‘Duck Dynasty’ Star: Show Was Started to ‘Get the Message of God Out There’

'Duck Dynasty' Star: Show Was Started to 'Get the Message of God Out There'

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“It's our faith that catches people's eyes,” Sadie Robertson says

Is “Duck Dynasty” just a big advertisement for the Almighty? At least one of the stars seems to think so.

Sadie Robertson, the teenage daughter of Duck Commander boss Willie Robertson, tells Fox411 that her clan decided to do the A&E reality series in order to spread the word of the lord.

Also read: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Premiere Ratings Drop: Did the Phil Robertson Controversy Hurt the Show?

“When we began ‘Duck Dynasty,’ we weren't starting it for fame,” Robertson said. “We started it to get the message of God out there.”

The 16-year-old also lamented the lack of old-time religion on the small screen lately.

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“We could have easily done a reality show like everyone else,” Robertson noted. “But it's our faith that catches people's eyes because sadly, it's not something we're used to seeing [on TV] these days.”

The series has made no secret of the Louisiana-based Robertson family's faith; episodes typically end with the clan saying grace. However, family patriarch Phil Robertson has complained that the show has edited the name Jesus out of the family's prayer scenes.

Also read: Phil Robertson Supporters Not Satisfied With ‘Duck Dynasty’ Return

“The other thing was when we prayed, we said, ‘In Jesus’ name, amen’ … they would just have me say, ‘And thank you, Lord, for the food, thank you for loving us, amen.'” Robertson told Sports Spectrum late last year. “So I said, ‘why would you cut out in Jesus’ name?'”

Last year, the elder Robertson found himself when he expressed anti-gay views during a GQ interview, lumping homosexuals in with drunks and terrorists and declaring, “They won't inherit the kingdom of God.” Robertson was suspended from the show over the comments, but was quickly reinstated.

The popular series, however, has taken a ratings ding during its current fifth season. The season premiered in January with 8.5 million total viewers, an impressive number that was still lower than the 11.8 million total viewers earned by the Season 4 premiere. The second episode of Season 5 shed nearly another 2 million total viewers.

  • havesomefaith

    There is no God on tv, just sex, murder and drugs. I think its nice to put these people on tv, people need to know God is here for them, people can deny God all they want, but he'll still be waiting if you ever decide you need him.

    • Steve-o Notgivnitout

      the problem for non-believers is that God will ALSO be there a split second AFTER the end of their lives. They may not believe in Him, but the reverse isn't true, or without consequence.

      • D Mock

        I'll take my chances and continue to believe in reality.

    • D Mock

      Their show has nothing to do with god. The only references to god are the fact that they pray. The show is just a giant celebration of spending money on the dumbest things possible.

    • Krishna is My Savioiur

      Yes, Yes, Krishna is always here for us. We need to start showing him on TV!!!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Oh, BS. It was done for money and fame and whatever reason attention whores go on reality shows. It had nothing to do with God.

    • Steve-o Notgivnitout

      …do you know that for a fact, or are YOU just spraying baloney!?

      Or was their group decision to walk away amid the Phil Phlap what sold you on their ‘whorishness'?

  • Steve-o Notgivnitout

    Interesting take on “DD”. They talk to Sadie, mention God and her take on her faith and faith on the show…they finish with PHIL, the ratings downturn and Phil's ‘anti-gay’ remarks.

    Ya’ gotta love that kinda hard hitting journalism!!!

    God forbid that any article, anywhere, EVER mention this family again without getting in a blurb about Phil's personal statement that HE doesn't understand homosexuality.

  • Guest

    Oh, so they think God wants them to be racist bigots? Um….no.

    • billykidwell

      How are they racist or bigots?
      Racist is how everyone ignored two whites from England getting killed by black crack heads, ignored three more whites getting killed in Fort Myers by blacks, and then the whole country when nuts when a black crack head, kicked out of school for stealing and drugs, who had a facebook page saying he wanted to shoot and kill whites, and who attacked a white bus driver just the day before his death, got shot by a security guard in a gated community where he did not live.
      Racist is how America blamed whites for his death when a SPANISH guy shot him.
      Racist is how the President showed pictures of a 12 year old black kid instead of pictures of the REAL six foot tall gold tooth crack head, and said the black crack head could be his son.
      Seems our President really relates to black crack heads and black football players that sell coke, torture dogs, and are felons.
      What happened to the President's white half? All our President feels is hate for whites!
      The Roberson Family is just a famiy with high morals that worked hard all their lives, hit it big with their duck calls, and stuck with their beliefs instead of selling out for TV.
      Their morals are so high their whole family stuck together when their beliefs were attacked.
      If every Black in America can openly hate the white race, and spew hate toward whites, along with our racist President, why can't the Robertson Family express their views?

