“Duck Dynasty” is coming back to A&E on August 14th, despite rumors that the network couldn’t work with the stars’ salary demands.
The breakout hit–which focuses on the Robertson family–earned a massive following last season, with 9.6 million viewers tuning in for the finale. The cast members decided they’d earned a raise, and were reportedly asking for $200,000 an episode. A&E executive producer and CEO Philip Segal spoke about the negotiations in March and didn’t avoid the tensions that arose between the cast and the network.
“The ‘Duck Dynasty’ guys… they don’t need the money. They’re having fun, right? It isn’t about the money, right? They were wealthy to begin with. These A-type personalities… the network says, ‘Can’t you get them to be behave?’ No. They are crazy, which is what makes them compelling characters,” said Segal. “When a show is a successful, it becomes a problem.”
Season 4 is moving forward, so it looks like some sort of agreement has been reached. The new episodes will feature Alan, the Robertson brother who is a regular member of the family’s speaking engagement tour but has never been on the show. You’ll know him by his lack of facial hair.
Alan, who is a pastor in Louisiana, said he had to think long and hard about whether he wanted to put his family through the same insanity his brothers have been through in the past couple of years.
“My children are grown, but all of my brothers’ children are teenagers now, so how is this crazy world going to impact them?” Alan told the New York Post. “We think about John Luke and Sadie, who are such a big part of the show and they’re teenagers, you know? They need to be just normal teenagers. We pray about that.”