How much should Phil Robertson be compensated for doling out his deadpanned old fashioned (but very true!) advice? What should Uncle Si garner for his hilariously bad jokes and horrible song lyrics? What would you pay to watch Jase and his monotone cadence shell out family commentary? As for Willie, what does he deserve for keeping his crazy family in check?
I don't know the answer, but apparently there is a showdown brewing between A&E and the cast of Duck Dynasty. If season four is going to happen (and oh, please let it happen!), the Robertsons are allegedly asking for a very hefty pay raise which they believe aligns with their enormous popularity. Do I agree? I'm not sure, but then again, I'm not willing to miss out on this amazing crew in my DVR roster.
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The Hollywood Reporter claims that the Robertson boys are looking for a much bigger payout in the event there is a season four of the hit reality show. According to show insiders, the Duck Dynasty clan is looking for more than $200,000 per episode for another season, with subsequent seasons bringing about additional pay increases.
While a part of me doesn't like to think of my bearded loves trying to score a bigger payday, I can't say I'm surprised. After all, Duck Dynasty is the network's highest rated show ever, reigning in over 8.6 million viewers during it's third season premiere and consistently ranking in the top two shows of all of the Wednesday night time slot.
A&E refused to comment on the stand-off, but network sources share that A&E doesn't make nearly as much money off the Robertsons as viewers would expect. A&E has no stake in Duck Dynasty's business, branding efforts, or the family's multiple speaking engagements and meet-and-greets. In other words, it's no Bravo! I think that the network may need the Robertsons more than the Robertsons need A&E. That's a very favorable position for my favorite hairy reality stars.
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