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      • MRebz121

        Did the blacks in New England get a handshake from the cops and a ride home? no they were arrested and convicted, you idiots and your straw man arguments. Nobody has talked about inter-racial killings. Whites kill blacks and blacks kill whites, unfortunately for blacks they haven't been as good at organizing(militant white supremacist groups outnumber black separatist groups 10-1). Zimmerman was not a security guard and that facebook page you're referring to was a proven hoax and the white wing site that published it apologized. it was a different Trayvon Martin. the one who was shot and killed had no traces of crack, but I understand this is a complete waste of time. You're an old bitter white guy driven mad at the changing face of America, who like Phil, believed times were better under Jim Crow laws or maybe slavery. Luckily as time goes on your generation will continue to die off and lose influence

        • billykidwell

          Well MRebz121 either you are on crack too or you are a racist liar.
          The web page showing Travon is 6 foot tall, has gold teeth, and wanted to shoot whites was NOT a fake site. Post an authority besides your lies.
          Travon was NOT a 12 year old kid like you claim. The media pictures were all false to promote white hate.
          You lies about the White Killings, I LIVE IN FLORIDA!!!! I saw the white tourists from England killed by a black crack head, and the three whites killed in Fort Myers.
          And you racist scumbag liar saying white supremacist groups outnumber blacks!
          There were NO black supremacist groups…there was Black Pathers WITH GUN terrorizing whites, an elderly 80 year old white couple threatened and ran out of their home by black supremacist, there was nothing but White Hate by Racists like you, and you won't even admit…THERE WAS NO WHITE PERSON INVOLVED!!!!
          The neighbor hood watch was SPANISH !
          Yes Travon was not in Miami where he lived because he was kicked out of school, FOR THE THIRD TIME, once for drugs, once for burgery tools, and last for stolen items.
          Face it, people who work for a living, unlike you, are a lot safer with the crack head thief gone. Hell his own mother profited using her dead son to sell T-Shirts she profited off of.
          I'm tired of my tax dollars being used to support racist crack heads above the law who constantly cry discrimination when it is whites that are discriminated against.
          Black have had PRENFERENCE in employment since I was a kid, only blacks are allowed a Black TV Network, blacks have ten times MORE oppoturnitys than whites, far more grants for collect, far more benefits, and are too lazy to use all those chances.
          Hire me because of my skin color, give me free food, free rent, a free check, a free phone, free internet, and constant addition free stuff from thousands of churches, and groups, like the bums receive.
          There is no reason for a whole race to destroy every street neighborhood named after Martin Luther King, for that race to be dealing crack, and selling their sisters, on every street named after Martin Luther King, proving they don't even respect their OWN leaders.
          This country should be colorless, without all those benefits, and lifetime of free stuff, a life of lazyness for a race all because they have a different skin color.
          It is I who wants equality.
          If the crack head that was shot was white not one person would have said anything about the shooting.

          • mrebz126

            shit I was just making that bullshit redneck site up and apparently it's real

          • Lexi Lou

            Hey mrebzzzzzzzz get off the meth/ crack and stop reading your Obama comic books. Everything Billy has said is true.
            Black on white is quite all right, white on black is a racial
            attack. You want it to stay open season on white people; times are changing .

          • mrebz126

            I didn't even vote for Obama, and meth is hillbilly heroin. No murder is alright and blacks get far harsher sentences for the same crime so nobody is letting them off, but stay all twisted up in your hate Lexi

          • mrebz126

            rednecks spit the term crack like it's some evidence of their superiority meanwhile they are blowing themselves up in droves trying to get high off cold medicine. white trash arrogance is hilarious to me

          • Lexi Lou

            For a very simple reason maggot. Crack is the drug of choice for the thug population. If fact, the thug in chief reduced the sentence for crack for no other reason than the BLACKS are filling the prison system to capacity. The sentencing guide line for cocaine (too costly for the thugs to purchase) are different than that of crack, the drug of choice of black culture, thus comes the term CRACK BABY . So, in order to make it fair they are now letting scores of drug dealing, murdering thugs out of prison with time served. They may have had a twenty year federal term to serve, now they are walking free. It would seem that you have some sort on identity problem . I would only guess that you where diddled up the A^%^%SS by a white family member.

