Over the course of five years and 11 seasons, the family at the center A&E’s "Duck Dynasty" has become some of Louisiana’s highest profile personalities. Whether sounding off on local politics or topping with charts with a questionable holiday album, the Robertson clan have rode high on celebrity like a hunting boat on the Ouachita River.
Since the show’s debut in 2012, the family from West Monroe, LA quickly made names for themselves apart from their family-operated duck hunting business, Duck Commander.
Taking a cute from the first family of reality TV the Kardashians, the Louisiana clan has expanded their franchise with appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” and spinoff shows like “Jep & Jessica: Growing the Dynasty” and the forthcoming “Going Si-Ral,” focusing on Uncle Si’s attempt to become a country music star. After releasing a “ragin’ Cajun redneck” Christmas album a few years back, the entrepreneurial clan started a music licensing company called, fittingly, 4 Beards Music Group LLC.
Willie Robertson, the third son in the dynasty, has become a figure in local politics over the years. After Republicans encouraged the self-styled “redneck millionaire” to run for Congress in north Louisiana, Robertson openly endorsed Vance McAllister in a bid for the seat. Robertson even served as President Trump's Louisiana hype man for a series of rallies during last year's election. His choice words for the then-aspiring President? "We're both successful businessmen. We both have pretty big shows on television. We both have wives that are 1,000 times better looking than us, so I like Trump."
Patriarch Phil Robertson has drew controversy over the years for his ardent anti-gay beliefs, comparing homosexuality with bestiality in a much-maligned interview that led to his suspension from the show in 2013. Robertson has come under fire again and again, most recently for labeling same sex marriage "evil" and a "depravity" while stumping for Ted Cruz in Iowa in 2016.
With such big personalities and with a focus on their future akin to the precision of hunting waterfowl, there is no doubt that after tonight’s finale episode airs this will not be the last time we see the Robertson clan.
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