November 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
‘Duck Dynasty’ to end after 11th season
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Duck Dynasty will conclude in April after 11 seasons. (Photo courtesy A&E Networks)

A&E’s top-rated show “Duck Dynasty” will be ending, the family announced on Wednesday ahead of the show’s 11th season premiere.

The show premiered in 2012 and featured the Robertsons, a Louisiana family who became wealthy from fabricating duck calls for duck hunting season. The show quickly became a pop culture phenomenon and the most-watched non-fiction series in U.S. cable T.V. history.

“Duck Dynasty” wasn’t without controversy. In 2013 Phil Robertson was suspended from the show after making homophobic and racist remarks in an interview with GQ Magazine. A&E eventually lifted the suspension and opted to create a series of PSAs for the channel to promote tolerance and acceptance.

During the election, Robertson endorsed Ted Cruz for president while his son, Willie, supported Donald Trump. Willie appeared at the Republican National Convention’s first night to publicly showcase his support.

The 11th season will run through Jan. 18 and then take a hiatus until March 12. The series finale will air on Apr. 12, 2017.

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