Duck Dynasty books written by four members of the A&E reality show’s Robertson family have continued to rise in sales during the holiday season despite the recent controversy surrounding Phil Robertson.
According to a book poll from USA Today, Phil Robertson’s memoir Happy Happy Happy jumped from No. 56 to No. 46 last week, making its way into the media outlet’s “Top 50” bestselling titles of the week ending on December 22. Additionally, Miss Kay’s cookbook, Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen, jumped from No. 30 to No. 19, while Pastor Alan Robertson’s The Duck Commander Devotional now sits at No. 23, up from No. 35 and Uncle Si Robertson’s Si-cology at No. 28 from No. 33.
Phil Robertson’s memoir Happy Happy Happy jumped from No 56 to No 46 following controversy surrounding him
In addition to heightened book sales, Billboard reported last week that Robertson family’s Christmas album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, was on track to sell 125,000 copies in the week ending on December 22. The album, which features cameos from famous country musicians like George Strait, has sold a total of 575,000 copies since it was released in late October.
The Duck Dynasty stars offered a stage show Sunday that brought their audience of several thousand to their feet at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.
For much of the two-hour show, the Robertsons in attendance – Miss Kay, Alan, Korie, John Luke, Sadie and Willie – seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd.
Willie Robertson snapped pictures of his mom, Miss Kay; Korie beamed when her children John Luke and Sadie spoke; Alan belly-laughed until he cried as John Luke, his nephew, explained his lack of sporting prowess.
“I was the catcher on my T-ball team,” said John Luke Robertson, 17, pausing just a beat.
“Think about it.”
The faith that keeps the family together, portrayed with a family prayer over dinner as each episode closes, was more deeply on display than it is on television. Each family member, sitting onstage on high stools, seemed completely engaged as dark family secrets were told again in hopes that other families could see that God could, and would, work in their lives.
“We have not always been the happy close family you see on the show,” said Alan Robertson.
The Robertsons, who have used their fame to help charitable groups, were in Lexington for a fundraiser for Frankfort Christian Academy so it can put heat and air-conditioning in the school gym.
Miss Kay Robertson, dressed with a little sass in a red shirt under a black lace tunic, somehow managed to make folks laugh as she told how family patriarch Phil drank and partied too much for too long. On Duck Dynasty, Miss Kay often gets her way with a gentle nudge and heap of something delicious and homemade on a platter, but she showed some of the steel under her soft voice and sweet smile as she talked about the early years of her marriage.
The Duck Dynasty stars offered a stage show Sunday that brought their audience of several thousand to their feet at Lexington’s Rupp Arena
“It just got worse and worse,” she said.
At one point, Phil ran a bar and required his non-drinking wife to be the barmaid.
But, Miss Kay said, she tried to follow her grandmother’s advice to fight for her marriage no matter what. That is until Phil told her to “take her kids” and leave because they were “ruining his good time.” But, she said: “How was I supposed to be fighting when he put us out?”
Soon enough, Phil Robertson, a wreck when left on his own, found his way to the church. Forty years later, Miss Kay’s voice catches as she remembers the day Phil came to the Lord and was baptized as she stood there with her three boys, all of them crying.
Alan Robertson, the oldest brother, has the most vivid memories of his father’s dark days but still found himself at 14 secretly drinking and causing trouble while piously going to church. The veil fell at 17 when he and his buddies trashed the neighborhood. Miss Kay asked him, the one she had always depended on to do right, if he had been drinking.
“Yes, ma’am,” he said.
“I was respectful as I broke her heart,” Alan Robertson recalled.
Like the Prodigal Son, Alan Robertson returned home after an ill-conceived attempt to find himself in New Orleans and went on to become a pastor.
After the family’s trials, Alan Robertson said: “We understand God’s grace.”
Family challenges help them do the right thing in the spotlight, said John Luke. Portrayed on the show as rather quiet except when gassed up to get a tooth pulled, he told, with the timing of a comedian, how he failed at every team endeavor from basketball to chess. But, John Luke said, his struggles led him more to church, and there he found his voice.
