The Duck Dynasty clan is happy, happy, happy to get back in the hunting blind and the reality show grind on A&E, according to CEO Willie Robertson.
The Round Mound of Duck Sound appeared on Fox News' New Year's Eve special last night with wife Korie, and touched on the recent controversy:
"We got a new season coming up in a couple weeks, and we're really excited about that. We got a couple episodes filmed... and we're ready to move on."
"A&E and us are fine. We're looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows. It's a new year, so we're ready to break in a new year and start it all over again."
Phil and Miss Kay's third-eldest of four sons joked about how he had been away from the family's Duck Commander business and figured no one was working.
"I think we all learned a lot and we're just ready to move on, and the family's happy, and we're ready to go. I've got to make sure my guys are back there building duck calls."
"I got to get back and crack the whip."
“I’m just glad the family is back together,” Korie Robertson added in the interview before the ball dropped in Times Square. “We’re all happy happy happy.”
Duck Dynasty returns with Phil Robertson on January 15, and all appears right with the network and the family now, despite a contentious few weeks.
Phil made coarse anti-gay comments and questioned the necessity of the civil rights movement in an interview with GQ that earned him a brief suspension.
He likened gays to sinners and homosexuality to bestiality, and said that African-Americans in the Jim Crow era South were more “godly” and “happy.”
Willie and Korie didn’t reveal too much under questioning from Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck about his father, other than that he was likely in bed.
“I reckon he’s asleep,” Willie said of the patriarch. “This is duck season so he’s getting up in a few hours. New Year’s Eve is just another night for him."
"He’ll be getting up soon and hopefully getting some ducks.”
Earlier in the week, Willie admitted on Twitter that Phil can be crude at times but insisted that his heart is good and that his old man is "the real deal."
National media firestorm aside, Hasselbeck and Hemmer also had some fun with Willie and Korie, having them "practice" their midnight kiss for the cameras.
They obliged ... as Luke Bryan popped in to say hello.