Duck Dynasty fans were likely stunned when rumors started circulating that one of the show’s stars and the family’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, could be leaving the show.
In an interview with Parade magazine for its July 28 issue, Phil Robertson was asked how much longer he plans on being on the show.
His response was: “Not long. But I think it’ll go on without me.”
However, according to TheBlaze, Alan Robertson, Phil’s oldest son who will be joining the family for Season 4, said: “There is no set time for Dad to leave.”
“He just meant that he can’t see himself doing the show for as long as all of us <<young bucks>> [Phil Robertson’s affectionate term for his boys].”
“There are no plans for anyone to leave Duck Dynasty anytime soon,” Alan Robertson, who’s also a pastor, added.
“We do appreciate the love for the Robertson family out there and are looking forward to a great upcoming season and [those] beyond that will include Mom and Dad.”
As for Alan Robertson, he recently told the New York Post he’s excited to join the show because of what it means for spreading his faith.
“What I do for our church – you see, it’s a pretty good-sized church – impacts a lot of people, but because of my association with the show, I’ll get to minister to a lot more people,” he said.
“Any person that’s an evangelist, that’s what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger.”
Alan Robertson reiterated that the family has been upfront with the network about their beliefs from the beginning – and the network was okay with it.
“From Day 1, Dad held up his Bible and said, <<This is part of our lives, is this going to be in?>> ” Alan Robertson told the Post.
“And they were like, <<That’s in, that’s part of who you are>>.”
Duck Dynasty Season 4 will premiere on August 14.