God was preparing him, he said, when he didn’t know what he was being prepared for. He also told the audience God “is preparing you for something right now.”
Willie Robertson got one of the biggest reactions from the crowd when he repeated a performance he used to do on the school bus for quarters. As “the human juke box” he spat out a beat box rap to a Foreigner tune.
The enthusiasm for that was matched when the Duck Commander CEO had a bit of a prayer-warrior moment. Willie Robertson told the crowd that by watching Duck Dynasty, they were part of a powerful movement to change entertainment.
“You are supporting positive, pro-family entertainment where there is prayer,” he said.
Willie Robertson said families around the world are seeing their pray.
Each family member, from Willie’s elegant wife, Korie, to his earnestly adorable daughter, Sadie, made the point in her own way that the credit for much of what they have can be traced to what they believe.
And that faith in action was shown in a moment near the end of the show that probably was missed by most. While the Robertsons took a final bow, with a string of members of the military onstage behind them, Willie Robertson took the trademark stars and stripes bandanna from his head and gave it without fanfare to a veteran in a wheelchair.
MissKay Robertson spoke at the Night of Ducks and Hucks fundraising event in Monroe, North Carolina, over the weekend.
The Duck Dynasty matriarch talked candidly about the well-publicized dark period she endured with husband Phil Robertson during the early days of their marriage, going as far as to explain how her oldest son Alan, at the tender age of just 10, convinced her not to take her own life.
As Phil Robertson discussed in his book Happy, Happy, Happy, he was a man more interested in killing ducks and getting his next drink than he was at being a husband or father. He left Miss Kay alone to raise Alan, Jase and Willie (Jep wasn’t born yet) as he fell deeper and deeper into alcoholism.
Miss Kay Robertson spoke at the Night of Ducks and Hucks fundraising event in Monroe, North Carolina
“I had ten bad years with Phil and he was horrible. He was a rascal and I tell ya’, he was just like the people he was fussing about,” Miss Kay explained.
When reflecting on a story Phil Robertson shared about getting in a fight in which he hit a woman Miss Kay stated: “And you say, <<How can he hit a woman? Well, I tell ya>>, the devil gets in women just like he gets in men. That was a mean lady. I’m not saying they should have got beat up by Phil at all, but you live like that and that’s one of the consequences.”
Then Miss Kay Robertson shared an extremely personal moment within her family, perhaps the most pivotal moment for her, the boys’ and Phil’s life, wanting that openness of her struggles to provide a perspective of hope to the audience: “I can tell you right now that people I talk to who say they have no hope I can say I’ve been there. Sometimes you can’t feel like you can live at all without hope. That night I was without any of it. I cried in that bathroom and I just didn’t want to live anymore. I wanted Phil to be punished, to realize what he was doing.”
“What probably saved me from doing anything to myself that night… I always describe it as I hear three little sets of house shoes and that was Al and Jase and Willie. Alan knocked on the door and said, <<Mama don’t cry anymore, please don’t cry anymore>>. He said, <<God’s going to take care of you>>. He was 10-years-old, Jason was 6, Willie was 3. And he [Alan] said, <<Mom, He will take care of all of us, please don’t cry anymore>>. I felt like right then God told me, <<I got plans for you>>. Those little kids knew what I needed and they told it to me through a bathroom late at night. And I want to tell you something, the next day I did give my heart to Jesus.”
Duck Dynasty published few of Miss Kay Robertson’s famous recipes like banana pudding, quick biscuits, and Swiss steak.
Miss Kay Robertson shared her banana pudding recipe, one of the Robertsons’ favorite desserts.
2 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 12-ounce can of evaporated milk
Miss Kay Robertson shared her banana pudding recipe, one of the Robertsons’ favorite desserts
3/4 cup of milk
6 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag vanilla wafers
2 bananas, sliced
In a large double boiler, melt the butter and then add the sugar, salt, flour, evaporated milk and regular milk. Stir with a whisk. Add the egg yolks to the mixture, constantly stirring until thick. Add the vanilla extract. Place the vanilla wafers and bananas into a 9-inch-by-13-inch dish. Then pour in the mixture. Chill before serving.
