The Duck Dynasty family confesses infidelity and alcohol struggles before fame, in a new documentary about the Robertson clan.
Millions of followers of the show, which has taken television and the internet by storm, will get a rare and candid view of the Duck Dynasty family’s patriarch Phil Robertson, with his wife Kay by his side.
In the documentary, the Robertsons reveal how infidelity and alcohol abuse almost led them to break apart.
“I got in a barroom brawl, the laws got after me. I went to the woods, of course,” Phil explained in the dramatic interview.
Kay talks about the drinking her husband was doing and how it affected the children:
“The drinking got worse. And I knew then but I didn’t want to believe it, (he) was running around on me. And what I would tell my boys all the time is, ‘That’s not your daddy. That’s the devil in your daddy.’”
The Duck Dynasty couple revealed that things started to improve when Kay convinced Phil to talk to a pastor.
“I’ve been fighting for this marriage for a long time and it’s working,” she said.
Then, Phil invented his now famous duck call, the Duck Commander, which led to a multi-million dollar enterprise and now the incredibly popular reality television show, Duck Dynasty.
Meeting with the pastor was just the beginning of the healing process for the Robertsons. Now, things are very different for the Duck Dynasty family.
Phil credits their success to God.
“We would all be better off if we loved God,” Robertson said, “and loved each other.”
“Part of the show’s appeal,” according to Hollywood Reporter executive editor Mathew Belloni, “has always been that they have this extraordinary wealth, but they also have issues that regular families deal with, and they deal with it in a very honest and open way.”
Duck Dynasty’s family business began in a shed, were Phil Robertson spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana’s cedar trees.
The A&E show has broken several TV ratings records, and the Season 4 premiere attracted 11.8 million viewers, more than any non-fiction cable show in history.
The Duck Dynasty family documentary will be broadcast on Thursday, November 21 on the site I am Second.com