January 3, 2014
“Do you know what makes me happy, ladies and gentlemen?” asks Phil Robertson in a video ad for his family’s brand new line of guns on the website of firearm manufacturer Mossberg. “To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”
Robertson has far more to be happy about in 2014. The patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan was recently reinstated by A&E after a brief suspension from the hit show for making anti-gay remarks in an interview.
The network’s capitulation shouldn’t have been surprising given the unprecedented success of the bayou-based series, which set a reality TV record for its August season premiere with 11.8 million viewers.