Controversy and sagging TV ratings aside, the bearded
According to the Associated Press, Jindal paid a visit to the family's duck call operation in West Monroe, La., in February to present the Robertsons with the first-ever Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The family-run operation was founded in West Monroe in 1972 and is now a multi-million dollar business.
The series reached the height of its popularity in late 2013, when the fourth season drew an average of more than 9 million viewers per episode. But then Phil Robertson, founder of the company, gave an interview to
In a statement on his website at the time, Gov. Jindal supported the Robertson family, saying: "Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the state of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with."