Looks like the Robertson family’s united front might be as real as their reality show! Insiders say that the ‘Duck Dynasty’ clan is feuding over what to do about the anti-gay, racist, and sexist comments made by its patriarch, Phil Robertson.
Phil Robertson, the 67-year-old patriarch of the famous Duck Dynasty family, celebrated a huge victory on Dec. 27 when A&E lifted his suspension from the colossal hit show. Still, sources behind the scenes say that the rest of Phil’s family isn’t quite the united front they appear to be.
Robertson Family ‘At Odds’ Over Phil
Trouble in paradise? According to In Touch, the Louisiana-based Robertson family is being torn apart by Phil’s comments, which will likely affect the cable show’s viewership in the future. Despite saying “as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm” when Phil’s initial sentence was announced, an insider says that things behind the scenes are getting ugly.
“No one is surprised by what Phil said, or that he stands behind his quotes,” the insider says. “However, Phil’s sons have different ideas about how to handle the situation — and what it means for their future.”
According to the insider, Willie Robertson — the 41-year-old CEO of Duck Commander and mastermind behind Duck Dynasty — is most worried about how Phil’s words will affect the family’s financial standings.
“He’s the CEO and the most business-minded of the family, so of course he’s the most concerned about any potential fallout,” the insider continues. “He has to think about capitalizing on the attention and using it to their advantage. He’s hoping to keep the cast intact for as long as possible.”
Phil’s Other Sons ‘Could Care Less’
On the other side of the equation are 44-year-old Jase and 35-year-old Jep, who “could care less” if their fame and money disappears, says a source.
“Jase and his dad were very ready to leave the show and move on to other projects more focus on ministry before all this,” the source says. “Their hearts just aren’t in it anymore. [Jep] also expressed a desire to focus on other ventures. He sees this as a chance for the family to focus on the church and give lectures for their Christian fans.”
Same goes for Phil, who apparently hasn’t been remotely affected by the scandal that has muddied his name for the show’s non-orthodox fans.
“He’s been stepping back from the show little by little and easing full-time into a role of ministry,” the source says. “This is not even a scandal in his eyes. Willie is the one who has to worry about what direction this takes them in.”
Yikes! What side are you on, HollywoodLifers? Should Duck Dynasty call it quits if the family is fighting this much?
— Shannon Miller