When a show runs for 11 seasons, you can be sure that it was a successful one. This is what it was like for Duck Dynasty, which aired on the A&E network. Fans adored the show about the Robertsons and their duck calling empire. Based in Louisiana, the family entered stardom but remain grounded nonetheless. It is easy to dismiss them as the new version of the Beverly Hillbillies, but they do not let it get to their heads. One of the things they are famous for is the lush beards of their men. Imagine their shock when one of their members said it was time to get rid of it!
Jase Robertson is one of the men in the family who got a reputation for his wild bushy beard. He recently told all his fans that he would be getting rid of the facial hair. Many were surprised to hear the announcement but still felt intrigued by what he would look like after the transformation. His own wife felt shocked by the result. Are you prepared to see him without the iconic beard?
The Robertson Patriarch
Phil Robertson is the one who founded the family duck calling business. The patriarch of the family had been a skilled quarterback during his days as a Louisiana Tech student. In fact, he was even offered a roster spot on the NFL. Unfortunately, he decided to turn it down because he wanted to focus on the duck hunting season instead. He began the company in 1973.
Friends With Terry Bradshaw
Phil was a great athlete. In fact, he was good enough to have been picked before Terry Bradshaw during the 1970 NFL Draft. When he was playing for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, he was the first-string quarterback! When asked about this, he said, “Terry went for the bucks, and I chased after the ducks.”
Fame By Facial Hair
For the men of the Robertson family, it was something of a tradition to grow out a beard. It has become a family and business trademark for them. In fact, so many people associate the beard with the family that some could not imagine them shaving it!
The Robertson Family
The focus of the show is this tight-knit family. It all started when Phil Robertson and Miss Kay tied the knot when she was just 15. Together, they have four kids: Willie, Jase, Jep, and Alan. The boys are now all grown up and have started their own families.
A number of the grandkids went on to be big parts of the show as well. Can you believe that Willie’s kid even participated in Dancing with the Stars? The family might be close, but who knows how they would feel about what Jase was planning to do?
Duck Dynasty Dilemma
Are you a fan of Duck Dynasty? If the answer is yes, we bet you already know all about the Duck Dynasty controversy. At one point, Phil did an interview and made several offensive comments. The show got suspended after this. Many think it led to the low ratings of the show and its subsequent cancellation.
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The Funny And Good-Looking One
Jase is the second kid in the lineup. He works as the COO of the family duck hunting business. We bet you thought that he is the most handsome and funniest of the boys when the show was on the air.
A Good Reason
The Robertson men might be fond of their bushy beards, but Jase had a particularly special one. This is yet another reason many people were shocked by his announcement. Luckily, he did this for a noble cause. Do you know what it is?
His Little Girl
Jase is the father of a young girl called Mia. She was born with a condition that led to her cleft lip and palate. This is not a fatal condition, although many people who have this often have difficulties with speech. At any rate, surgery can easily fix this problem. Of course, Jase wanted to make it easier for Mia.
Support From Fans
Mia got an operation to fix her cleft palate and lip back in 2014. His wife Missy felt anxious about this procedure as did Jase. It’s a good thing their loyal followers supported them every step of the way. This was also the reason they decided to launch a foundation for this issue.
The Mia Moo Fund
Jase started to commit to the project. He decided to raise funds for a foundation they wanted to launch as a way to honor their daughter. They named it the “Mia Moo Fund”! It was their pay of doing something for a cause that was personal to them.
Setting Their Goals
They wanted this to work, which meant they had to come up with the funds they needed. That was the reason Jase shaved his beard! As a pledge, he wanted to make a hundred thousand dollars for the cause.
A New Man
A lot of people were excited to hear about the charity effort. However, Missy was thrilled for a different reason. She could not wait to see her husband’s face without the beard after such a long time.
Beardless Robertson Brother
Although the Robertson men generally sported facial hair, there was one of them who did not. We are talking about Al, who went without it. Jase has trimmed his beard several times in the past as well.
People With No Beards
Many Duck Dynasty fans could not help but feel shocked by his announcement. After all, we are talking about a man who once quipped, “There are two kinds of people without beards, children and women, I am neither.” Do you think he still feels this way after everything he did?
Desire To Be Anonymous
This was not a first for the Duck Dynasty star, however. In 2013, he had already been considering doing just that. When the show was ending, he wondered if it was time to cut the beard to get anonymity!
Time To Say Goodbye
There is no way we can deny that his reasons were noble. However, he wanted to think long and hard about it. At last, he knew it was time to do this for his daughter. Who cares how big of a change it was?
A Minor Disadvantage
Did you know that long beards are good when duck hunting? It provides one a natural camouflage. Clearly, it was going to be different for him this time. It was going to be worth the sacrifice, however.
