Drama, friction and fighting.
Missy Robertson, one of the stars of the popular A&E TV show “Duck Dynasty,” said that is what the series' producers initially said they wanted to highlight.
She said the now famous Robertson family of Louisiana met before determining whether to do the show and decided those weren't the aspects of family togetherness they wanted to share with millions of TV viewers.
She said the reason was simple: That isn't the Robertson family's reality.
“Our family got together and realized that our family is based on Scripture and not on fighting,” Robertson told an audience of about 800 people gathered on Monday at Oklahoma Christian University.
She quoted several Scriptures, including Colossians 3:2, “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
“We said that's our reality, and we're not sure that that's going to make a TV show,” Robertson said.
Her keynote presentation included humor, music and video clips from the show, now in its fourth season.
According to wire service reports, “Duck Dynasty” became the most-watched nonfiction series telecast in cable history, with an audience of 11.8 million viewers tuning in for the season premiere in August.
The Robertson family operates a successful duck call company out of West Monroe, La. The one-hour premiere featured Missy Robertson's father-in-law, Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson, renewing his vows with his wife, “Miss Kay.”
The premiere set records in individual demographic categories, with 6.3 million adults ages 25-54, 6.3 million adults ages 18-49 and 3 million adults 18-34, making it the network's most-watched episode in all the key demographics.
Monday, people attending the university's inaugural “She Speaks” women's event laughed at video snippets that showed Phil Robertson as he shared some of his more unconventional views on life in the frank manner he is known for.
“It doesn't get anymore blunt than that,” Missy Robertson said as audience members giggled.
And she said “Uncle Si,” Phil Robertson's younger brother, is indeed as eccentric as he appears on the show.
However, she said both men are faith-full men — Phil Robertson as a man “who thirsts and hungers after the Bible every day,” and Silas Robertson as a kind man who has been married to the same woman for 40 years.
She said the family attends White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe.
‘A novel idea'
Missy Robertson, who is married to Phil Robertson's son Jase, said she thinks the family's modeling of the Christian faith is what keeps viewers coming back to the show.
She said that may have been surprising to some people in the entertainment industry.
“Hollywood is scratching its head. They are calling it a ‘phenomena,'” she said of the show.
“Praying around the dinner table? What a novel idea,” she said, tongue-in cheek.
She said the family did not go around asking for a reality TV show but eventually realized the cable TV series is a God-given platform “not to glorify us but to glorify Him.”
Robertson ended her presentation with several songs, one from her daughter Mia, 10, and another that included her mother, Peggy West, herself and Mia.