The "Duck Dynasty" cast saw a serious boost in their paychecks for the Season 4 premiere of the A&E show.
The entire cast earns $200,000 per episode, a rate that was decided earlier this year and is divided among the nine adults and 11 children of the Robertson clan. The paycheck is roughly four times more than their previous earnings, according to Fox.
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Production on Season 4 began while negotiations were still underway. The crew has plans for future seasons as well.
"Duck Dynasty" airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on A&E. The Season 3 finale was the most-watched A&E series broadcast in network history
, with 9.6 million viewers.
"Duck Dynasty" follows the exploits
of the Robertson brood, a down-home but rich family that earned their fortune through the Duck Commander family business. The West Monroe, La.-based company services duck hunters, specifically with a duck call for which the business is named. Brothers Phil and Si Robertson, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, are known for their signature long beards.
The "Duck Dynasty" story is narrated mostly by Willie, the third son of Phil and Marsha Kay ("Miss Kay"), and Duck Commander's CEO. He and his wife, Korie Robertson, have five children.
The "Duck Dynasty" gang appeared on NBC's TODAY
Wednesday to promote the new season, and Phil Robertson told host Matt Lauer that there were no plans to shave their extensive whiskers.
"You have to remember something — you came out of your mother's womb and reached a certain majority of years and that hair started coming forth from your face," Phil said on the program. "Not so much with women, but men, hair grows out of their face. So we usually remind people that the only two people who do not have whiskers are women and children, and we are neither of those."
Phil's wife, Mary Kay, added that she hasn't "seen his face in 30 years." The couple renewed their wedding vows for their 49th wedding anniversary as part of the Season 4 premiere.
"This wedding costs way more than the original wedding with Miss Kay and I," Phil said on TODAY. "It was $25 bucks on the first go around. Fifty years later, to kind of replay that, it was ... uh ... hold on to your pocketbook."
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