While you might expect Duck Dynasty reality show about a Louisiana family of self-avowed “rednecks” to be an unfriendly environment for women, it is quite the opposite.
The women of Duck Dynasty are respected, and they are strong.
Miss Kay Robertson, the matriarch of the family, has been married to her husband Phil for nearly 50 years and has four sons. Although she is sometimes portrayed as silly or out-of-touch, she is a woman of dignity and substance.
Viewers learn that Phil and Kay Robertson endured difficulties during their decades of marriage, including Phil’s struggle with alcohol abuse and eventual return to sobriety. Now, Phil Robertson is a man of God, and Miss Kay is the apple of his eye. In spite of Phil Robertson’s occasionally obtuse generalizations about women – comparing them to labrador retrievers or declaring that all women like romantic tearjerkers – he reveres Miss Kay. He constantly praises her character, her gentleness, and her mothering, and he also affirms the loveliness of her full figure. If Phil Robertson’s adoration is any indication of Miss Kay’s integrity, then she is a fine woman indeed.
As an additional testimony to Miss Kay Robertson’s legacy, her sons also married women of great character.
Real housewives of Duck Dynasty
Korie is married to Willie Robertson, the CEO of Duck Commander. They married just after high school and have five children. She works as the office manager of the family business, and she’s a get-things-done kind of woman. Viewers witness her leadership over church and family events and catch glimpses of her important role in the company. Korie Robertson seems to have a natural instinct for business and marketing.
Korie and Willie Robertson’s daughter, Sadie, also has a prominent role on the show. Sadie navigates adolescent milestones such as learning to drive or attending a school dance, all with the “help” of a protective father and quirky family members. It’s also clear that Sadie Robertson has inherited her parents’ entrepreneurial spirit and passion for ministry, as she has recently debuted a weekly video devotional and hopes to produce a modest clothing line.
Missy is married to Jase Robertson, another one of Phil and Kay’s sons. Missy is very involved in the family and seems to have a playful relationship with her husband. Although the show portrays her as being somewhat high-strung, Missy Robertson seems to be a hard worker, a diligent wife and mother, and a woman of faith.
Jessica is married to Jep Robertson, Phil and Kay’s youngest son, and they have four children together. Jessica Robertson rarely appeared in the first season but she emerged as a more frequent character in the second and third. She seems to have a sweet disposition and is a friend to her fellow Robertson sisters-in-law.
Although Duck Dynasty sometimes defaults to gender stereotypes – i.e. the “citified” daughters-in-law who hate to hunt, or the slacker husbands who want to squander the day fishing and not showering – the characters are both loving and deep.
The women of Duck Dynasty are not wallflowers, subservient doormats, or flat types. Each woman on the show has contours, has a voice, and serves as an important partner to her husband.
Furthermore, the show pushes back against shallow stereotypes of Christian womanhood. The Robertson women are not cookie cutter look-alikes. They’re not all stay-at-home moms, or incredible cooks, or silent submissives.
Korie Robertson is a businesswoman without a knack for cooking or sewing, and Miss Kay wields a gentle yet authoritative power in the family. As the two main female characters, Korie and Miss Kay Robertson are not cut from the same cloth, but each woman has her own strengths, her own areas of influence, and her own expressions of self.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and Miss Kay renewed their wedding vows on Season 4 premiere of the popular A&E reality show.
However, their romance hasn’t always been easy and according to a report in the National Enquirer, at one point, Phil and Miss Kay Robertson were separated for three months and hard-drinking Phil practically abandoned his kids.
When Phil Robertson was a young man in his 20s he leased a gritty dive bar, but when the couple who owned it tried to raise the rent, Phil got into a violent fight with them. He ended up beating them so savagely they had to be rushed to the hospital. Phil Robertson then fled the state.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and Miss Kay renewed their wedding vows on Season 4 premiere
Speaking of the incident at a recent benefit in Dallas, Phil Robertson’s son Willie said: “State troopers were searching for him, so he runs into the woods and lives in the woods for four months running from the law.”
