US: Duck Dynasty live show cancelled due to poor ticket sales after anti-gay controversy

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A Duck Dynasty live show in Missouri, which was to feature ‘homophobic’ reality star Phil Robertson, has been cancelled after struggling to sell enough tickets.

The show’s star Phil Robertson was indefinitely suspended in December over an anti-gay rantbut just ten days later was allowed to return to the reality show. 

The controversy was re-ignited last month, after Willie Robertson claimed his father’s comments were about ‘God’s love’.

An official statement from JTK Productions said it was cancelling the show, due to be held on April 26 at JQH Arena in Springfield, due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

However, according to the Springfield News-Leader, the arena’s director Keith Boaz confirmed it was due to poor ticket sales.

JTK Production’s managing partners said: “We would like to thank the community of Springfield for their warm embrace and look forward to bringing exciting acts to the Springfield area.”

The TV show’s ratings are not faring much better, with this year’s season finale seeing a 30 percent drop from the year before.

The show is yet to be officially renewed for another season by network A&E.