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(CNN) - Season five of reality show "Duck Dynasty" debuts tonight on A&E, and it will feature a new character: Rebecca Robertson, a former foreign exchange student from Taiwan who was taken in by original cast members Willie and Korie Robertson.
This will also be the first new episode of the show since the controversy involving family patriarch Phil Robertson. His remarks about gays and African Americans sparked an uproar, that led to Robertson's temporary suspension last month.
While A&E and cast members are clearly ready to put the controversy behind them, it's not clear yet whether viewers are just as anxious to move on.
Unlike past celebrity controversies, "Duck Dynasty" didn't suffer any major sponsorship hits after the controversy broke. The restaurant chain Cracker Barrel temporarily pulled merchandise from store shelves, then reversed the decision.