NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: The cast of 'Duck Dynasty' attends the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8, 2013 in New York City. redit: Getty Images for A+E Networks
If you've checked your Facebook or email this week, you might have been treated to a surprising story of how "Ducky Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson has been fighting the network that airs his show regarding frequent uses of prayer and guns. Mainly, the story says that Phil has taken a stand against A&E in order to keep the two topics in the show.
But while the story may endear fans to Phil and the clan even more, information we've uncovered says the entire thing just isn't true.
First, here's a copy of one of the variations of the rumor that's circulating on Facebook:
That's a pretty loaded statement. To have a show's star speak out agaisnt his own network is a big deal. And especially when it comes to faith and guns, two hot-button issues. Still, given Phil's outspoken nature, it's not out of the question.
So what's the truth?
There's nothing to it, family member and Phil's oldest (and non-bearded ) son Alan Robertson tells TheBlaze.
"The rumor that A&E told the Robertsons to tone down guns and prayer is not true," Alan said in an email to TheBlaze, adding the description of "false" to the chatter. "We continue to partner with A&E to make a great tv show that reflects our family's values."
And it seems Phil himself has weighed in according to another of the show's stars. On Thursday, Missy Robertson -- wife of bearded brother Jase -- tweeted a response to a question from someone asking about the controversy. According to the tweet, she asked Phil about it and he said "not to my knowledge."
Phil just said "Not to my knowledge." @benny_smith09: true A&E ask Phil not to pray show cause of liberals & atheists complained to them?
That seems pretty clear. And as Phil would say, the family seems "happy, happy, happy" with the way things are going.
In other news, Willie Robertson announced earlier this week on his Twitter account that the show will officially be returning for a fourth season:
In NY city with A & E, so yes, we're baaack! Season 4 is coming, Jack!
Author's note: TheBlaze will be reviewing Phil Robertson's newest book this weekend, "Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander." Stay tuned for the write-up next week.