‘Duck Dynsaty’ family contractually bound to A&E

‘Duck Dynsaty’ family contractually bound to A&E

Phil Robertson may never return to A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty,” and the rest of his family is hesitant to carry on without its patriarch, a source tells FOX411. But the family may not be in a position to take an “all of us or none of us” stand.

“It’s not as easy as just not returning to the show, since they all have binding agreements. It’s the network’s option, not theirs,” an insider connected to the production told FOX411. “Plus the family makes far too much money selling merchandise because of the show. It would be a bad business decision to leave it.”

According to Beverly Hills-based entertainment attorney Julian Chan, each show participant is generally under a separate deal when it comes to these types of contracts. So each family member could be subject to a breach of contract claim regardless of what happens to anyone else on the show, no matter what his or her role.

We’re also told that the contracts have morality clauses that give the network the right to get rid of cast members — but the others still have to keep the show running.

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