According to the National Enquirer, Miss Kay Robertson – who was just 15 when they tied the knot 49 years ago – sweet-talked the bar owners and they didn’t file criminal charges. But they took out a restraining order against Phil.
When Miss Kay tried to get Phil Robertson to stop drinking, he threw her and their kids out of the house. She then moved into an apartment with the boys. Eventually, Phil Robertson found God and begged her to take him back – and she did.
“You would never guess it from watching the show because Phil and Miss Kay are still so much in love and devoted to each other,” said a source.
“She stood by him when he was drinking and staying out all night, but he came very close to losing everything. Miss Kay was so sick of Phil that she wanted a divorce.”
Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson is not afraid to loudly proclaim his religious beliefs, including their stance against abortion.
A new video surfaced Tuesday of Phil Robertson delivering an impassioned speech slamming abortion.
“From the time you started inside your mother’s womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right,” he said.
“You have the God-given right to live, for crying out loud.”
Phil Robertson continued by holding out a finger.
“You’re this long! C’mon! You have a God-given right to live. And of all places, inside your mother – what in the world happened to us?”
Phil Robertson, a former standout football quarterback at Louisiana Tech, has been an ardent believer since the ’70s. During that time, the Duck Dynasty patriarch “was headed south” – drinking, fighting, mistreating his family. When his wife, Miss Kay, kicked him out, Phil Robertson turned to religion.
Phil Robertson is not afraid to loudly proclaim his religious beliefs, including their stance against abortion
Though Phil Robertson feels free to let loose his opinions in a speech, he told the Wall Street Journal in June that his family purposefully plays down their faith on Duck Dynasty.
“We can’t get into spiritual matters on the show too much,” he said.
“That’s a little much for the production company. They say, you know, it’s not the Pat Robertson show.”
The Robertson family doesn’t hide their beliefs and it’s possible religion will play a greater role this season, with oldest son Alan – a former minister – joining the cast. In fact, before the season began, Alan Robertson said he hoped to spread his message to a bigger audience thanks to the popularity of Duck Dynasty.
Alan Robertson said of leaving his pulpit: “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.”
Duck Dynasty’s matriarch Miss Kay finally got the ceremony she had always dreamed of when she tied the knot with Phil Robertson 50 years ago in a very au courant DIY affair on their expansive rural Louisiana property.
“I guess dreams really do come true,” said Miss Kay Robertson of her vow renewal.
“I feel like I’m living a fairy tale.”
Organizing the wedding was no small task, as the women of the Robertson family recruited their reluctant husbands to do everything from arrange flowers to hang lights.
“The definition of cruel and unusual punishment is hanging out on the river bank while fish are biting and I’m stuck setting up for a wedding that’s 50 years late,” groused Miss Kay and Phil’s son Jase Robertson.
Meanwhile, Phil Robertson’s brother, Vietnam veteran Uncle Si, was charged with the task of distracting Miss Kay and Phil until the ceremony.
“You’re the most integral part of this entire thing,” Willie Robertson’s wife, Korie, told Si, explaining that he had to take the couple off the property while the family prepared the wedding. “Do not come back until 5 o’clock!”
The next day, Si Robertson took Miss Kay and Phil on a rambling “trip down memory lane,” which included a visit to a dilapidated crack house and random firework stand.
“It would be nice if you went down memory lane to run up on something that you remembered,” lamented Phil Robertson.
Si Robertson finally redeemed himself by taking Miss Kay and Phil to a tree where they carved their initials in a tree five decades earlier.
“Seeing that tree just warmed my heart,” said Miss Kay Robertson.
“I can’t believe Si actually remembered that.”
Phil and Miss Kay Robertson make it official, 50 years later
Back at the Robertson compound, the family got busy decorating. The clan’s inscrutable neighbor, Mountain Man, crafted an arbor made of found branches and zip ties. Mason jars lit with candles were hung from branches, while bales of hay were turned into benches, covered with colorful swaths of fabric. The family’s fabled creek set the background, with the water sparkling and looking “like diamonds.”
