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A conversation with Missy Robertson

Despite her newfound celebrity status, Missy Robertson is decidedly down-to-earth.
Marriage to Jason “Jase” Robertson made her an integral part of the Robertson clan, stars of the megahit reality show “Duck Dynasty” on the A&E Network. The series films six days per week, and Missy is often seen helping her mother-in-law, “Miss Kay,” and sister-in-law Korie expand the women’s line of the family business — Duck Commander/Buck Commander.
Like her husband and three brothers-in-law, Missy Robertson grew up in a strong Christian environment in West Monroe, La., where she has attended the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ all her life. Her father, Larry West, took the family on many of his well-known “We Care” evangelistic crusades. 
For 13 years, Missy attended Monroe-based Ouachita Christian School, where her mother, Peggy, was a teacher. All three of Missy and Jase’s children attend the school, where older son Reed plays football and baseball. Younger son Cole plays baseball, and daughter Mia is in third grade.
Active in church activities, Missy also is involved in the Ch-Yo-Ca church youth camp, where she serves as crafts director. She cites faith and family as the most important aspects of her life.
What challenges does the fame of “Duck Dynasty” present to your marriage?
We have a very strong marriage. There’s not a whole lot that has gotten to us in our 22 years. I think it’s because of the way we were raised and because of our faith.
It’s very rare that a couple like Phil and Kay would have four boys and all of them be married to their original wives for as many years as they have been.
And, of course, my parents have been married to only each other. So, when we got married, both Jase and I knew it was for life and for eternity.
Of course, when you’re getting married at 19 and 20, who can anticipate anything? Not that we haven’t had challenges, but there’s never been a question that we weren’t going to be together for the rest of our lives.
People actually target him, thinking “he’s going to be mine one day.” But they don’t know about our faith in God, and that is not an option for us. Truly, we are still highly in love with each other.
He still makes my heart skip a beat. 
What do your children think about all the attention?
Our kids have done great with it. But it is definitely a day-to-day challenge because they are also on social networks. I have to monitor what the world is tweeting to them, what they’re putting on their Facebook walls and make sure that they are responding appropriately. We have many talks in our house about how to handle situations.
One thing about the Robertson family — there is nothing that is taboo to talk about. I wasn’t raised that way, but they definitely were. Everything is on the table. You have a problem, we’re going to lay it out, and we’re going talk about it. And nobody’s going to bed until it’s ironed out.
We have a lot of meetings in the late-night hours at our house because our children are our No. 1 priority. If we get famous and rich and lose our kids, it was for nothing.
Do you attend church regularly?
Yes, we do. A large part of our lives is involved in our church family. That’s not just something we say. It’s not just a card that we punch on Sunday morning. We’re very involved in each other’s lives as brothers and sisters in Christ.

How has celebrity affected your involvement in the church?

We are still very involved. We’re not there quite as often as we would like to be.
I feel like, though, because I’ve been there my entire life — Jason’s been there most of his life — that’s home.
White’s Ferry Road is home. We feel very comfortable, and people are comfortable with us.
I’ve sung on the worship team there for over 20 years. I miss it when I’m not there because I want to sing, and I love to worship.
But we’ve kind of brought a new energy, I think, to Sunday mornings, because of the fame. People want to come and see what’s going on at our church. Why would “Duck Dynasty” people go to that church? They’re interested in that.
So, if there’s any way that we can bring people to hear the Gospel of Jesus — because at White’s Ferry Road you’re going to hear the Gospel every Sunday — and if we can bring that to any visitors, we don’t mind that at all. People are driving from all over the country to come to our church to see what’s going on.
Has all of this given new opportunities to share the Gospel in places and with people that you otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to speak to?
Definitely! Jase has been traveling and speaking for several years. Phil has been doing that a lot longer than Jase, of course. But that’s because of the fame of Duck Commander, starting with Phil on the videos years ago, and his commanding presence and his knowledge of the Bible. People wanted to hear that.
Then it grew when “Benelli Presents Duck Commander” (the predecessor to “Duck Dynasty”) came out and they saw Jase. Now Phil and Jase are overwhelmed with so many requests. So it’s just grown over the past few years.
They have always had that desire and that skill. Now they’ve just been able to show the world who they really are, whose they really are and what they stand for.
How did the TV series develop?
Phil was doing commercials for the Benelli shotgun company. They had a script, but when the cameras came on, Phil said, “A shotgun, in my opinion, must have three things — boom, boom, boom.”
That was nowhere on their script, and they said, “OK, that’s a wrap.”
That commercial was up for many awards on the Outdoor Channel. They said, “I think we might be able to do a reality show.” That was the first step. 
Of course, they did the first reality-type show on the Outdoor Channel, and the first year, it just zoomed straight to the top. And we swept their awards that year. They even had to make new criteria for how many awards one show could actually win after that because we pretty much took all the categories and all the fan favorites.
We did that for three seasons, and then it caught the attention of the larger networks.

