasty Star Like Pope Francis

Meanwhile, Phil Robertson's family says they may not return to A&E

(Newser) - Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has had Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal rush to his aid in the wake of his suspension from A&E over anti-gay comments he made in the course of a GQ interview, and the list of high-profile Republican names is growing. In an appearance on... More »

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