The company behind the long-running A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” has been rocked by a fraud investigation, with two of the company’s key figures temporarily suspended. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Scott and Deirdre Gurney, the founders of Gurney Productions, were placed on leave by ITV.
ITV bought Gurney Productions for $40 million in 2012, the report notes.
“Staff at Gurney Productions were told Monday afternoon that the Gurneys have been placed on a short-term leave of absence amid the internal probe,” THR reports. “No charges have been filed. Sources tell THR the investigation concerns potential billing irregularities associated with Gurney programs.”
The Robertson family, which stars in “Duck Dynasty” and has a financial stake in the program, was notified of the investigation, THR notes. The show is approaching its final season on A&E.