Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson may have emerged victorious from his recent spat with A&E, but the millionaire patriarch is already plotting revenge on the TV network behind his hit show and reportedly has a plan in the works to move his family - plus millions of dollars of advertising and merchandise revenue - to another broadcaster.
Humiliated by A&E’s recent attempt to silence his conservative religious message, Robertson - whose Duck Commander business is worth an estimated $15 million - is secretly plotting to form his own TV production company so he can jump ship to a Christian channel more in keeping with his views.
Robertson, 67, recently served a short suspension from the hit show after he made homophobic and racially insensitive comments in an interview with GQ.
But a massive outpouring of support from Conservative supporters including Sarah Palin convinced A&E to take Robertson back or risk losing their most important cash cow.
The Season 4 premiere of Duck Dynasty last August drew a record 11.8 million viewers and total revenues for 2013 are estimated at $885 million.
Yeah well if Robertson moves his show to a strictly Christian network he can kiss a demographic that size goodbye. And the same will be true for his income.
However on that last point the Robertson clan may have a solution. Guns.
The wily businessman is set to capitalize even further on his huge popularity with conservatives with the launch of his own line of Duck Commander guns, reports CNN Money.
The Robertson clan have teamed up with Mossberg to create nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.
The shotguns come in a 'waterfowl pattern' camouflage design and Mossberg has already begun shipping them to distributors.
I'm sure they will fly off the shelves, and right into the hands of angry Duck Dynasty fans. Well great so the next school shooting, work place murder, or mall massacre can work as product placement for the Duck Dynasty camouflage gun set.
What was it Robertson said about A&E again?
"A&E messed with the wrong redneck." Oh yeah.