'Duck Dynasty' returns, the Robertsons get a pay raise

Posted By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Aug. 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM  |  Updated Aug. 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM   |   Comments

Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The A&E hit reality series "Duck Dynasty" makes a summer return just as the Robertson family ends contract negotiations with a significant pay bump for next season.

The dispute plagued production through the fourth season and threatened future seasons, but the new deal has reportedly secured the Robertsons for several more seasons should the network continue the series.

The new contract will bring the family more than $200,000 per episode, to be split among the 9 adults and 11 children on the show. The new figure is four times as much as they were earning previously.

The unscripted series is a ratings juggernaut, which worked in their favor during the salary standoff. Season three grew to a record 9.6 million total viewers for the finale, and was second only to "The Walking Dead" across cable.

Patriarch Phil; matriarch Miss Kay; Willie's brothers Jase, Jep and Alan and their wives Korie, Missy, Jessica and Lisa; and Phil's brother Uncle Si -- will all be getting significant raises.

The pay raise will supplement the family's small fortune earned through their outdoors empire Duck Commander. CEO Willie Robertson, who had to deny rumors about a run for Congress, said "at this point in my life, I'm really busy."

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