07/26/2013 07:08 pm ET Updated Jul 29, 2013

Is Phil Robertson Leaving 'Duck Dynasty'? A&E Reality Star Hints At Departure

He may be the leader of the "Duck Dynasty" pack, but Phil Robertson is hinting that he doesn't have much time left on the A&E reality series.

In an interview with Parade magazine, the reality star admitted that he and "Duck Dynasty" aren't in it for the long haul.

When asked how much longer he would be involved with the show, Robertson, "Not long," noting that he thought the show itself would be fine. "I think it'll go on without me."

"Duck Dynasty," which stars the camo-wearing, bearded duck-hunting Robertson family, certainly hasn't struggled in the ratings recently. The Season 3 finale brought in 9.6 million viewers -- and 5.5 million in the coveted 18-49 demo -- making it the most-watched telecast in A&E history among all key demos.

Although "Duck Dynasty" could be losing its patriarch in the not-so-distant future, it's also gaining a Robertson in Season 4. Alan, a 47-year-old pastor, is leaving his station in Louisiana to join his family on their adventure.

“What I do for our church -- you see, it’s a pretty good-sized church -- impacts a lot of people, but because of my association with the show, I’ll get to minister to a lot more people,” Alan explained to the New York Post, adding that he's remained anonymous throughout the series because he doesn't have one of iconic Robertson beards. “All this time I’ve been flying under the radar; I can go to Starbucks and get Mama coffee.”

"When reached for comment, a representative for A&E said, "Phil Robertson and the rest of the family are contracted past [the show's upcoming] Season 4."

"Duck Dynasty" Season 4 premiere will air on Wed., August 14 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.

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