It has been a few days since this Duck Dynasty controversy arose in the covers of GQ and has been discussed seemingly non-stop by all sorts of pundits and commentators. Today, I’m going to add my two cents on the matter. I’m not going to use this post to weigh in on the article or the comments, they were deplorable, plain and simple. Instead, I’m going to give my thoughts about the show and its future.
Now, I must admit I’ve never been a particular fan of this show. I never watched it. I do know that it is widely popular and a big boom for A&E. It’s their highest rated show. They are still showing reruns of it. I don’t think the show will go anywhere, will get dropped by A&E, or will move to another network. It’s just too lucrative.
I also don’t think the cast will go anywhere, despite their statement implying the contrary. They all have contracts, probably for multiple years down the road. While they probably could breach those contracts and litigate in court, I don’t see any of their lawyers advising them to do that (assuming, of course, there is not some important information not made public).
What I find most interesting about this story is that the GQ article and the troubling comments contained therein made it to print to begin with. A&E had no control? I find it hard to believe that nothing had to get reviewed or looked over by A&E or that A&E was in the dark about the interview. This is the network’s biggest show and GQ is a very well known publication. My guess is that it was either a terrible vetting process or a way to drum up controversy before the start of the next season. According to this British article, A&E may have had reasons. Personally, I think this situation is drawing attention to the show. Whether that is good for ratings or bad will be something that is better known when the new season airs.
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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.