Is “Duck Dynasty” true to life?

We are able to stay true to ourselves. There is an element in these guys from their raising by Phil and Kay — they are so self-confident. They are not arrogant. They are just very self-confident. They don’t care what anybody else thinks. 
And I can say this about Jase: He does not care what anyone else thinks about the decisions that he makes.
And I think that is a huge element in the show, because so many people want to please the masses in these sitcoms and reality shows. They want the ratings — what should I say to get good ratings?
This family doesn’t think like that. Jason, I know, does not think like that. We are going to be true to ourselves first.
We didn’t know if the show was going to work. We sat around in a meeting with the Benelli company years ago and said, “Wait a minute — reality shows? They live on conflict, dysfunction and trying to get a rise out of each other, for the cameras. We are Christian people. We try to do the opposite. So, we don’t see how this is going to work.”
I’m not going to say that I am a prophet, but I just had a feeling that the audience was going to love the Robertsons — because they are not like anybody else I’ve ever been around in my life. They’re just not.  
What is your goal with “Duck Dynasty?”
This has not been our goal in life — to have a TV show and to be rich and famous. I never saw that happening. I said I don’t mean to be a prophet. I felt some things, but I never saw this happening.
Now that it’s happened, we realize — and we realized when it was happening — this is something that God is doing for us and is doing through us. This is not because of us.
I feel a very weighty responsibility in this — sometimes overwhelming — where I feel like, I hope that we’re doing our father in heaven justice with this show. Because I want to make sure that, through the things God has given us, we can glorify him, we can lead people to him, we can show the sacrifice that he made with his son and how appreciative we are of that fact.
That’s the most important thing to us. And if it gets to where we’ve lost that perspective, please Lord, take this away, because we do not want this for us. We want it for him. So far, I truly feel like that we are doing some good for him. And we do hear that quite often.
What else would you like to say to your fellow Christians?
I want to say this for the Christian community — and that’s basically who’s reading The Christian Chronicle. We get a little criticism from the Christian community because they feel like we’re not saying enough on the show about Jesus, God and church. But we’re not here to preach. We want to show Jesus.
I hope the Christian community will understand that God is pushing this train, and we are not hiding that fact at all.
We’ve got to make sure that we are approachable by the world, and I think that the men — all of their lives — have done a great job in that.
Our show appeals to the world. Once we appeal to the world, we can attract them to Jesus, and that means being in the world, but not of the world, just like Jesus said. I hope folks will just be patient with us and really trust that God’s using us in this way.

  • Feedback
    hi Missy first of all I love your show and second I love that at the end of every episode you all say a prayer for every meal I mean I do to but its nice that you do that on TV 🙂 ps I am 13
    Claire Tolleson
    Covington, USA
    August, 22 2013

    I only just started watching the first season as I was wondering what all the hoopla was about 🙂 I just love this family! I really like this article because I haven’t seen much of Missy on the show since I’ve just started it and this is just a great interview! I love her mentality of if it ever be ones something else for them other than doing it for God, then take it away. So good to bear and see such strong commitment to our Savior!
    Bible Church
    Sedalia, Mo
    August, 18 2013

    Thank God for the Robertson Family. They are doing so much for the Glory of God.
    Joe and Lisa Conway
    Peace Lutheran
    Salina, Kansas
    United States
    July, 28 2013

    I have enjoyed this article. I pray that the Lord will continue to allow Duck Dynasty into households so that he can use them to share His word. I would love for my uncle to meet Uncle Si one day, because, he too served in the Vietnam War. He fought on the front line. Since Vietnam, he preaches (at the Veteran’s Hospital) and has been a wonderful role model for as long as I can remember. I know the sacrifice that he made to serve our country. He suffers today from post traumatic syndrome. But praise be to God for bringing him home from Vietnam and working in his life so that he can help others.
    Sharon Gregory
    Littcarr, Kentucky
    United States
    July, 25 2013

