Last night’s season 3 premiere of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” set records with 8.6 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly on Feb. 28. They reported it to be the most-watched episode and also A&E’s biggest audience to date. The ratings beat out top shows “Modern Family” and “American Idol” for the night.
The premiere came on the night following their appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” British singer Morrissey was scheduled to be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as well, but he cancelled after learning the “Duck Dynasty” cast would also be appearing on the show. Morrissey is an animal rights activist and called the cast “animal serial killers.”
“Duck Dynasty” is a docu-series about a family who operates their own business making products for hunters, in particular, duck calls and decoys.
The Washington Post reports that Jimmy Kimmel explained to the audience his stance on Morrissey refusing to be on the show by saying “There’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump ‘Duck Dynasty.’ It’s because they have guns, and Morrissey doesn’t.”
Kimmel went on to say the cast of “Duck Dynasty” feel bad and have a call for those who oppose hunting. This introduced a gag ad for the show in which the cast is using carrot calls to lure carrots out of the ground and into their mouths.
It appears the moral stand Morrissey took refusing to be on the show enhanced the popularity of “Duck Dynasty” and the duck commander.
What does everyone think about the feud Morrissey created? Tune in and watch new episodes of “Duck Dynasty” Wednesday’s at 9 p.m. CST.