Is Duck Dynasty staged? Jase Robertson answers that question and more

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The men of Duck Dynasty are much more comfortable with shotguns than with smartphones. Phil, in particular, has come out strongly against cell phones and other hand held electronics. They’re not for him, he says. They’re too yuppie. In case you don’t want to take my word for it, check out this montage based on some of Phil’s Duck Dynasty interviews.

But Jase and Willie aren’t Phil and Si. They may live in the woods, but they also live in the 21st century, and they’re a lot more comfortable with that than their father and uncle. So, each week since the new season started, Jase has followed up the new episode with a little bit of social networking. He’s posted comments to Facebook about the episode, responded to some of the questions that folks have been asking him, and commented on social networking itself. Here’s some of what he’s had to say.

Duck Dynasty Season Two premiered on October 10th. On the 11th, Jase must have woken up to a slammed Facebook inbox, because he decided to send out a blanket response to his fans. He puts us all on notice: he can’t respond to us individually, he can’t promote anyone’s (or, at least anyone else’s) business through social networking, and we’re probably not his kin. Dang. He also makes it crystal clear that he is happily married and committed to his wife. (Wonder what kind of emails spurred that response?!)

Most interestingly, though, Jase comments on the “reality” of his family’s reality TV show. I’m guessing that a big pile of the messages he saw in his inbox said something about how staged the first episode looked. (I didn’t send one of those messages, but I could have.) Jase’s response? Well, he seems to acknowledge that things might look staged, but he also suggests that they really aren’t. Things occur in their normal lives, producers get involved, editing happens, and we get what we get. That’s Jase’s story, and he’s sticking with it.

Jase Robertson Duck Dynasty set up Willie Robertson

The tone of Jase’s comments after the second episode are much lighter. He seems to be having more fun and feeling less besieged by his fans. Again, this isn’t really surprising, since the second set of episodes was much better than the first set. According to Jase, the boat sinking wasn’t staged, either. In fact, Jase sinks boats all the time, he says.

And, Si found his tea glass, thank goodness! Most strikingly, Si has tea glasses in colors other than blue (maybe we’ll see them soon!) and they were a gift from his mother, sent to him when he was in Vietnam. That’s amazing. That apparently unremarkable blue plastic glass is something special, indeed. I feel like we should’ve known.

Jase Robertson Duck Dynasty staged Si Robertson

Two days later, Jase must have finally gotten through his email, because he has some more answers for us. (Thanks, Jase!)

First, he doesn’t really know why he and his brothers call their parents by their first names, but he assures us it isn’t out of disrespect. Secondly (and this is my favorite) Jase solves the mystery of Si’s uneven beard. Half of it gets regularly “trimmed” by getting caught under the strap of his gun! That’s nuts. Next, maybe Jase will explain why half of it is white and the other half is dark grey. It’ll have something to do with gunpowder or camouflage, I’m sure.

There’s also an update on Sadie and some info about Jase’s favorite duck call, but he definitely saves the best for last . . . Si’s married! What the? Who is she?! Let’s hope she makes an appearance sometime this season. We have to get to know the woman who shares a life with Uncle Si! Oh, the stories she could tell! You know what? I bet she’s one special lady.

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Here’s the full text of Jase’s Facebook posts.

October 11: Top 5 things that could make our social networking better. This is my opinion. First, no private messages. I cant possibly respond, it is too many. Second, if I havent met you yet, we are probably not kin to each other. Third, I am HAPPILY married. Fourth, I can not help your business in any way via social networking. I am not a businessman anyway. Fame and fortune is frivolous to me. Fifth, the show is highlights of our lives. We are not actors. 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. Any other questions feel free to post them on my wall. Thanks.

October 18: Okay, just for funzies Ill answer a few questions before I crash to bed. 1. Yes, this is me, no one types things for me, it seems awkward to answer that. 2. I have probably sunk more boats than my entire list of followers combined, probably because I get so excited to be on the prowl. 3. Si found his tea cup, but he actually has a set that my grandma sent him in Vietnam, I think its 5 they are different colors and treated with equal importance to Si. Lastly, I will try and answer a few questions from time to time if you all want to post a few questions. I appreciate the support.