For the ceremony, Si Robertson served as best man, much to the chagrin of son Willie.
“Those are two words that have never been used together–best man and Si,” Willie Robertson harrumphed.
Phil Robertson justified his decision by pointing out that he and Si had been “running together since he was naked.”
“Thank goodness he’s not naked now,” quipped Willie Robertson.
Miss Kay Robertson was wearing a partial white net veil and cream-colored suit, walked down the aisle, accompanied by her two beloved dogs. As a ukulele was softly strummed, Miss Kay’s daughter-in-law Missy Robertson sang a lilting tune.
Meanwhile, Si Robertson asked his brother Phil if he was nervous.
“No,” he replied.
“Game wardens are the only things that make me nervous.”
Surrounded by friends and family, the ceremony was lead by the Robertson’s eldest, clean-shaven son, Alan, who recently joined the family business after two decades as a preacher in the local church.
“We’ve hauled a lot of fish up this bank, we’ve played baseball under these trees, Si shot a few squirrels out of them as well,” said Alan Robertson, as his parents stood before him.
“We all got baptized in the creek back here behind me. And now, here we are, almost 50 years after you two guys got together, having the wedding that you never had, with four generations of Robertsons looking on.”
Miss Kay Robertson fought her emotions as she looked up to her husband.
“From the time I was 14 years old, I loved you,” said Miss Kay Robertson, steeling herself.
“We’ve been through some good times, and some hard times. I loved you when we were poor, and you were not so nice. Now you’re really nice and kind. And all I can say about that is – I’m not going anywhere. I will love you forever.”
Phil and Miss Kay Robertson’s youngest son was so overwhelmed with emotion, he began crying uncontrollably.
“Jep – keep it together,” one of his brothers hissed.
Meanwhile, the ceremony continued.
“Let’s see, Miss Kay – we’ve been running together since we were teenagers,” said Phil Robertson.
“The old blue Chevrolet, Si in the back. You have cooked me many a good meal. From your loins came four healthy, Godly men. You are my best friend and I love you dearly, and I’m going to be with you for the long haul, until they put me in the ground. Good?”
“Perfect,” beamed Miss Kay Robertson.
Reflecting on their almost five decades together, Miss Kay Robertson observed: “Our marriage is living proof that love and family can get you through anything.”
Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson have five kids: John Luke, Will, Bella, Rebecca, and Sadie.
The eldest Robertson child is also the newest to the family, Rebecca. Rebecca came to the Robertsons as an exchange student from Taiwan, but then became their foster daughter.
Willie and Korie Robertson with their five kids, Sadie, Will, Rebecca, John Luke and Bella
John Luke is the eldest boy and the one who has been on Duck Dynasty most often. We’ve seen John Luke on a date (chaperoned by grandfather, Phil Robertson), playing video games with cousin Cole, and generally hanging around the house during filming.
Sadie’s been right in the middle of Duck Dynasty, too. We’ve seen her cook with her grandmother, Miss Kay, and climb under the house for her granddad, Phil. But, getting driving lessons from Uncle Si provided her most memorable screen time.
Will was the third Robertson child to join the family, adopted at birth before Bella was born and before Rebecca joined the family. Will shows up on camera now and then, but we haven’t heard much from him yet.
And then there’s the youngest, Bella. Let’s hope we get a chance to get to know her on the show, too.
Duck Dynasty Season 4 is set to premiere on Wednesday, August 14.
It was earlier reported the new season will bring with it a new family member: Phil Robertson and Miss Kay’s eldest son, Alan Robertson.
Duck Dynasty Season 4 is set to premiere on Wednesday, August 14
Alan Robertson is a preacher who happens to be clean shaven. The beard-free reverend said he plans to use his role on the massively popular reality show to spread the good news of the gospel.
“Because of my association with the show, I’ll get to minister to a lot more people,” Alan Robertson said.
“Any person that’s an evangelist, that’s what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger.”