Problems Came With It
The beard may have certain advantages, but it has also given him its fair share of problems in the past. Once, he was subjected to an extra search at the airport. His beard was longer than usual because duck hunting season just ended.
Mistaken For A Caveman
After this happened, people went up to him and asked for autographs. He got to speak to a child, who did not know what Duck Dynasty was. Apparently, this kid thought he was a Geico caveman!
Thanks To The Beard
Jase and the beard he has are both important to the business. You can figure out that he is a hard-working man with his net worth of $10 million. He can afford to retire, but it is not appealing to him!
After The Show
Even though Duck Dynasty is no longer being shown on the TV, it is still possible to see how they are doing using CamoFix. It is his personal platform that he uses to let fans know about what is happening. Aside from that, he also helps out in Christian events and gatherings.
Making The Announcement
It was in June that he let everyone know what was going to happen. His fans were surprised. Jase and Missy also appeared on the Fox morning show to announce it. The final date was September 4.
A New Look
Jase was aware that lots of fans would want to see it as it happens. This is the reason he went on Facebook live while it was going on! Missy was ready to capture every last second of the moment. The barber started to work his magic and fixed Jase’s hair to make it look awesome with the new look.
His fans logged onto the social media network and watched the reality TV star shave off his beard for the first time in a while. Everyone felt nervous to see the end result of his pledge.
Her New Husband
Jase did not look like the same person without the long and bushy beard! His fans were happy, but we daresay Missy was the one most pleased by this. According to her, she started flirting with him more.
Growing It Back
Jase will likely just grow it back when this all blows over, but we still like how it looks on him. Aside from that, he was able to reach the goal he wanted to hit! The entire family was proud of him.
Who would have thought that the Robertson boys used to look so innocent? What a shock! Well, we do not mind all that much because it is much easier to see their handsome faces here.
The Boys Before
Here is another photo that shows you how much they have changed over the years. Jep, Willie, and Jase look like they were trying to think up new ways to create a lot of mischief!
Sergeant Si Sans Beard
Well, well, well. Who would have guessed that Si Robertson was a cleanshaven young man before? If we had no idea who this was, we would never have assumed that this was the same guy from the show!
Marriage Through The Years
As you can see, Missy had not been joking at all. This was the Jase she married. He sure looked very different from the man we have grown to know from the Duck Dynasty show. Wow.
Do you think any of the people you see here had a clue that they were about to make it big in reality TV? The Duck Dynasty stars sure looked different back in the day. The difference is pretty stunning.
Young And Smitten
We bet you want to see more throwback photos of this couple. Well, here you go. They are the very definition of American sweethearts to us. This is truly a great photo – we love it.
We have more photos of them from days long gone. This one was taken when the two of them were on holiday. It might be an old photo, but we are still feeling tropical vibes from it. Awesome.
Phil Of The Past
Here is a rare photo of an angelic Phil. Who would have thought that such a thing was possible? We cannot believe this is the same person we got to know on the show. Old photos are the best.
Even though Phil Robertson likes free speech, there is no acceptable reason for the remarks he made during a GQ interview. He explained, “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.”
Defending His Comments
He was criticized for the statement, so he tried to clarify. However, he only made it worse! Phil said, “We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Look at this great photo! We bet Stan would not like to talk about this if he saw it. The Duck Dynasty star looked like he was ready to make an appearance in an old Eminem music video.
Mischievous Little Kids
When Willie was interviewed, he explained that he and his brothers grew up “rough and tough…it created us to be independent and real confident.” We bet none of them had a clue what was in store for them.
Back In The Day
At the start, Jase did not have high hopes for the TV show. He went on to explain, “We grew up real poor. There were four boys and my parents in a two-bedroom house. So I cannot believe this.”
Willie has also talked about his marriage. He said, “Our marriage has been tested: tons of kids, growing businesses and working with family on both sides. And it’s withstood all that. You either melt and crash or you become strong. We’re strong.”
How about Willie? He has no plans to get rid of his beard anytime soon. He is sure lucky that his wife Korie does not mind this. She did not particularly care about seeing his cleanshaven face.
Making A Killing
Phil Robertson makes a lot of money in the duck hunting industry. He once had the chance to go pro in football but chose his business instead. Well, it sure sounds like Phil made the right call back then!
This is yet another fascinating fun fact about Phil. Isn’t it hard to think of him working outside the field of the duck hunting business? At any rate, he and Miss Kay used to teach at their local high school. Whoa.
As young adults, Kay and Phil Robertson decided to stay in their home state, Louisiana. They lived, worked, and started a family there. It seems like this was yet another good decision on their part. Nice.
The Beginning Of The Beard
Phil began to grow out his beard when the boys hit their teens. After he first did it, he never shaved it off ever again. After the boys finished high school, they also grew out theirs. A tradition was born.