October 20: Okay, here are a few answers, hope you figure out the questions. 1. I am not sure why we call our parents by their first names. It just happened without thought. We do call them mom and dad sometimes. It certainly is not out of disrespect. My theory is it is a sign that we were kicked out of the nest or our friendships became stronger post 20s. 2. Si’s beard is shorter on one side because one of the hazards of shooting a gun with a long beard is if the beard gets in between the shoulder and gun-butt, well, its gone. 3. If you want to hang out with us, you are welcome to join us every Wed. night on A@E. Thats the best I can do. If you want to hunt with us you can purchase a hunting DVD from Duck Commander that we put out every year, for a nominal fee, of course. 4. Sadie still does not have a drivers license, but she is still dating Beau from last season. 5. I love to hunt things that fly. My favorite mallard duck call these days is the triple-threat. I am smitten with that call. 6. Si is married and committed, however he thinks all women find him attractive which I find delusional, but we love him anyway. Keep the questions coming and Ill do my best. This is for ‘funzies’ and that is not a yuppie word. Si claims he invented that word.

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  • michelle

    All “reality” shows are staged to some degree. And a lot of their scenes have that “set up” feel to them.

  • Renee Tessier

    Thank you for Duck Dynasty! What a refreshing family show! I hope everyone in your family is enjoying this experience. The Marathon is currently playing and after an insane week of “Holiday Corporate Crazy’s” ideas, it’s the best medicine…laughter and staying grounded!
    Being the mother and founder of our family business (w/2 sons) I can easily relate to the players. Selfishly, PLEASE keep the series going, it’s probably great advertising for you too! I know I’ll be buying your duck calls for everyone as Christmas presents…even if they don’t duck hunt. (wink).
    I especially enjoy how you end your show….enjoy.

  • Renee Tessier

    Thank you for Duck Dynasty! What a refreshing family show! I hope everyone in your family is enjoying this experience. The Marathon is currently playing and after an insane week of “Holiday Corporate Crazy’s” ideas, it’s the best medicine…laughter and staying grounded!
    Being the mother and founder of our family business (w/2 sons) I can easily relate to the players. Selfishly, PLEASE keep the series going, it’s probably great advertising for you too! I know I’ll be buying your duck calls for everyone as Christmas presents…even if they don’t duck hunt. (wink).
    I especially enjoy how you end your show….enjoy.

  • Sherry5

    I love this show as it reminds me of my 4 sons when they were growing up, and explains a few things too!! For instance ….how setting a field on fire could possibly be, as explained by one son, an experiment!

  • The entire show is a lot of fun and never boring even with a very limited dialog and set. That alone is amazing. But the thing I like best is how well you all seem to get along. I know it’s edited and some parts scripted, but still, your family closeness comes through and is very impressive. Are you all this funny whenever you get together?

  • Gin

    It seems staged, but if not I feel sorry for Willie. He is the only one worth a damn. He ought to fire his good-for-nothing redneck family.

    • Bleak5170

      Don’t feel too bad for him – he’s worth far more than anyone else on the show.

      • Mikeyd1991

        Your both wrong. Willie and his wife have the same combined net worth as phil and kay. Jase and missy along with jep and jessica aren’t far behind them. Also, why should he fire his family, they always meet quota and it’s his family. That means a lot more to him than money which he already has enough of. #familyvalues

    • Willie runs the business end. without the rest of the family there would be no business to run. Willie has stated that very fact many, many times.

  • I just got introduced to Duck Dynastya couple of weeks ago I find the show very interesting and entertaining.Keep up the good work and The Duck Calls.
    Regards Roger

  • We watched a marathon of this show over the weekend. It was way funny. I do have to wonder sometimes how staged it is. One episode had them shooting golfballs and I just want to know if they did that before, or if the network guys at A&E suggested that too them. But it’s still a fun way to unwind. We’ve started filling up our dvr with episodes.

  • Shaunda

    The WALTON’S ,The COSBY”S and now The ROBERTSON’S.TV is good again.