Before Season 3 came to a close, there was some concern about whether a Season 4 would see the light of day. Contract negotiations between the Robertsons and A&E reportedly stalled when the cast members demanded raises. But the network must have decided it was worth shelling out the $200,000 each of the Robertsons is said to have demanded. After all, the Season 3 finale caused the show to smash its own record for highest-rated telecast in A&E history with a whopping 9.6 million viewers.
Duck Dynasty Season 3 left off in Hawaii, as Willie Robertson fumbled and bumbled his way through a Robertson-style family vacation. But the clan is back in Monroe, Louisiana, now, doing your average duck hunter things – like having Scotty McCreery perform at a “Redneck Red Carpet” party.
Although the Duck Dynasty family, a close-knit clan who own and operate a thriving duck call and decoy business called Duck Commander, may be in the limelight, there are still a few things you might not know about the Robertsons.
Here’s a list of the top 10 fun facts you didn’t know about the Robertsons – Phil, Miss Kay, Uncle Si, Jase, Willie, Jep and their wives:
1. Jase, Willie and Jep Robertson actually have a fourth brother, Alan (Al). Alan Robertson is the oldest of the bunch, and may make a special appearance in the upcoming Season 4 of Duck Dynasty.
2. Miss Kay Robertson’s favorite meal to make is fried frogs, and apparently there are two ways to cook them. Jase Robertson recommends soaking them in lemon juice first, and Miss Kay says you can fry them or sauté them in butter to make them extra delicious.
3. Phil Robertson recently ran into his old football friend, Terry Bradshaw, at the airport. When the two men attended Louisiana Tech University, Phil Robertson played first string quarterback ahead of Terry Bradshaw.
The self-proclaimed rednecks of Duck Dynasty are everywhere, from the country music awards, to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
4. Contrary to popular belief, the tea Uncle Si always drinks is unsweetened.
5. The Duck Dynasty clan appeared in Darius Rucker’s Wagon Wheel music video, a remake of the popular Old Crow Medicine Show song.
6. Jase, Willie and Jep’ Robertsons wives actually do love their husband’s beards, and prefer them to the “preppy look” the men used to have.
7. In addition to his huge truck seen on the show, Willie Robertson drives a camouflage BMW.
8. Miss Kay isn’t the only “Miss” of the family. Everyone calls the women of the show by their first names, and adds “Miss” at the beginning. It’s the proper Southern thing to do.
9. The Duck Commander warehouse actually has a store in it. People travel from all over to see the Robertsons, and sometimes hundreds of people are lined up outside at a time. The family claims to know which state is having Spring Break based on all the license plates in the parking lot.
10. Uncle Si Robertson’s favorite way to eat dove is with cream cheese, jalapenos and wrapped in bacon, which is probably another Miss Kay specialty.
Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson is Willie’s brother and his polar opposite.
While Willie Robertson enjoys making deals behind the desk, Jase would much rather call the swamp his office.
But he knows he’s gotta earn his keep, so Jase Robertson’s job within the company is to fabricate the duck calls that have made Duck Commander famous. When pressed, Jase Robertson can churn out a thousand new calls in a flash, but he likes to take his time so that Willie doesn’t expect the same performance every day.
Duck Dynasty’s Missy and Jase Robertson
Jase Robertson has more important things than work on his mind, namely, duck hunting. His motto is: “Only three things matter: God, then family, then ducks.”
Jason Silas “Jase” Robertson was born on August 19, 1969 and is in charge of the manufacturing aspects of Duck Commander.
Along with other employees, Jase Robertson tunes the duck calls by hand. Many of Duck Dynasty episodes feature the laid-back, self-professed redneck Jase Robertson doing something to aggravate the gung-ho, business-savvy Willie (such as turning a warehouse cleaning into a ping-pong battle).
Missy Robertson is Jase’s wife. She is often seen helping Korie (Willie Robertson’s wife and her sister-in-law) and Miss Kay (her mother-in-law) with ideas to expand the Duck Commander women’s line.
Missy and Jase Robertson have three children: Reed, Cole, and Mia.
Miss Kay Robertson is the revered matriarch of the family featured in the Duck Dynasty reality show.
Marsha Kay “Miss Kay” Robertson (née Carroway), born December 21, 1950, is Phil Robertson’s wife.
