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A&E To Air Christmas Day "Duck Dynasty" Marathon

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A&E may have given Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson the heave-ho when they suspended him from future episodes of the show last week, but the network is still welcoming him home for holidays.

The channel is celebrating Christmas with a staggering 25 consecutive episodes of their No. 1 show, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Day and running until the wee hours of Dec. 26.

According to the schedule on A&Es website, the Robertsons will take over the channel until 4 a.m., and then paid programming meaning infomercialswill kick in.

And dont think controversial papa Phil will be left out of the Christmas Day airings. He is a key character in plenty of the episodes scheduled to air, including Quack-O-Lantern and Drag me to Glory.

For Christmas, A&E is just giving the fans what they want, said Cate Meighan, senior writer for Celeb Dirty Laundry.

I think, honestly, its A&E trying to play both sides of the coin, she said. Theyve come out and not supported Phils statements however theyre also looking at the backlash from the fans, and they have a huge amount of backlash from the fans.

Plus, in the TV world, it all comes down to money, she said. Duck Dynasty is the networks top show, and it has reeled it more than 14 million viewers at its peak, which means big advertising bucks for the network.

It is really a money thing, Meighan explained. Youre going to have the same people tuning into Duck Dynasty that always have and the same people not watching that always have.

She said at the end of the day, the series will likely continue if the advertisers continue rush to air ads during the series. If they dont, the spotlight will likely fade.

Unfortunately people are secondary, she said. At the end of every single thing that we see its about the money and the advertising.
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