  • Bleak5170

    This is one of the most staged reality shows you’re ever going to see. Not that that’s a bad thing – they’re all like that. Real life is boring – even for redneck millionaires. Celebrities on other “reality” shows, (and ones far less eventful than D.D.) have flat-out admitted that what you see on T.V. is not even close to what goes on in reality. Doesn’t stop this show from being awesome though.

    • As a southern boy myself I can say that most of the events that do occur are probably not stage. Many things they do with regards to the outdoor happen in real life

    • Wayne the stain

      I believe that it is totally all real

  • Scott Lowe

    It is so refreshing to be able to gather my family around the tv to watch a very funny and entertaining show, while not worrying if they might see something inappropriate. Thanks for proving that a true family show can still exist today. And a special thank you for sharing your faith with us. Romans 12:2

  • Matt

    I have friends from my grandparents church who actually met the Robertson’s at White’s Fairy Road Church of Christ. They are in real life how they are in the show. This is my favorite show on television

  • rhondarrroo

    is lil willy adopted? he is so good looking.

    • Meximomma11

      Yes. They adopted him when he was one month old

      • me


  • nugget

    Si is stupendous. When he is on air my side aches from laughing so hard

    • Jp

      Maybe it was “YOUR APPENDIX”!

      • April G

        Or your humps… Lovely lovely humps. Hahahahlove that episode!

  • LeoLarios

    One of the best shows ever!!
    This family is a prime example of what we as Americans should try to emulate. It’s a shame that will never happen, every year it gets worst. Only god can help us now.

  • Navyboy

    Greetings from Victoria, Canada ! Great show, funny and very entertaining! You guys are hillarious!

  • robert ruschman

    i see jase, willy, and jeb on the show, but i keep hearing of four sons. who may the fourth one be? i love your show, si and jase being my favorite but i love all of the rest also. i have watched every one of the shows at least four times, o k i don’t have much of a life. i think you all should start a robertson duck dynesty cult with phil being the leader. i’d join

    • The fourth son is Alan and he was called to be a preacher so he isnt on any of the episodes. He doesnt have the big beards like the rest of the guys and he is the oldest out of the 4 boys.

  • My husband and I started watching Duck Dynasty when the second season started and it is our favorite show on television. We love the way the family ends the episodes by thanking the Lord for the things they have in their life. It is great to be able to sit and watch some funny clean stuff on television again!

  • My brother and I, both growing up together in Louisiana did way crazier shit than shooting golf balls. Imagine chaining a washer or dryer to the back of a truck and dragging it through town. I don;t doubt that some of the crazier shit is real…. As for those damned beaver dams I’d BURN them all. Just get the runoff from a hydraulics shop, that shit makes napalm look like a joke.

    • Marisa

      What’s so strange about shooting golf balls? My daughter shot a hole through one with a .22 at 40 yds when none of the guys at our lease bbq could hit it. lol She was 14 at the time.

  • Tigerfan

    Love this show! Also love how popular it is. I grew up in North Louisiana (the other Louisiana) and know and love people just like this. These people are normal in my part of the country. We love our God and our family. We are educated but don’t brag about it. Some of us hunt. Some of us fish. Some of us just like to talk about it. MOST of us love the outdoors, though. Daddies come home at night and stay married to mommies. Families attend church on Sunday. That is how it is. We have been made fun of for decades. Now, people think it is “refreshing.” Love it!!

  • LJK64

    Good show, it’s more scripted than it used to be, which is disappointing. :/

  • Sarah

    I wonder if si is really crazy or if he does that just for show?

  • Me

    Of course it’s scripted. All those stupid “reality shows” are. You think tv execs who invested millions of dollars in a production are just going to leave its fate all up to reality? Of course not. Situations are staged and the “stars” are guided on how to act (usually in an exaggerated fashion for entertainment value). The reality shows on cable stations like A&E, Discovery Channel, Tru TV, E!, Animal Planet, and History Channel are especially fake. Whoever makes the shows on these networks are obviously amateurs and not very good at making things seem genuine. Basic network tv producers (CBS, Fox, NBC, etc) are much better at the reality tv formula. Their shows are fake but not near as blatantly fake as the fabricated crap I see on cable.