          • mrebz126

            the white Republican Governor of Georgia just reduced sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenders. it has nothing to do with the drug you were busted for. Prisons are filled with poor people. Blacks get longer sentences for everything from murder to burglary to drug possession go to the shrimp docks in Tampa if you want to see white crackheads. meanwhile just keep cooking meth please…please

          • Lexi Lou

            It must be hard for you. Whites cannot stand the sight of you and you can't really be black (way too under developed if you get my drift) That kind of makes you a nothing.

          • mrebz126

            ha! 3/4 of my friends are white(and judging by your comment i'm guessing you went black and they wouldn't take your fat ass back) the only thing you have in your life, the only thing you've ever done is being white, so in other words…nothing. you have nothing but your hate and pride in something you had no control over. I pity you

          • Lexi Lou

            You have been watching way too much star trek. Maybe some day your space ship will come in and take you to that place in the stars where you can be free to live life like a DREAM. You are one defective piece of Shit.

          • mrebz126

            good luck with your ignorant comeback, I've already wasted far too much time yelling at brick walls( brick walls being fat rednecks in this instance)

          • mrebz126

            and since I still should have about 50 years of life left, unless I get killed by some black savage of course, I will be here when whites become a minority in this country as we always should have been, and Spanish is the dominant language. Luckily for me I already Habla Espanol

          • mrebz126

            In all seriousness my identity has nothing to do with my skin color or my native language. I have never understood racial pride because I've only ever taken pride in my choices, and being white was not my choice. So frankly I don't give a shit. Minorities band together racially because that's what they've been forced to do to survive, but one day that will end too and we'll all just be humans without any obsession for out tribe, race, or national boundary even. And no, I have a loving family. Many of whom don't agree with my color me human world vision

          • Doreyjo

            We really need to learn how to get along in this country. Especially since we have a Pres. who is an illegal, and hates our country. Please, we must join forces, get rid of the haters, both Black and White, and take back this nation, before it's too late. We must be honest as well, and remember that if slavery, then racism had never been implemented by racist whites, my people would not even be living in this country. Everyone must take responsibility for their contribution to this cause. We are hurting the heart of God with our anger and unrest. Love is stronger than death, but hatred and jalousie are as cruel as the Grave.

          • mrebz126

            and I'm a proud race trader. If it ever came down to having to choose between the blacks I know like my sis-in-law vs. you fucking people. I'd be proud to sell you down the river

          • mrebz126

            yes we white people are doing terrible. I don't know what I would have done without my upper-middle classs home and college educated parents. you obviously get all your information on minorities from the internet. Speaking as someone whose worked in inner city schools in Atlanta and rural mostly poor white schools I can tell you the epidemic is poverty,not race. I taught as many awful poor white kids in the country than I did awful black and Hispanic kids in the inner city. It's also important to mention whites use more entitlements than minorities. Whites in Appalachia use the most. say what you want about affirmative action but as long as people like you are the primary business owners in America it's going to be needed. the first boss I ever had in Georgia refused to hire n*****s as he put it

      • NotAProductOfCousins

        You're racist billy. What happened to President Obama being half white? I'll tell you. When Obama ran the first time he was a multicultural and EVERY race voted for him. When he won, white people titled him “the black” president and only blacks voted for him to put him in office. Btw there is blatant racism overseas towards people of color. I'm sure you know that, right? Furthermore not only are you a racist but you seem to be one of the backwoods, pig loving, cousin kissing, Deliverance living, clueless hicks. President Obama has nothing to do w/ this post. Keep your ignorance to one country.

      • GUEST


      • Dorey

        Please remember that there are Black conservatives who do not hate, WE are Christians, and would love like you do, to see this nasty administration of hatred go away. My father is white and my mother is Black. They were married in 1930 and had ten children. My mom was a praying woman and my Dad was a strong Bible scholar. We did not learn to hate anyone. Please try to remember that we are on a journey to the Kingdom of heaven. Satan is mad and trying to make us weary in well doing. You know, just as I do, that this world is not our home. Don't forget it. We are washed, justified, sanctified, and already glorified. It won't be long. Don't be discouraged. Our Hoy Husband will take us to the father's house and place a banner of love over us, There he will make us his bride, and we shall never part again. Look away to Jesus. He will not fail us. We are one, no matter the color of our skin. We are the true family of God. That is why the world hates us. They are also God haters. I feel sorry for them. Let's pray that God will save all haters and give them a new heart. Let this mind be in you, which is also in Christ Jesus!

