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An upcoming issue of MAD magazine will include a parody of the dinnertime prayer featured at the end of each episode of "Duck Dynasty."
The parody, titled, "A 'Duck Dynasty' Closing Prayer We'd Like to Hear," was recently posted to the Pop 2 It blog on Zap2It.com. It shows cartoon versions of the Robertson family preparing to eat a pile of creatures one might expect to see in and around the Louisiana bayou. Among the animals that are ready to be consumed are what appear to be famous cartoon fowls Donald Duck and Daffy Duck.
At the center of the image is Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, who is shown praying a long and unusual prayer that takes shots at "Duck Dynasty," A&E and even the show's viewers.
"Father, we are humbled by our ability to cultivate an audience of fans who find Larry the Cable Guy too cerebral," the cartoon Robertson says at one point in the prayer.
"Thank you for allowing us to divert attention from our pungent body odor by the simple act of living next door to a swamp," he says at another point.
In the final part of his prayer he adds, "And most of all, Lord, thank you for blessing this show about a family that makes wooden duck calls, in which you see us argue with our wives, go camping, go shopping, diet, swim, eat, hunt for treasure, play ping pong – ANYTHING except make the friggin' duck calls!"
Cartoon versions of some of the Robertson men will also appear on the cover of MAD, where they will be joined by a bearded Alfred Neuman, the magazine's iconic mascot and cover boy. The magazine cover image, which was posted to the 'Duck Dynasty' Facebook page last week, has received over 110,000 "likes" and has been shared more than 20,000 times.
The prayer that ends each episode of "Duck Dynasty" has become a signature part of the show, though it has also reportedly been a point of contention at times between cast members and the network.
Phil Robertson, who founded the family's multi-million business, told Sports Spectrum TV earlier this year that the network at one time would cut out the phrase "in Jesus' name" from the end of the family's dinnertime prayers.
"So they would just have me saying, 'Thank you Lord for the food, thank you for loving us. Amen.' So I said, 'Why would you cut out 'In Jesus' name?' They said, 'Well those editors are probably doing that, and they just think, you know, they don't want maybe to offend some of the Muslims or something,'" said Robertson in the interview, which has recently gone viral.
His conversation with the producers occurred in 2012, said Robertson, and since then the network has left the phrase in the family's prayers.
"Duck Dynasty" shattered cable records in August when 11.8 million people watched the show's season four premiere. The show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.
The issue of MAD magazine featuring "Duck Dynasty" hits newsstands Oct. 22.