She was 16 when she married Phil Robertson and since then she’s been keeping him and the boys from spending too much time in the woods, bringing them back to civilization each night with a home cooked meal.
Miss Kay Robertson is the revered matriarch of the family featured in the Duck Dynasty reality show
Miss Kay Robertson is the mother of Alan (who previously worked with Duck Commander before becoming a minister but has since returned to the company; he is not featured on the show), Jase, Willie, and Jep. She loves cooking, so she always has her entire family over for a home-cooked meal after a hard day’s work. (The meal setting is featured at the end of each episode, with Phil Robertson praying beforehand and his son Willie talking about the events of the episode).
Miss Kay Robertson believes her cooking talents are a gift which she must share, so she often ends up feeding all of the family and most of the neighborhood. Her most famous dishes are banana pudding, fried deer steak, crawfish pie, and sticky frog legs.
Kay Robertson’s favorite family member is Jesse, the family dog.
But here’s the secret, every time he dies, Miss Kay quickly gets a new puppy that looks just like the one that passed and even gives it the same name. As Miss Kay Robertson puts it, “this way, you never have to grieve.”
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family featured in the Duck Dynasty reality show, is a living legend in Louisiana and is better known by his alias: the Duck Commander.
Phil Alexander Robertson, born April 24, 1946, created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972, and incorporated the Duck Commander Company in 1973.
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family
He may not look like it, but Phil Robertson played first-string quarterback ahead of football star Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech University in the ’60s. They were both drafted into the NFL but Phil Robertson turned it down because it interfered with duck season and he was not interested in having “large, violent… men chasing me trying to stomp me in the dirt”. Instead he stayed in Louisiana, married his high school sweetheart, Miss Kay, built a house down by the river and together they raised four children.
Phil and Miss Kay Robertson have four sons together: Alan (who previously worked with Duck Commander before becoming a minister but has since returned to the company; he is not featured on the show), Jase, Willie, and Jep.
Phil Robertson’s love for the outdoors leads him to create the Duck Commander® Duck Call in 1973, which has gone on to become the most trusted duck whistle ever conceived.
Duck hunting is so important to Phil Robertson that he follows a strict routine of no showering, no shaving, and no clothes washing of any kind during the ten-week season to ensure a bountiful haul.
Phil Robertson is known for his dislike of modern technology (he proudly admits that he does not own a cellphone or a computer) and his concern that his grandchildren are becoming “yuppies”.
All Duck Dynasty’s lovable, sweet tea-swilling couples are anchored by long-standing, rock-solid marriages.
The Robertson couples – from patriarch and matriarch Phil and Kay on down to their sons and daughters-in-law – are definitely having and holding, for richer and for poorer , in sickness and in health, for as long as they both shall live.
Check out how these happily married couples met, long before they were featured on hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty.
Phil Robertson and Miss Kay
The high school sweethearts started dating when Kay was just 14 and got married in 1966 when she was 16. They were practically an old married couple when Phil Robertson attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship; he even started ahead of the now-legendary Terry Bradshaw and turned down an offer to play in the NFL to concentrate on duck hunting.
“They had me there when they first got to Tech, so he was also a little different than the modern athlete,” their oldest son, Alan Robertson, told ESPN.
Phil Robertson and Miss Kay
(Alan Robertson is a minister who is not on Duck Dynasty)
“He already had a family at that young of an age. I think that hunting, some of it was just providing for us. So I think that changed a bit of his attitude and allowed him to walk away a little bit easier, you know.”
Phil Robertson and Miss Kay’s love story hasn’t always been happy, though. In the ’70s, Phil Robertson was “headed south” – running a bar, drinking, getting into fights.
In his autobiography, The Duck Commander Family, son Willie Robertson recounts how his father Phil kicked out his family in a drunken rage, then begged Miss Kay to come back.
“What kept me there? What made me stay with him? It was words my grandmother said: <<One man, one wife, for one life>>,” Kay Robertson told Sports Spectrum.
Phil Robertson turned to religion to change his life, and Miss Kay forgave him. They’re still together more than 45 years later!
