Clay Aiken Joins the Cast of Duck Dynasty

Dec 23, 2013

aikenClay Aiken has joined the cast of Duck Dynasty and is currently filming season 5 in Louisiana.

In a statement released on its website today, the A&E network said it hired the openly gay American Idol alumnus to increase diversity on the hit show, which follows the lives of the Robertson family and its duck hunting merchandise company.

Aiken will reportedly be working directly under Phil Robertson, who has recently been under fire for anti-gay comments made to GQ magazine. The network says it hopes the pairing will allow A&E to continue the hit show, while still addressing the concerns of the gay community.

"Phil's comments put us in a very difficult position," explains Nancy Dubuc, the network's CEO. "On the one hand we needed to take a strong stand against homophobia and intolerance. But on the other hand we really needed to keep our biggest hit show on the air.

"In the end we decided that we could use this controversy as a teachable moment. Adding a gay character in the series could really help America explore these difficult issues.

"We knew Clay is originally from the South and grew up hunting. So we thought it'd be a perfect match. Hopefully the viewers will agree."

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Premiering in 2012, Duck Dynasty has established itself as a dominant force on television. Last season it set a record for the highest-rated reality program ever broadcast on cable.

Its large audience was reportedly a huge draw for Aiken, whose television career has struggled since he lost Celebrity Apprentice last year.

"When I was approached to join the cast, I have to admit I was skeptical," he admits. "But I think the best way to fight prejudice is to confront it head on. And that's what I'll be doing every day on the show.

"Plus, this will be a great boost for my career. For some reason my albums haven't been selling very much in rural, Southern areas of the country. This should really increase my exposure."

Not everyone is happy with the situation, however. Although the Robertsons are contractually obligated to honor A&E's casting decisions, they don't seem to be getting along with their new employee.

"Personally I think this is bulls**t," says Jase Robertson, who runs the company's manufacturing division. "He's only been here for two days and already the dogs are walking funny. I don't like this one bit. Not one bit."

  • Erin

    “Aiken will reportedly be working directly under Phil Robertson…” Intriguing choice of words.

  • Norman Bates

    Clay was never actually eliminated on Celebrity Apprentice.

  • nugeme

    Ridiculous.

  • William Harper

    Agreed. I don’t think Clay can grow a beard.

  • Norman Bates

    You’d be wrong Here he is in Afghanistan for UNICEF

    http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/1010/i40o.jpg

  • Bebe Bradley

    Somehow, AE hiring someone for the show puts a HUGE crimp in the word “reality”, doesn’t it? Clay is a transplant. Maybe raised in the south, but not there! And not as friends with the Robertsons! It’s sad to put Clay and the Robertson family in this position! This says it all: ” But on the other hand we really needed to keep our biggest hit show on the air.”

  • michael

    i think it’s a good idea! They should get to know Clay as a person, regardless of his sexuality. Should personality be the only thing that counts? i can respect the Robertsons for disagreeing with his lifestyle, but they should look beyond that and really get to know him as person. we don’t know, they might like him if they do that.

  • Rick

    The article is nothing but a cheap pot shot at Clay Aiken by an obvious homophobic author. I’m a big fan of the show, but even I can see the obvious.

  • William Harper

    Ha! Thanks for the pic.

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  • PeachyBreyer

    This article is satire as is the whole website. But Clay’s actually lived in his hometown of Raleigh, NC all along, except for 2 yrs in L.A. right after “Idol”. He’s southern thru & thru.

  • PeachyBreyer

    Just like with “Idol”, he certainly earned the win. Arsenio was handed the title on a silver platter by the homophobic Donald Duck, after skating along to the finish on everyone else’s coattails. Even the other contestants acknowledged later that it was fixed!

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    Oh my god, why is this publication so bad? It’s one thing to try to be the next Onion, but you actually have to have a little talent and a funny sense of humor to pull it off.

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  • Kim Tardie

    He was eliminated by Donald Trump for the title of “Celebrity Apprentice”.

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    This isn’t happening folks. This is a false article to get stupid people that do not do their research before commenting on issues that they know nothing about. It’s a waste of your brain cells.

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    A&E is proof that you can’t fix stupid!!!!

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