September 12, 2017
The Dynasty is coming to an end.
The A&E reality series about a Louisiana family that dominates duck hunting season is set to say goodbye after its eleventh season, the family announced in a farewell video.
“After five years we’ve decided … as a family for this to be the final chapter of the Duck Dynasty series,” Jase Robertson said in the video uploaded to the show’s official
Korie Robertson chimed in: “This is going to be the best season yet and you might see us on a special or two.”
The announcement came along with the premiere of the show’s eleventh season, which aired on Wednesday. The series will run through Jan. 18 with a small break before seven final episodes set to air between March 1 and April 12, according to Entertainment Weekly. And ET Online reports that A&E will air holiday specials after the final season.
The hit show debuted in March 2012 and broke records for both cable and the network, averaging more than 11 million viewers in its fourth season, EW reports.
Ratings took a hit, however, when Robertson patriarch Phil faced backlash and was suspended from filming for making anti-gay comments during an interview with GQmagazine in 2013.
We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” the network said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Although the show never regained its initial popularity, it still remains the network’s No. 1 series in total viewership, according to EW.