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 Si Robertson opened up to LifeWay Christian Resources about his faith and the reason he and the rest of the Robertson family have found success.
Uncle Si has a propensity for stretching the truth during his stories on the reality TV show. However, when he sat down with LifeWay for two exclusive video interviews, he was serious about what Christ can do – as serious as he can be.
“A lot of people say, <<Hey, God doesn’t have a sense of humor>>. Yes, He does. God has a great sense of humor. Look at me. Look at Phil. Look at Willie. Look at Jase,” Si Robertson said with a laugh, referring to other members of the Robertson family.
“God has taken four guys that look like five miles of muddy road and made them famous in the TV world.”
In preparation for the September 3 release of his new book Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle, Si Robertson attributes the success of their business and TV show to God.
In preparation for the September 3 release of his new book, Si Robertson attributes the success of their business and TV show to God
“[People] ask us all the time, <<How did you become so successful?>> That would be one answer: The Almighty is the one who has made this a success,” he said.
A video interview released by LifeWay last spring with Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson went viral with almost 4 million views.
While Si Robertson has experienced God in his success, he also sees God as the one who is there during difficult moments.
“I wonder when people run into bad times, when they go to the doctor and they find out, <<I’m dying of cancer>>, and they don’t believe in God, who do they turn to?” Si Robertson asked.
“We are all mortal. We are all going in that grave,” he continued in the first of two short video interviews at LifeWay.com.
“There ain’t but one way you gonna beat it.”
For Si Robertson, above all the success and fame, the Gospel is the most important thing in his life.
“Like Phil always tells them, <<If you’ve got something to offer me better than I just shared with you, I’m all ears>>,” Si Robertson said.
“[Jesus] beat the grave and He promises you that since He beat it, if you believe in Him, He’ll make you beat it.”
In the second two-minute video, Si Robertson gives his own apologetic for believing in the resurrection of Christ: spring.
“In the winter, things are dead and dull, but then there is an explosion of life,” Si Robertson said.
“That’s what He promises people who believe in His Son. That’s what all the Robertsons are banking on.”
Duck Dynasty‘s bearded hunters adorn the top-selling graphic T-shirt at Walmart.
“You might have wondered if women would wear a T-shirt with bearded men on the front,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, Walmart’s chief merchandising and marketing officer.
The answer is yes, he added.
In fact, A&E Network’s reality series has become a gold mine for Walmart, and both companies are looking to take advantage of the show’s success with a major expansion of its licensing empire.
The Duck Dynasty franchise is represented in six Walmart departments, including apparel, home goods and sporting goods, but there are plans to expand to 13 departments by the holiday season, said Kate Winn, senior VP-consumer products at A&E Networks.
While there’s the obvious – sporting goods, apparel and DVDs – Duck Dynasty is rolling out some more-unusual merchandise: Halloween costumes for dogs complete with beards and camo gear, along with antibacterial bandages.
Duck Dynasty‘s bearded hunters adorn the top-selling graphic T-shirt at Walmart
Walmart has also introduced the bandages, which come with camouflage decorations and feature sayings from members of the Robertson family, the colorful bayou entrepreneurs, such as: “If you’re too busy to duck hunt, you’re too busy.”
Pointing to a display of the bandages during a store tour for media in Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart President-Health and Wellness John Agwunobi said it’s part of a “longstanding relationship” with Duck Dynasty that’s been successful in other categories.
“Walmart has responded to the program because it is a show the entire family can watch and is wholesome entertainment, which isn’t prevalent on TV right now,” Kate Winn said.
Before they achieved cable-TV fame, the Robertsons, owners of West Monroe, Louisiana-based Duck Commander, were suppliers to Walmart for several years, producing duck-hunting VHS tapes sold in the stores with their phone number included.
For years, the Robertsons would shave their beards before annual trips to see buyers in Bentonville, until a few years ago they decided to keep them when making the trip, a Walmart spokeswoman said.
Duck Dynasty merchandise is also available at national retailers like Kohl’s, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s.
Kate Winn said there’s an apparel deal in the works at Kohl’s, with merchandise set to hit shelves in the fall.
Duck Dynasty drew 11.8 million viewers Wednesday night on A&E, the largest audience ever for a nonfiction telecast on cable television.
