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'Duck Dynasty' has been canceled after 11 seasons and years of controversy at A&E

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The "Duck Dynasty" family says its A&E series will end after this season.

They told viewers it was a family decision to make this season the final chapter.

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Phil Robertson, reality television star from the Duck Dynasty series, demonstrates a duck call during a recent store appearance at the new DICK¬ĚS Sporting Goods Grand Opening Celebration at the Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, TX on Friday, October 21, 2016. (Photo by Scott Dalton/Invision for DICK'S Sporting Goods/AP Images)

"Duck Dynasty," one of reality TV's biggest hits, starred a successful Louisiana duck call-making family, the Robertsons. 

The families line of duck call products were a hit with fans.

Controversial run

In 2013, the year after it debuted, "Duck Dynasty" ran into controversy. Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was suspended by A&E after GQ magazine quoted him declaring that gays are sinners and African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws.

His family supported him, saying in an online post at the time that although some of Phil Robertson's comments were coarse, "his beliefs are grounded" in the Bible and he is a "Godly man." Others defended his right to voice his opinions, and he was reinstated by A&E.


The last flight of "Duck Dynasty" will be broken into halves. The show will run through Jan. 18, take a break and then resume March 1.

The series finale is set for April 12.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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