DUCK, YOU SUCKERS!
DUCK DYNASTY whilst makin’ it is really fakin’ it -- as in a fit of righteous rage, “Duck Dynasty” clan leader Phil Robertson blasted producers of the hit A&E reality show for faking parts of it to make the devoutly religious redneck clan appear to be more profane than they really are!
He angrily claims that execs not only put together story lines but also conspired to make the God-fearing family seem less religious by inserting “fake bleeps” so it looked as if they were cursing.
That’s deeply offensive to the colorful Louisiana family. They made a fortune in the duck-call business and are struggling to be portrayed just as they are – practicing Christians with strong family values who are grateful for their good fortune.
Phil, the 67-year-old patriarch who preaches at the local church and has baptized more than 300 people, reached the boiling point last year and publicly slammed producers “as people with no moral compass.”
“It’s spiritual warfare,” he declared. “This is Hollywood hitting the kingdom of God!”
Phil knows exactly how much is at stake as the show’s astonishing success rests on the family’s credibility.
“Duck Dynasty” has smashed multiple ratings records. Its fourth season premiere on Aug. 14 attracted a staggering 11.8 million viewers, becoming the most-watched non-fiction cable telecast in the history of television.
But problems started when the TV crew first arrived in Louisiana, revealed Phil’s son Jase, 44.
“There’s a blueprint for reality shows,” he said. “They like a lot of fits of rage, a lot of dysfunction and a lot of four-letter words.
“We said, ‘Look, you’re not going to find much of that here.’”
For Phil, the first sign of trouble came when he noticed producers trying to meddle with the family image by inserting “bleeps” to make it appear that they were cussing.
“I said, ‘If we’re not using profanity, why make it look like we’re using profanity?’” recalled Phil. So they quit doing that.”
Jase revealed that sometimes producers also put together story lines.
“The show is highlights of our lives,” he explained. “When you edit things into 22 minutes, some of it may seem a bit staged. It is about our faith, family, facial hair and meant to be fun.”
Phil’s wife, Miss Kay, loves to have her tightknit family over for home-cooked dinners – but producers infuriated Phil when they dropped “in Jesus’ name” from their mealtime grace.
“They would just have me saying, ‘Thank you Lord for the food. Thank you for loving us, amen,’” groused Phil. “I said, ‘Why would you cut out Jesus’ name?’ and they said, ‘Well, those editors are probably doing that – they don’t want to offend any of the Muslims or anything!’
“Now every once in a while, they’re leaving (the name) in there.”
If producers don’t back off, sources say it could lead to a holy war over the show.
“Faith is the number one thing in our lives,” said Phil’s 41-year-old son Willie. “So everything revolves around it – our marriages, our families and our business.”
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