Duck Commander Phil Robertson and his wife Miss Kay, the stars of Duck Dynasty, sliced some sweet potato pie and filled their audience in about Clayton Homes.
“What do I know about Clayton Homes?” Phil Robertson asked.
“I know they’re built right here in America.”
“And they know the difference between a house and a home,” Miss Kay added.
So starts the first of what Clayton Homes President and CEO Kevin Clayton said will likely be many commercials that the popular reality TV stars will do for the Maryville-based manufactured home company.
“The kind of people who build our homes and who are our customers are exactly the kind of people they relate to,” Kevin Clayton said.
Clayton Homes has signed an agreement with Phil, Kay and Si Robertson from the popular A&E show.
The deal includes production of a 30-second TV spot that was run in seven markets, a contest in connection with the commercial in which seven winners got to visit the Robertsons in West Monroe, Louisiana, and an appearance by the three stars at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in Tunica, Mississippi.
“We have some other stuff in the works, but nothing we can talk about yet,” said Brian McNew, head of the creative team at JAOPRO, the Knoxville-based advertising company that produced the commercial.
Phil Robertson and his wife Miss Kay sliced some sweet potato pie and filled their audience in about Clayton Homes
Kevin Clayton said the commercial was a test shot that aired in Raleigh, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Charleston, South Carolina, and other markets but not in Knoxville.
Duck Dynasty, which premiered on A&E in 2012, was the network’s most-watched show at its season finale in April. According to the network, the finale drew 9.6 million viewers, breaking ratings records.
The show follows the Robertson family, who built a home-based operation making duck calls into a multi-million-dollar sporting business. The family consists of: Phil Robertson, the patriarch who developed the Duck Commander duck call in 1973; his wife, Kay, the matriarch known for her cooking talents from banana pudding to crawfish pie; his son Willie, who is now CEO of the company; and Willie’s wife, Korie; Willie’s brother Jase; and Phil’s brother Si, who is a bit of a loose cannon in the family operation.
The Clayton Homes arrangement is not with the producers of the Duck Dynasty show, but only with the three cast members, Kevin Clayton said. He declined to say how much the company is investing in its contract with the stars, but believes it will be well worth the price.
“We ran the first commercial in seven markets and the results were off the charts,” he said.
“And we do believe we will receive double-digit results on what we have invested.”
Rogan P. Oliver, director of marketing for JAOPRO, saw two key advantages to a company like Clayton Homes linking its advertising to a reality show like Duck Dynasty.
One is simply the immense popularity of the program. According to network figures, Duck Dynasty Season 3 finale reached 5.6 million people in the 25-54 age demographic, 5.5 million in the 18-49 demographic and 2.6 million people in the 18-34 demographic.
The wide range of viewers gives Clayton Homes a chance to reach people outside its normal market, but Kevin Clayton and Rogan P. Oliver both said the other key advantage is the close match between the demographics of the show and those of Clayton Homes customers.
Duck Dynasty features a close-knit, backwoods family full of colorful characters who get into conflicts, but there are no scandalous situations and no bad language. Members of the show make no bones about the importance of God and family. Each episode ends with the family at the dining table, bowing their heads in prayer.
“The whole thing is the content of the show. It’s just a clean program. You can sit down with your child or your grandparents and you don’t have to worry about the language or anything,” Rogan P. Oliver said.
Kevin Clayton said the values expressed in the program are shared by his company and its customers.
He noted that cast members received a very warm reception when they visited Clayton Homes’ building facility in Savannah, Tennessee, recently.
The employees thought they were getting a visit from Kevin Clayton to mark the completion of their 15,000th home, but were surprised to see Phil Robertson, Miss Kay and Uncle Si as well.
“Phil sat at one end of the table with about 200 of our team members and gave the blessing, just like on the show,” Kevin Clayton said.
The reality stars – who worked hard to build a business and who value family – share much with his customers, too, he said.
“Our customers are hardworking Americans and many live from paycheck to paycheck, but we know what they have accomplished and how hard they work, and we know how important faith and family is to them.”