ParentsPhil Alexander Robertson, born (1946-04-24) April 24, 1946
Marsha Kay "Miss Kay" Robertson (née Carroway), born (1951-07-03) July 3, 1951
The family patriarch and creator of the Duck Commander duck call. He was a standout quarterback at Louisiana Tech (actually starting ahead of future Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw) and was contacted by the Washington Redskins after his junior year. He chose instead to quit football because it interfered with duck hunting season.
Phil graduated from Louisiana Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and later received a Masters of Arts degree in Education via night classes while working as a schoolteacher. Phil went through a "dark period" while running a bar that led to his separation from his wife. It was at this low point he reports that he found Christ and reconciled with his wife. It was then that he invented his duck call, and founded the Duck Commander Company in 1973.
Phil is known for his dislike of modern technology, calling himself "a low-tech man in a high-tech world," and his concern that his grandchildren are becoming "yuppies". At the end of each episode, the family is shown at the dining table, usually with Phil praying over the meal.
Kay Robertson (née Carroway) married Phil on January 11, 1966. She is usually addressed as "Miss Kay" by her husband and sons. Kay married Phil at age 14. She is the mother of Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep. She loves cooking and often has her entire family over for a home-cooked meal after a hard day's work.
Phil and Miss Kay's third son, and CEO of Duck Commander. Willie has a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance from NE Louisiana University, with an emphasis on Business. He took Duck Commander from a family business to a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his wife Korie have six children.
Son of Willie and Korie, and the second-oldest child of the family after Rebecca. He attended Ouachita Christian School and is currently enrolled at Liberty University.
Mary Kate is John Luke's wife. Mary Kate and John Luke were married on June 28, 2015. She also attends Liberty University and studies Women's Leadership.
The foster daughter of Willie and Korie, and the eldest of their six children. The family originally were Rebecca's host when she was an exchange student from Taiwan and have since adopted her as their own. After completing a two-year fashion internship in Southern California, she returned home to West Monroe and opened a clothing boutique. She married her fiancee, John Reed Loflin, in Mexico on December 3, 2016.
The daughter of Willie and Korie, who attended Ouachita Christian School. Her graduation is shown in Season 10.
Adopted son of Willie and Korie; sometimes referred to as "Lil' Will." He attends Ouachita Christian School and plays football.
Daughter of Willie and Korie.
Adopted son of Willie and Korie.
Phil and Miss Kay's second son. Jase is in charge of the manufacturing aspects at Duck Commander. Along with other employees, Jase tunes the duck calls by hand.
The eldest child and first son of Jase and Missy, who attended Ouachita Christian School, playing football and baseball. His graduation is shown in season six. He is currently attending Harding University, and is married to Brighton Thompson. He started a music career in Nashville.
The second son of Jase and Missy, who attended Ouachita Christian School, and played baseball. His graduation is shown in Season 10.
The youngest child and only daughter of Jase and Missy. She was born with a cleft lip and palate and, as of the end of Season 9, has had six surgeries to correct it.
Phil and Miss Kay's youngest son, who films and edits DVDs of the Robertson family's duck hunts. He is often seen at Duck Commander and at family dinners. Jep and Jessica have five children. They introduced the newest addition to their family, an adopted son they named Jules Augustus (nicknamed "Gus"), on the premiere of their spin-off series Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty on January 20, 2016, which had an audience of more than two million. The second season premiered on February 22, 2017.
Phil and Kay's eldest son, who left the family business to become a preacher, but rejoined the family both doing public relations at Duck Commander and appearing on the show since season four. He wanted to join the show to spread the Word of God to more people. Alan married Lisa Robertson, (née Gibson) on November 9, 1984, and is the only adult male in the family without a beard.
Phil's brother (born August 18, 1948); a Vietnam War veteran, and uncle to Phil and Miss Kay's four sons. Si works at Duck Commander; making the reeds that go into every duck call. Si is known for his storytelling, and his constant use of the expressions "Hey!" and "Jack" (which ends many of his sentences), and for his ever-present green Tupperware cup, (which his mother sent him while he was stationed in Vietnam); ever-filled with iced tea. Si retired from the Army in 1993 with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7). Robertson is recognized for his military career with an exhibit at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. Si has been married to Christine for 48 years — she, however, has declined to appear on the show. He and his wife Christine have two children, Trasa and Scott. They have not appeared on the show.
Si also appears in the show's second spinoff Going Si-Ral, in which Si studies the Internet.
ChildrenJohn Godwin – An employee at Duck Commander since 2002, mainly building duck calls, managing supplies, and overseeing the shipping department as well as being the decoy technician.
Justin Martin – An employee of Duck Commander, who is often given grief over his large figure.
Mountain Man (Tim Guraedy) – A neighbor who operates his own air-conditioning repair business, and co-hosts a local radio talk show on KXKZ.
Jimmy Red (Jimmy Gibson) – An old friend of Phil, Miss Kay, and Si; referred to as "Red" by Phil (3 episodes; seasons 1 & 2)
An hour-long Christmas special premiered on December 5, 2012 as the season two finale and became (at the time) the most-watched A&E episode in the network's history.
