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All for Duck, Duck for All

“Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson appeared on Fox News’s “All American New Year” on Tuesday to state how happy he was that A&E would continue to air his family’s television program, “Duck Dynasty.” The Associated Press says that this is the first time the 41-year-old reality TV star has spoken to the media since his father, Phil Robertson, was suspended and reinstated by A&E over his controversial comments on homosexuality and race in a GQ interview. “We’re just glad to be back to work. . . A&E and us are fine,” the younger Robertson said. When asked to elaborate, Robertson demurred. “We’re ready to move on, you know. I think we all learned a lot and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy, and we’re ready to go. I’ve got to make sure my guys are back there building duck calls,” he said.In addition to the show, the Robertson family will soon introduce their own line of shotguns, rifles and pistols with gun manufacturer Mossberg, CNN reports.“Do you know what makes me happy, ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off,” Phil Robertson says, in a promotional video for the new line.

Apology in the sky

Actor Shia LaBeouf let graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, and the world, know how sorry he was for allegedly plagiarizing from Clowes in his short film, “” The 27-year-old appears to have arranged for a skywriter to send a public apology to Clowes, 52, on Tuesday New Year Eve. “I am sorry, Daniel Clowes,” the message said. LaBeouf has been apologizing to Clowes, 52, via Twitter since mid-December. On Wednesday, he tweeted a picture of the skywritten apology, along with the message “CLOUD: – vapor floating in the atmosphere, – remote servers used to SHARE DATA, – to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT .”




“I’ve never been ashamed of who I was.”

— Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano on the Today Show on Thursday, discussing his Dec. 19 announcement that he is gay. The 1988 gold medal winner, 50, publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation just days after President Obama named him to the U.S. Olympic delegation in Sochi.