‘Duck Dy­nasty’ call­ing it an end

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The “Duck Dy­nasty” fam­ily says its A&E se­ries will end af­ter this sea­son.

Their an­nounce­ment was paired with Wed­nes­day’s de­but episode of the show’s 11th sea­son.

“Duck Dy­nasty,” one of re­al­ity TV’s big­gest hits, starred a suc­cess­ful Louisiana duck call-mak­ing fam­ily, the Robert­sons. They told view­ers it was a fam­ily de­ci­sion to make this sea­son the fi­nal chap­ter.

In 2013, the year af­ter it de­buted, “Duck Dy­nasty” ran into con­tro­versy. Phil Robert­son, the fam­ily pa­tri­arch, was sus­pended by A&E af­ter GQ mag­a­zine quoted him declar­ing that gays are sin­ners and AfricanAmer­i­cans were happy un­der Jim Crow laws.

His fam­ily sup­ported him, say­ing in an on­line post at the time that al­though some of Phil Robert­son’s com­ments were coarse, “his be­liefs are grounded” in the Bible and he is a “Godly man.” Oth­ers de­fended his right to voice his opin­ions, and he was re­in­stated by A&E.

The last flight of “Duck Dy­nasty” will be bro­ken into halves. The show will run through Jan. 18, take a break and then re­sume March 1. The se­ries fi­nale is set for April 12.

But the fam­ily teased Wed­nes­day that there could be “Duck Dy­nasty” spe­cials ahead.

GUR­NEY PRO­DUC­TIONS

Wil­lie Robert­son stars on the A&E re­al­ity TV show “Duck Dy­nasty,” which will end af­ter its 11th sea­son.

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