    Fantastic article, Missy. Many Christians either forget or don’t understand that Jesus came, not only to save the world, but to show us how God wants us to live – as ambassadors for Him. You guys do a great job showing the world how to live the Christian life. That’s why so many viewers watch the show – they want to see real, true Christianity at work in the real world.
    charles pollock
    Madison Hills Baptist Church
    san antonio, texas
    July, 22 2013

    I love DUCK DYNASTY and the Robertson family. We really miss seeing the show every Wed. nite and all the re-runs. It was TIME for a clean-based TV show the whole family can enjoy. Come over and bring the show with you! Keep up the good work. God bless. The “real” BOSS Hogg of Arica (J.D. Hogg of “Dukes of Hazzard” fame was based on the charter of my true grandfather of Harlan, KY, I am told. Honest!)
    Jerry & Ann Hogg
    Benoni, Johannesburg
    July, 7 2013

    Very nice article. I pray for the Robertson family that they keep on as Missy said “We want to show Jesus” Amen.
    God Bless
    Brenda Philip
    Chrisitan Missionary Alliance
    Glencoe, PA
    June, 21 2013

    Your show is a blessing. The people are so genuine. I love it that the girls don’t have plastic surgery the men put thier toe in hygene at best scenario.i am from texas ethnic diversity is every where. I live in poor Hispanic community. I am caucasion.but the best thing about that is we have white trash of all races Hispanic black white. But bottom line texas is Bible Belt an you have every kind of church on every other corner. As well as a BMW making a right turn look to left a homeless vet panhandling but look further down the road a drug deal is in process. Ya know I grew up here its home scary and comfortable. I thank the good Lord for my daily blessings. So bottom line duck dynasty seems like a piece of heaven I haven’t seen yet.
    Janice wade
    Gods creation
    Dallas, Tx
    June, 12 2013

    How refreshing you are! I thank God for your show. Thank you for being bold and proud of your faith. That is so needed in this day and age. When your show comes into our home we feel as if ya’ll are a special part of our family. Hope you have continued success. You all are in our prayers.
    Donna Bourgeois
    Jasper, Texas
    May, 29 2013

    My husband and I love Duck Dynasty because they seem so real. He watches the reruns all the time. I hope money doesn’t change them and please keep praying to Jesus at the end of each show. Give him all the credit for your fame!
    Dale Bowen
    Baptist Faith
    Jesup, GA
    May, 23 2013

    My husband and I love Duck Dynasty because they seem so real. He watches the reruns all the time. I hope money doesn’t change them and please keep praying to Jesus at the end of each show. Give him all the credit for your fame!
    Dale Bowen
    Baptist Faith
    Jesup, GA
    May, 23 2013

    I love this show. I 16 and me and my family are over in Africa doin mission work. I enjoy watchin this show because I am a new christian, I have been goin to church my entire life and here recently I was baptized, but this show has helped me even more in my faith. I am very grateful that this show is out there on the t.v. I thank it’s what the world needs a good faithful family who still has faith in God even though they have money.
    Laura Wagner
    Church of Christ
    Chimala, Mbeya
    May, 4 2013

    Larry West will be in town this week (4-21-13 to 4-26-13) to build-up the churches of Christ in town at the Fox and Lake Congregation.
    John Oberuch
    Sunset Church of Christ
    Carlsbad, NM
    April, 21 2013

    It is refreshing to see the antics of the Robertson family and how at the end of each show there is a nugget of wisdom to be found in the day’s activities. Perhaps a modern version of Christian parables, Robertson style.
    Clearwater Christian Church
    Vavenby, BC
    April, 18 2013

    I love Duck Dynasty and so does my family. The Robertson are real people that remind me of people I know that live here in rural Minnesota. I personally am glad they don’t do a lot of Jesus talk on their show as that would turn me off to watching it. And I am a fellow believer. Their actions speak louder than words and I think a lot of people are really sick of hearing people preach and talk God talk and act so fake and to find out that they are living differently than how they talk. So we tune into the Robertson because they are real, fun and we don’t have to sensor it for our kids!
    non denominational
    Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    United States
    April, 18 2013

    This is a wonderful article to me. I was raised in the Church and just as recent as 10 years ago my wife and i found a true church family, not as legalistic as how I was raised and took to heart. I hunger now for the freedom in Christ in any form. Watching Duck Dynasty I see our Savior in each episode, it is beautiful and I am glad that the Robertson’s ears stay opened to our Father. Thank you all!
    Doug Williams
    Church of Christ
    Conway, AR
    April, 18 2013

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