That total, which included 6.3 million viewers in the advertiser-preferred demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds, built on the high ratings won in April, at the conclusion of Season 3, when the audience reached 9.6 million.
The series follows the travails of the Robertson family of West Monroe, Louisiana, and their company, Duck Commander, which makes duck calls for hunters. The show mixes commerce, family life, the great outdoors and beards suitable for members of the band ZZ Top – sported by the patriarch of the family, Phil Robertson, and three of his sons.
Duck Dynasty drew 11.8 million viewers Wednesday night, the largest audience ever for a nonfiction telecast on cable television
“The Robertsons represent a lot things we as Americans cherish,” said David McKillop, the general manager and executive vice president of the network: “self-made wealth, independence, three generations living together.”
Though a reality show, David McKillop said Duck Dynasty fits nicely with the themes of classic family television.
“When the show came in, the direction I gave: This is not a hunting show, make this like <<The Waltons>>.”
Duck Dynasty’s popularity extends beyond TV. At a recent Walmart meeting, the company announced that Duck Dynasty T-shirts were the best sellers in its men’s, women’s and boys’ sections.
Wednesday’s episode, the premiere of Duck Dynasty Season 4, followed the Robertson children as they planned a wedding ceremony for Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay, who were married 48 years ago by a justice of the peace.
It also added a new character to the show: Beardless Robertson Male, Alan Robertson. He is Phil and Miss Kay’s eldest son, a minister who performed the wedding.
With its nearly 12 million viewers, Duck Dynasty eclipsed the veiwership totals of other intensely popular reality shows like Jon & Kate Plus 8, which in 2009 drew an audience of 10.6 million viewers to hear Jon and Kate Gosselin confirm that they were splitting up.
The conservative Louisiana family returns tomorrow night for Season 4 of their mega-hit A&E reality show Duck Dynasty.
The last time we the Robertsons was in April, when their Season 3 finale broke records for A&E, pulling in 9.6 million viewers to become the most-watched show in its history.
“It’s amazing how appealing these people are all over the country,” says Elaine Fontain Bryant, A&E’s senior vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming.
“We really haven’t come across many people who don’t love them.”
The Robertson family, which became millionaires selling duck calls – the whistles blown to flush out ducks – has proven to be popular even outside of reality TV.
Duck Dynasty returns tomorrow night for Season 4
They currently have two books on the New York Times bestseller list – Phil Robertson’s memoir Happy, Happy, Happy and Willie and Korie Robertson’s The Duck Commander Family – and three more books due out this fall, including another memoir, a devotional book and a cookbook.
The Duck Dynasty stars have got a Christmas album coming out in October, a theme cruise setting sail next summer (which is already sold out) and a line of prom dresses inspired by Sadie Robertson.
As if TV, books, music, travel and fashion weren’t enough, some Republicans are itching for Willie Robertson, the star of the show and CEO of the family business, to run for political office. An outside advisor to House GOP leadership told the Washington Examiner yesterday they hope for Willie Robertson to run for the 5th District Congressional seat left open by the exit of Louisiana Republican Rodney Alexander.
Of the tidal wave of fame, straight-shooting patriarch Phil Robertson tells The New York Post: “Our greatest fear is that we come out on the other side of this thing acting like Charlie Sheen.”
Duck Dynasty Season 4 premieres on Wednesday, August 14, at 10/9C on A & E.
Duck Dynasty‘s patriarch Phil Robertson may soon be ready to hang up his hunting whistle for good.
In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Phil Robertson hints that he’ll likely leave the A&E hit reality show in the not-too-distant future.
Asked how much longer he plans to be involved, the Duck Commander founder replies: “Not long.”
But that doesn’t mean the series will end.
“I think it’ll go on without me,” Phil Robertson muses.
Since its premiere in the spring of 2012, Duck Dynasty has accumulated millions of fans, many of whom flock to the Robertson family’s Duck Commander warehouse just to catch a glimpse of the stars.
In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Phil Robertson hints that he’ll likely leave the A&E hit reality show in the not-too-distant future
“I told Missy, my wife, the only person I’d stand in line for is God Almighty,” Phil Robertson’s son Jase tells Parade.
