The younger Robertsons appeared via satellite from a bar in Colorado and cheerfully deflected questions about Willie’s dad, Phil Robertson, and his recent comments regarding homosexuality, racism and religion. Multiple questions from the FOX News hosts failed to get anything incendiary.
When asked about the future of “Duck Dynasty” and the Robertsons’ relationship with A&E, Willie gave a simple answer: “We’re just glad to get back to work,” he says. “A&E and us are fine. The Robertsons, we’re lookin’ forward to getting back to make some funny shows. It’s a new year, so we’re ready to break in the New Year and start it all over again.”
The New Year’s hosts pressed harder on the controversy, to which Willie replied, “I gotta mention, my guys are back there making duck calls!”
It was that kind of interview.
Korie came the closest to sounding controversial when extolling the virtues and joys of the family. “We just try to stick together and have fun. We laugh at ourselves and forgive each other,” she says. “You know, at the end of the day, we sit down and thank God for our blessings, and we’re gonna continue to do that. Hopefully, we can spread that message. I think as a country, if we can come back to that a little bit, maybe we’ll have a great 2014.”
But since it’s easy to interpret this as nothing but promoting the family, it hardly counts as a scandal.
Willie was more interested in dropping spoilers and pointing out that his dad probably was already in bed. “I hired a good-lookin’ assistant for me, so that assistant will be revealed on the show this year,” he explained. As for Phil: “It’s duck season right now, so he goes to bed early. He’ll be getting up in a few hours. He’s not a big celebrator of the holidays. So New Year’s Eve is just another night to him. He’ll be getting up and hopefully getting some ducks. Hopefully they made it down there.”
It just may be that “Duck Dynasty” gets a quiet and pleasant 2014, if this interview is anything by which to judge them.