The February 27, 2013, the season three premiere tallied 8.9 million viewers, including five million in the adults 25–54 demographic and five million in adults 18–49 demographic, making the premiere (at the time) the most watched series in network history, beating the season two finale. The one-hour season three finale (shown on April 24, 2013) tallied 9.6 million viewers, with 5.6 million in the Adults 25–54 demographic and 5.5 million in the Adults 18–49 demographic, making it the highest rated telecast in A&E history.
On August 14, 2013, the season four premiere drew a total of 11.8 million viewers, an increase of 37% vs. the season three premiere, drawing 6.3 million viewers in the Adults 25–54 demographic, making it the most watched nonfiction series telecast in cable television history. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fourth season averaged 9.4 million viewers. Ratings declined after Phil Robertson's controversial GQ interview.
Duck Dynasty topped the list of celebrity/pop culture-themed costume searches on Yahoo! in October 2013, according to data compiled by Yahoo Web trend expert Carolyn Clark. As of October 17, 2014, the show has averaged 8.3 million viewers for 2014. According to an October 2014 release from E! Online, the majority of the series's Facebook audience is Republican. In 2016, The New York Times reported that Duck Dynasty "is the prototypical example of a show that is most popular in rural areas. The correlation between fandom and the percentage of people who voted for Mr. Trump was higher ... than it was for any other" of the 50 shows with the most Facebook Likes. It was most popular in rural Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and least popular in the Northeast US.
In 2012, Phil Robertson stated on Sports Spectrum, a Christian sports publication, that he confronted producers about editors of the show telling them not to say Jesus' name while praying at the end of episodes, and that they added intermittent bleep censors over random portions of the cast's unscripted dialogue although there was no profanity being spoken. Robertson cited the issues as part of what is often called "spiritual warfare", that there was no swearing that needed to be edited out, and the prayers were being censored to avoid offending non-Christian religious people. A&E did not comment on the claims.
On December 18, 2013, A&E announced that it was suspending Phil Robertson from the show indefinitely over remarks he made during an interview with Drew Magary (GQ Magazine) which had attracted outside criticism. During the interview for a featured article in GQ's January 2014 issue, titled What the Duck?, Magary asked Robertson: "What, in your mind, is sinful?" Robertson replied: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
A&E stated they were "extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty". He said he is a "product of the '60s" but has since lived his life on Biblical principles. He added: "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."
The Robertson family released a statement about A&E's decision, supporting Phil and saying that while some of his comments were "coarse," his beliefs are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." In the first public interview since the GQ interview, Robertson stood by his words and said:
"Jesus will take sins away. If you're a homosexual, He'll take it away. If you're an adulterer, if you're a liar, what's the difference?"
Robertson's remarks were reported in the media, with reactions split. Many social conservatives, including his corporate sponsors, some religious groups, and some Republican politicians including Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee, supported his right to such opinions. Robertson faced significant opposition from individuals viewing his comments as anti-gay and bigoted.
In response, Cracker Barrel removed some Duck Dynasty products. The products were replaced after one day after a public outcry. United Press International reported that A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc had received death threats for the decision to suspend Robertson indefinitely.
On December 27, A&E reversed Robertson's suspension. The network cited Robertson's and the family's regret for the use of "coarse language" in regards to discussing body parts, and stated that A&E would launch a public service announcement across the channel's "entire portfolio" that would promote "tolerance and acceptance among all people." A Human Rights Campaign representative saw the reinstatement as a positive step and said they had been assured that "the Robertson family is now open [...] to address the real harm that such anti-gay and racist comments can cause."
CNN said the controversy showed that a culture war was at play, in part because of what GLAAD characterized as "offensive depictions of minorities" in public discourse. Republican Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and others, mostly conservatives, noted the issue as a First Amendment right to free speech, while others said that the First Amendment did not apply.
The Robertsons appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Scheduled musical guest Morrissey canceled because he objected to being on the show with those he called "animal serial killers". The band Churchill filled in for Morrissey. Phil Robertson responded, saying, "Whoever he is, I don't hold it against him." They made a parody video where they sold a carrot call, instead of a duck call, to call wild carrots to jump straight into their mouths. The Robertsons have appeared on Conan, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Today, Katie, The Wendy Williams Show and 700 Club. Willie Robertson appeared on FNC's The Five on August 13, 2013.
The Robertsons guest-starred on the season three premiere of Last Man Standing. Members of Duck Dynasty are featured in the music video of the No. 1 country song "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker.
Si Robertson lent his voice and personal appearance to the VeggieTales video, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, in which he narrates the video and appears as an okra mall janitor.
Sadie Robertson has performed on various episodes of Dancing With the Stars. Other members of her family appeared on one episode as well.
On June 10, 2013, it was announced that the family was working on a Christmas album. Titled Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, it was released on the UMG Nashville label on October 29, 2013.