“<<You made the universe? All right, I’ll get in line!>>”
Jase Robertson appears on the show with his father, Uncle Si, and brothers Willie and Jep, all of whom have long, full beards. But come August, when Season 4 premieres on A&E, there will be another face on the show – eldest brother, clean-shaven Alan, who recently rejoined the business.
Doing the show has brought the family “a whole lot closer,” Willie Robertson tells Parade.
“It’s probably the opposite of most reality shows. And nobody gets a big head because we’re all doing it together.”
In fact, fame doesn’t seem to have changed the group much at all. While some episodes feature situations suggested by producers, Jase Robertson insists they never do anything out of character.
“They come up with ideas, but I get to be myself in those ideas,” he tells Parade.
“One day when we were gonna play golf, a wardrobe person brought me a pair off knickers,” he recalls.
“I guess they thought that would be funny. But I don’t wear knickers. They said, <<A&E wants you to>>. I was like, <<I don’t care!>>”
Willie Robertson sensed the show could be good for business, but he had one hesitation: the name, Duck Dynasty.
“I thought, <<That sounds like a Chinese food place!>>” Willie Robertson quips.
Scotty McCreery is joining the Duck Dynasty cast on Duck Commander Cruise in just one year’s time.
American Idol winner Scotty McCreeryconfirmed exciting news on his Twitter account.
“So here’s the news ya’ll,” started the 19-year-old.
“I’ll be joining the @DuckCruise with @DuckDynastyAE next summer! Gonna be tons of fun! Come out and sail with us!”
The reality series on A&E follows the lives of the Robertson family who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander, which is located in Monroe, Louisiana, and makes products for duck hunters.
Spinning off of the successful reality series, the Duck Commander Cruise hosted by the Robertsons allows fans to “get up close and personal” with the entire cast on a four-night cruise of the Caribbean.
Scotty McCreery recently took time to perform at the Sweet 16 birthday party of Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson
Scotty McCreery’s announcement about joining the cruise comes as no surprise. Despite embarking on his very first headlining tour, the singer recently took time to perform at the Sweet 16 birthday party of Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson.
While at the Robertson home, Scotty McCreery also went off-roading with Sadie’s brother John Luke Robertson and sampled the cooking of their grandmother Miss Kay Robertson, according to Country Weekly.
It was through Twitter that Scotty McCreery struck up a friendship with Sadie Robertson.
“The first time I met Sadie and John Luke was at the Opry in Nashville,” Scotty McCreery explained to Country Weekly.
“I saw her tweet that said she was in Nashville, so I said, <<Hey, you want to come to the Opry?>> I’ve watched the show since season 1 and we had exchanged tweets before.”
Meanwhile, Scotty McCreery’s album Clear As Day has solidified the singer in the country music world. The album went platinum last year and has landed the singer on Billboard’s Top New Country Artists list.
Duck Commander Phil Robertson and his son Alan will be at Saddleback Church on July 20 and 21 to discuss how following Jesus has changed their lives as part of the megachurch’s Follow Me series.
The sermon series has brought influential American preachers and leaders to the Southern California church to share their experiences as disciples of Jesus Christ. Phil and Alan Robertson’s message to the church will align with the topic of following God and will feature their take on being a believer.
Alan Robertson, who will lead the sermon, is the senior pastor at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in Louisiana and recently decided to join his family as the newest cast member for Duck Dynasty Season 4 that will premiere on August 14. He recently told the New York Post that his intention is to spread the Gospel beyond the members of his own congregation.
“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 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.”
Duck Commander Phil Robertson and his son Alan will be at Saddleback Church on July 20 and 21 to discuss how following Jesus has changed their lives
Duck Dynasty has reached a wide fan base ranging from outdoorsmen to Christians, and its ratings beat out American Idol during its third season, which broke the network’s viewer ratings. Oftentimes, the cast members display their Christian beliefs in the episodes and are seen at the end of each program engaging in prayer.
Throughout the course of three years, the Robertson family has gained fame, and plenty of attention since their show began, which is something that Alan admitted he may not be fully prepared for.
“My children are grown, but all of my brothers’ children are teenagers now, so how is this crazy world going to impact them?” he told the Post.
“We think about John, Luke and Sadie, who are such a big part of the show and they’re teenagers, you know? They need to be just normal teenagers. We pray about that.”
Along with the success of their reality show, the family has become a household name through other ventures as well.
