'Duck Dynasty' returns for fifth season on A&E

Photo provided by Gurney Productions --From left, Si, Phil and Kay Robertson are shown in a scene from season 5 of 'Duck Dynasty.'. Show caption
Photo provided by Gurney Productions --From left, Si, Phil and Kay Robertson are shown in a scene from season 5 of 'Duck Dynasty.'.

Season 5 of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, and yes, Phil Robertson will appear in the first episode.

Robertson is patriarch of the close-knit, quirky Robertson family of West Monroe, whose duck-call manufacturing empire is the subject of the hit reality series. He was suspended from the show for nine days last month after his controversial comments to GQ magazine concerning homosexuals and African-Americans.

In the episode, viewers will be introduced to Rebecca Robertson, adopted daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, who’s just back from an internship in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Uncle Si takes ill and asks sister-in-law Kay for help, camping out in Phil and Kay’s living room.

A&E is on cable Channel 39 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and cable Channel 23 in New Orleans.