Duck Dynasty may soon be down a beard.
In a new interview with Parade, Phil Robertson makes it clear that his future with the smash hit show may soon be over, answering a question about how much longer he'll stick with the series by saying "Not long" and adding:
"I think it'll go on without me."
Duck Dynasty Season 4 kicks off on August 14, with the A&E reality show more popular than ever. Its numbers dwarf those of any program on NBC.
New episodes will introduce viewers to Alan Robertson, the beardless - yes, beardless! - oldest son of Phil and Kay.
What's the key to the show's success? Willie tells Parade that the relatives really do keep it real and that the family has been brought a "a whole lot closer," via filming.
"It's probably the opposite of most reality shows. And nobody gets a big head because we're all doing it together," he says.
The Season 3 finale of Duck Dynasty garnered 9.6 million viewers - along with 5.5 million in the coveted advertising demographic of 18-49 - making it the most-watched telecast in A&E history.
Asked about the status of Phil Robertson, a network spokesperson said simply:
"Phil Robertson and the rest of the family are contracted past [the show's upcoming] Season 4."