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'Duck Dynasty' stars Willie Robertson and Korie Robertson: We're glad to be back to work


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/02/2014 

Duck Dynasty stars Willie Robertson and Korie Robertson are apparently ready to put the past behind them and move forward with the filming of their family's show.

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"We're just glad to be back to work," Willie told Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselback Tuesday night during an "All-American New Year" special on Fox News, Us Weekly reported.

Willie, one of Phil's sons, and Korie, Willie's wife, opened up about the recent controversy surrounding family patriarch Phil Robertson, a 67-year-old bearded reality TV star and devout Christian. A&E had suspended Phil indefinitely from Duck Dynasty -- although the network lifted the suspension after only about one week -- for making offensive anti-gay comments during a recent interview with GQ magazine.

"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 all over again," Willie reportedly said.

"We're ready to get started. 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. I think we all learned a lot, and we're just ready to move on, and the family's happy and ready to go."

Robertson had told GQ he feels what's right and wrong has become blurred in society and homosexuality is on the same level as terrorism, alcoholism and bestiality. He said he "never, ever" passes judgement on such people but God will eventually sort out the "homosexuals, drunks and terrorists."

The suspension had prompted the entire Robertson clan to suggest they may quit the show.

"We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm," Phil's family said in a statement shortly before A&E consulted with "numerous advocacy groups" and revoked its decision.

According to Us, Korie also seemed thrilled to have things settled and get back to work.

"I'm just glad the family is all together. The best thing about the show is we get to do it together as a family, and that fact that we get to continue to do that, we're all happy, happy, happy," Korie said during the Fox special.

"At the end of day, we sit down and thank God for our blessings, and we're gonna continue to do that and hopefully we can spread that message. And I think, as a country, if we can come back to that a little bit, we'll have a great 2014."

Duck Dynasty, a huge ratings success for A&E, will return with new episodes January 15.

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