Jessica And Jep Robertson Asked On ‘GMA’ About Phil’s Thoughts On Black Grandson, Viewers Shocked

Last night’s viewers got to see Jessica and Jep Robertson on their new show, and they even brought home their new baby Jules. Everyone was happy to see that after an attempt at adoption failed, Jep and Jessica were able to bring their baby boy home with them. This morning, Jessica and Jep were on Good Morning America to talk about how things are going now and their new show Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty. ET Online shared what the two had to say on the show this morning.

This show was their first live interview since Gus joined their family. The baby is named Jules, but they are calling him by his middle name. Jessica Robertson shared that after their fourth child River, she had some health problems which kept her from having another baby. After several years of talking about it, Jep and Jessica Robertson decided that this was something they really wanted to do for their family. Jep Robertson teased that he wanted a full basketball team. Jep also said if they can spoil a child, then they are doing it.

Yahoo shared that Jessica Robertson actually had to have multiple caesarean sections with her older children, and was told by her doctor that she could not have another baby biologically. They also had two adoptions that failed and didn’t work out for the family in the end.

Next, Jesse Palmer asked Jep and Jessica about what Phil Robertson thinks, and a lot of people are shocked that Jesse Palmer would even ask this question of Jep and Jessica Robertson. It is obvious that the baby is loved, and until now the fact that he is not a white baby had not even been discussed. Back in 2013, Phil Robertson made some remarks that didn’t sound very well, and he was under hot water for it. Jep shared how his dad reacted to the fact that their new son is black. His brother Willie has also adopted a son that is black, so it isn’t like this is something new for their family.

“He always said, and I guess this never got quoted, is that, ‘We’re all part of one race, the human race.’ He loves him.”

What Phil Robertson said that got him in trouble was during an interview with GQ. Here is what he shared.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, I tell you what: These doggone white people — not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Jep’s dad Phil Robertson later revealed that he didn’t mean it in a negative way and was just sharing his own personal experience. Phil defended himself by saying, “We don’t look at people like black, white and brown. We’re all members of the human race.” This wasn’t enough to get all of their fans back though, and the Robertson brand has suffered.

What did you think of the show Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty? Do you feel like Jesse Palmer took it too far with this question for Jep and Jessica Robertson on Good Morning America today? Sound off in the comments section below, and don’t miss new episodes on A&E on Wednesday nights.

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