Clare O’Connor
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.

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