Phil Robertson released a new book earlier this year, Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, in which he details his life, including his wild early years and his take on parenthood, God, and of course, duck hunting. Other members also have books on the market, including Miss Kay Robertson, the matriarch of the clan.
If fans still cannot get enough of the Duck Dynasty crew, they will have the opportunity to vacation with them on the Duck Commander cruise during a four-night sail to the Caribbean next summer. Country star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will also join the cruise to provide onboard entertainment.
Duck Dynasty has been a huge hit for the A&E network, but it doesn’t stop there.
According to an article posted May 27 by E! Online, the Duck Dynasty guys are teamed up with Hallmark to make a line of greeting cards. The cards have been made specifically for Father’s Day, which was on June 16. The cards appeared in various Wal-Mart stores on June 3.
The Duck Dynasty guys teamed up with Hallmark to make a line of Father’s Day greeting cards
The Robertson family has A&E viewers falling in love with them each week. While they are reality stars, their attitudes have not changed since beginning the show three seasons ago. The Season 3 finale aired on April 24, and 9.6 million viewers tuned in. The men are currently shooting the Season 4, but have taken time out of their busy schedules to create three separate greeting cards for dad’s to receive on their special day.
The Duck Dynasty craze is sweeping through households everywhere. You can catch the Season 4 premiere on A&E. The new season will premiere on Wednesday, August 14.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty is an American hunting enthusiast, businessman and reality television star with a net worth of $5 million.
Phil Alexander Robertson, 67, is the patriarch of the Robertson family which owns and operates multi-million dollar hunting accessory company Duck Commander.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty is an American hunting enthusiast, businessman and reality television star with a net worth of $5 million
He attended Louisiana Tech where he was the starting quarterback and star of the football team.
Phil Robertson actually started ahead of future NFL hall of famer Terry Bradshaw. Upon graduation Phil Robertson had the option to play football professionally but declined because he didn’t want to miss duck hunting season.
In 1973 Phil Robertson invented the Duck Commander Duck Call which eventually became the gold standard duck whistle among professional hunters. He owns and operates the business alongside his four sons, and wife Kay who have all helped turn Duck Commander into the multi-million dollar business it is today.
The Robertson family and their business are so popular that they now have their very own reality show on A&E called Duck Dynasty.
During the 10 week duck hunting season, Phil Robertson has a tradition of not showering or shaving ever to bring him luck.
Si Robertson is a Vietnam War veteran staring A&E’s newest hit reality TV series Duck Dynasty.
Duck Dynasty reality show follows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander, operated in West Monroe, Louisiana, which makes products for duck hunters.
The Robertson men, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons – Jase, Willie, and Jep -are known for their long, flowing beards.
Silas Merritt “Si” Robertson, 64, is the younger brother of family patriarch Phil Robertson, 66, who was the original inventor and founder of the Duck Commander company.
Si Robertson, born 1948, June 3, retired from the army in 1993 and went to work full time for Duck Commander where he designs the reeds that are inserted in every patented duck call. It’s a pretty easy job, made needlessly difficult by the fact that Si Robertson can never seem to stay on task.
Si Robertson is married for many years to Christine, who isn’t featured on the Duck Dynasty reality show
On Duck Dynasty, Si Robertson can be seen with his nephew Willie and the entire Duck Commander family. The show entered in second season in the fall of 2012 and is one of the networks most popular new reality programs.
The Vietnam vet is known for his constant use of the phrase “Hey!” and that he often shares his war stories with the guys, which usually gets the crew behind schedule, much to Willie’s dismay. Uncle Si’s most famous story is that while serving in Vietnam, his mother sent him a blue plastic mug. Thirty years later it’s still hanging from his back pocket and he continues to only drink from this cup, every day.
Si Robertson is married for 43 years to Christine, who isn’t featured on the show. Everybody expected to see Christine Robertson on Duck Dynasty Season 3, which premiered on February 27, 2013. It is certain that if Christine Robertson is Uncle Si’s wife, she also by default has to be an entertaining person. Even just as Miss Kay’s sister-in-law, Christine Robertson could add another special touch to the show. However, maybe she only wants to remain behind the scenes, which would be understandable too.
Si Robertson has a net worth of $2 million.
Duck Dynasty Season 3 finale will aired on April 24.