'Duck Dynasty:' A&E Signs Robertson Family Through 2015

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Duck Dynasty has seen its ratings wane since patriarch Phil Robertson spoke his mind about homosexuality to GQ magazine. Despite that decline, however, A&E has signed the Duck Commander clan on to their network lineup--all the way through 2015.

Fans were reportedly starting to worry that the famous family that makes duck calls might be leaving the small screen. Apparently that's not the case--at least for the foreseeable future.

Alan Robertson is Phil Robertson's oldest son, and is sometimes known as the 'first beardless' member of the Duck Dynasty clan. He had the following to say about the future of the show.

“We know we’re locked in for at least another full year — through 2015. Beyond that, we really don’t know," he said during a recent interview. "We have recommitted this year--both our family and the network production crew--to putting out some really good stories from our family that we can all enjoy.”

Oh, and was it mentioned that Alan Robertson is a pastor? And that Miss Kay admitted in a previous episode that he was--gasp--born out of wedlock?

"One of the best additions is they’re starting to put me on the air more. For awhile, I joked that they only brought me on when they wanted the big ratings. To this day the highest rated show is the wedding, so I want to thank all of America for making my debut so meaningful," Alan Robertson said of future episodes.

Duck Dynasty has averaged a respectable 4.3 million viewers per episode during season six. And while that doesn't even begin to measure up to the 12 million viewers that watched their 'Til Duck Do Us Part famous episode, it's still not bad--especially when compared to other reality shows.

Are you among the many diehard Duck Dynasty fans who are no doubt thrilled to learn that Phil Robertson, Uncle Si, Miss Kay, and even Rev. Robertson will all be returning to A&E for the next year or so?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.