    • dvanilla

      What are they racist about?

  • akashyap20

    When a guy with a white beard wearing camo starts talking about god, you probably want to get as far away from him as possible.

    • dvanilla

      Draw near to God and He will draw nearer to you. James 4:8

      • akashyap20

        Well, drawing near to god is fine, but guys with white beards who quote scripture and wear camo are usually up to no good.

  • Lexi Lou

    You are all just haters. If you want to hate someone , let it be the those twisted queers that are destroying our American way of life. God Bless the strait Americans, go phil !

    • mrebz126

      unsurprisingly you misspelled straight

  • Lexi Lou

    Hey mrebzzzz, get a grip on life. Look what happened in Louisville KY. over the weekend, and past several years. Bands of BLACK punk thugs roaming the streets at night beating, stealing, everyone or thing they can find. They are animals, Bad animals and all you want to do is tell us it is our fault. White America had nothing to do with breeding of these little thugs. It's not just Louisville, it is everywhere you go now. They are like the walking dead , gangs of mindless demowits looking for someone to chew up.

    • billykidwell

      Here in Florida black school gangs go in Wal-Marts and riot stealing everything they want.
      Blacks are above the law.

      • dvanilla

        The article is not about blacks it's about Duck Dynasty and how people is starting to hate them for nothing. What does black people have to do with this?

        • billykidwell

          It got sidetracked when people started posting that they were not religious but racist.

  • jean

    For goodness sake grow up this show is great a family that is together and working. It is not about killing people and sex. Because someone says grace you think is wrong. But when you need God you want him to hear you. So many shows are about killing and crazy stuff. This is a family who sticks together and yea made duck calls better then watching a show with a man screaming at people cooking. I think the show is great and hope it continues to go on. You non believers get over yourself!!

    • dvanilla


  • havefaith

    This is a sign that there is now a secular trend in our country. There is now a strong Christian vs. Secular polarization. I'm a Christian, and much hate has been spewed my way recently. I'm just a run-of-the-mill person, not at all powerful like the Robertsons.
    Christians will need to form their own communities, possibly our own country, because we can never see eye to eye with secularists. Our values are different; we want different things. I give the Robertsons credit for sticking with their values, and for wanting to bring Jesus to the American public. We can just bring them the Message. If they reject it, then we can only move on. We may just have to form our own separate community.

    • dvanilla

      You are so correct all we as Christians can do is extend the invitation.

      Revelation 22:17, And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

  • tgooose

    Give me a break. They started this show based on the P.T. Barnum philosophy that there is a “There's a sucker born every minute”. Another famous Barnum quote they live by is “every thing I do and say is to put money in my own coffers”.

  • bamapatroit

    Phil Robertson stated fact gays will not inherit haven. God is a part of there lives. There show should reflect there views. People who are offended turn off. Nobody is forcing you to watch or support them by purchasing there products. When your all gone they will still have a large following they DON'T NEED YOU OR YOUR MONEY.

  • dennisj2777

    I'm sure these are good people basically and I personally don't care one way or the other about the alleged anti-gay remark by the Patriarch, as he is called. I don't watch the show really at all. As far as the messengers of Christianity go, I guess that's up to their fans. Personally, I see them as just a mildly comical family that gets together for meals and says the blessing. Then, they go out and shoot just about any animal that moves and consider it their God given right to do so. It's all part of this new arrogant successful redneck reality TV set of people who delude themselves into thinking that we still live on the frontier and have boundless wildlife populations, or, they don't think at all. I call that ignorance.

  • Starbuks

    The truth is that “if you’re not a born-again- Christian” you
    will not inherit haven. God’s word! We just
    restate the scriptures.

  • deathtoallpoliticians

    nothing like a fully indoctrinated, teenage member of a cult to make me wretch.

  • John Lantz

    It's a humorous Redneck sitcom, soap opera, whatever you wanna’ call it, as it's clearly staged, albeit, with an overall good message. I watch and enjoy it to some extent, but find it about as believable as pro wrestling, relative to the many of the colorful antics that take place. Some truth to what they do, but lots of schtick for sure. As for the moral messages, they are the one thing on the show that are real, and I appreciate it for that.