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Published On: Thu, Aug 21st, 2014

Willie Robertson discusses future of ‘Duck Dynasty,’ previews ‘Before the Dynasty’

Duck Dynasty may have been a huge hit for A&E, but the reality show is strugging after subpar ratings in season 6. Willie Robertson and wife Korie are speaking out about the show’s future.
 
Willie and Korie Robertson play themselves in "God's Not Dead" and now face a ratings slump on their popular A&E show

Willie and Korie Robertson play themselves in “God’s Not Dead” and now face a ratings slump on their popular A&E show

“To some extent it’s a natural cycle of any show. You have ups and you have downs… [This season] was aired in the summer which is when not as many people are watching TV,” Willie Robertson told FOX 411 in a new interview Wednesday.

 
Season six closed out with 50 percent less viewers than the previous season finale.: 8.5 million to 4.3 million viewers. Many critics point to controversy surrounding the family’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, and his remarks against homosexuality and gay marriage.
 
Korie Robertson said that the show is the family’s platform to spread Christianity. “Doing the show and having this platform is absolutely worth it…if controversy comes with that, and it does, hopefully we handle it as a family the best way we can with love and the way God would want us to,” she said. 
 
“If you travelled around with us and saw the vigorousness of the fans’ support you’ll see that it certainly hasn’t lost momentum,” Willie said of the massive fanbase.
 
A&E has been supportive, even airing a special called “Before the Dynasty” to give fans a look at the “early days.”

“It was episodes that we did before ‘Duck Dynasty’ and they were on the Outdoor Channel,” Willie said of the series airing this Wednesday night on A&E. “Korie’s hair is a different color, beards are a little shorter, the kids are certainly a lot younger; it’s still fun.”

“A&E’s been airing these little clips throughout the [sixth] season to kind of give the fans a taste of it, and they really responded well,” Korie added. “[It] seemed like they wanted to see more so we’re happy that A&E is airing those old ‘Duck Commander’ episodes.”

 The Robertsons say that they do not know what opportunities will come in the future, but they trust God for direction. 
 
“We’ll let the Lord guide us where He takes us,” Willie Robertson said. 
 
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