High School Kid
Just like his dad, Willie had been a great athlete. His preferred sport is basketball, however. He has since become the CEO of their duck hunting business. His net worth stands at $25 million. Sweet!
A Winning Yearbook Smile
Korie has once said that Bella, their youngest child, has yet to see Willie without his long beard. It does not seem like it will happen soon, however. She will have better luck going through his yearbooks.
Passing It On
Willie did not take on the CEO position until the children were older. Do you see those dimples he is now hiding behind his bushy beard? It might be obscured now, but Sadie and John Luke inherited them!
Family Photo Fun
Jase and Missy started their relationship when they were in high school. This is clearly true love. In the first photo, they look pretty young. In the other one, the kids were already around. Lovely photos!
Missy Robertson’s Mission
We do not think that a lot of people are aware of the charitable nature of the Robertson family. For one, Missy is an advocate for women who are dealing with problems like sex trafficking, addiction, and homelessness.
Korie and Willie met when they were third graders. Korie recounted, “We were together probably three months before we started talking about it, and then we got married within a year — I was 18 and he was 19. No one was pregnant!”
Unwinding With Uncle
Sadie Robertson took to Tumblr to post this old photo. This shows her with her uncle Jep! Not long after that, it started to make rounds online. The Robertsons have many fans, but she is especially famous.
Doing It Right
Willie has a son by the name of John Luke. The younger man has decided he would be growing out his beard too. We daresay that he looks a lot like his father in the photo below.
Tying The Knot
He actually tied the knot with his girlfriend of several years. The wedding between him and Mary Kate saw around 700 guests! Whoa. They married on the family farm, which is a sweet thing to do.
We might like the Duck Dynasty stars, but let us admit that they do not have the best fashion sense. In fact, Jase got kicked out of the Trump International Hotel because they mistook him for a homeless guy.
Jase admitted that he had doubts about the show before: “I was one of the ones who said the reality show would never work…We were in the hunting world. I had this perception of reality shows that you had to have all this friction and fits of rage and four-letter words…We’re pretty calm compared to that…We’ve got some crazy characters in our family — but I didn’t think people would want to see that.”
Supporting The POTUS
Back in 2016, Willie did not shy away from letting people know about his political affiliations. He was a huge supporter of the Republican candidate. We bet he was thrilled when President Donald Trump won the race.
Supporting The Military
Jase Robertson respects the people in uniform. He posted this photo on Instagram. It shows him with a number of military personnel. The caption said, “Hanging out with USA’s finest during airport weather delay. #thanksforyourservice.”
Meeting Barack Obama
Willie and Korie Robertson got an invitation to attend the 2013 White House Correspondent’s dinner. They got the chance to meet the 44th President himself! Apparently, Obama is a Duck Dynasty fan. How cool is that?
Korie and Willie Robertson happen to be friendly with Eric and Lara Trump. In 2016, the Robertsons donated to the Trump campaign. Do you think Eric can grow out a beard like his friend can?
Al The Wild Child
True enough, Al is the only one in the family who refused to sport a beard. It is not because he is a conservative person, however. Quite the contrary! Maybe it was a sign of rebellion on his end?
Just last year, the entire clan had grieved the loss of a family member. As we all know, they all have a tight bond. They never failed to support each other when the going gets tough.
Welcome To Robertson Row
Nearly everyone in the family resides in what they call the “Robertson Row”. It was a cul-de-sac they called their own. Of the eight houses there, the siblings occupy four. The others are for extended family members and family friends.
A Sad Day
John and Chrys Howard, Korie’s parents, reside in one of the spare houses. In the past, they have appeared on the show themselves. Fans know they are supportive grandparents and parents. Sadly, their cousin died after battling cancer.
Chrys and the Robertsons have been friends for quite some time by now. She decided to pay tribute to her cousin with an Instagram post. The caption said, “This past week one of my cousins, Glenn Durham, lost his battle with cancer and gained his heavenly reward.”
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs made a tribute for two former quarterbacks in September 2013. We are referring to Terry Bradshaw and Phi Robertson! The old friends finally reunited and snapped this cool photo. What a great shot.
Jep and his spouse Jessica like camouflage a lot! As a matter of fact, Jessica even took to Instagram to post this photo. The caption read, “Talk about a #tb pic…. seriously!!!!!! Anyone else love camo this much???”
Willie is another big camo fan. He does not only dress in the pattern on the regular, but he also got his convertible custom-painted in camo! Whoa. We have never seen a BMW convertible like this one.
Jase earned a bit of a reputation on Duck Dynasty. He was a fan favorite, although we do not know if this is because he is “a frog’s worst nightmare” or because he can speak “Duckinese”. At any rate, fans continue to love him despite the fact that the show is over!