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'Duck Dynasty' audience ebbs even as Phil controversy fades
'Duck Dynasty' audience ebbs even as Phil controversy fades

Late last year, the Robertson family of the cable TV smash "Duck Dynasty" waded into a treacherous swamp. Outrage exploded after Phil Robertson, the show's long-bearded patriarch, called homosexuality a sin and denied seeing black people mistreated in the pre-civil rights Deep South. A&E, the family's network home, swiftly suspended Phil; the Louisiana family that built its fortune on duck-hunting calls shot back that they wouldn't continue the show without him. As fans and conservative commentators gathered on Twitter to #StandWithPhil, the future of the No. 1 reality TV show in cable history looked in doubt. Seven months later, all that drama seems as...

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